Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

What You Need To Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bug crawling through fabric fiber

Bed bugs are named after their preference to hide close to areas people sleep. However, as you will learn below, sleeping areas aren't the only place you will find bed bugs in your home if they infest!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

At about 1/4 of an inch long, bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed. Their bodies are flat, oval-shaped, and reddish brown. Bed bugs can't fly or jump.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are parasitic pests, so they rely on a host for blood meals. Although they bite and feed on people and other mammals, bed bugs don't spread diseases and are not considered dangerous.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are unique pests because of how they infest homes. Instead of making their way inside on their own, bed bugs are usually carried inside by unsuspecting people. Often, someone with bed bugs will spread them to a public place where they hitchhike to other areas, spreading throughout a community much quicker than you might think.

In some cases, bed bugs can find their way inside by traveling through the walls of one apartment or condo to the next. They also make their way inside in infested secondhand items.

Where will I find bed bugs?

While bed bugs prefer to be near sleeping areas in the seams of mattresses, box springs, and sheets, these are not the only places they will be in the homes they infest. Bed bugs reproduce quickly, and as they do, they will spread to different rooms of a home, hiding in tiny cracks and crevices where they can safely lay more eggs.

Some places where bed bugs can hide include electrical receptacles, the joints of furniture, under wallpaper, in the corners of rooms where the ceiling and walls meet, and just about anywhere else you can think of.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Relying on DIY bed bug control won't get you very far. These pests are among the most challenging to eliminate because of the way they spread throughout a home, hiding in tiny crevices.

Bed bugs lay their eggs in hidden places, so if you are treating to get rid of them but miss one of these hiding spots, the eggs will hatch and continue the infestation. So the best way to get rid of bed bugs is with the assistance of pest control experts.

At Delmar Pest Control, we perform a home pest inspection and can use dogs to aid in the examination in extreme cases. We conduct whole house treatments using heat, liquids, and a hybrid treatment for wall voids.

Call Delmar Pest Control to get started with the bed bug control services you need!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Using these bed bug control techniques for prevention, you can help to keep your home a bed bug-free environment:

  • Don't put your belongings on the floor in public places such as offices, schools, transportation hubs, theaters, gyms, and restaurants.
  • If you purchase secondhand items, inspect and clean them thoroughly before bringing them into your home.
  • When staying in a hotel or motel, inspect your room before putting your bags down, always using a luggage rack, but not before checking it, as they are typical bed bug hot spots.
  • Inspect your belongings before returning home from school or work.

Contact our team at Delmar Pest Control to learn more about our residential or commercial pest control services and how we can help you with bed bugs.

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