A type of nocturnal, parasitic pest that feed on the blood of mammals, and unfortunately for us, humans are a mammal. Adult bed bugs are about 3/16th of an inch in length and are a flat-oval shape, brownish-red color, and turn redder after a blood meal. Their eggs are small, only about 1 mm in size and are whitish in color. Bed bug nymphs are no larger than a pinhead and both nymphs and eggs are very difficult to see with the naked eye.
What are the dangers of bed bugs?
Bed bugs are not particularly dangerous and don’t carry or spread diseases that affect humans. But, the burrowing of bed bug bites causes red welts to form in lines or clusters on the skin and are very itchy.
If bites are scratched open, infections may occur requiring medical attention.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of, and do-it-yourself treatments don’t work. Contacting a professional is the best way to eliminate a bed bug infestation from your home.
Flea Master uses safe, effective, non-invasive treatments to quickly get rid of all bed bugs, their eggs and nymphs from your home. Contact us today for information on how to eliminate this itchy biting pest from your home.
Can I prevent an infestation in my home?
Here are some precautions and preventive tips that you can take to help lower your chances of a home bed bug invasion.
- Use furniture or clothing must be thoroughly washed and cleaned before use.
- Immediately wash all clothing in hot water and place in the dryer after returning from a trip abroad. Before putting away your suitecases, make sure you clean and vacuum them.
- Keep suitcases, purses, bags, and coats up off of the floor of hotels and other public places.
- Inspect your hotel room mattresses or linens for small spots of blood or brown droppings, piles of exoskeletons that bed bug nymphs shed as they grow.
- Look for adult bed bugs in the cracks and crevices of hotel or motel floors, walls, mattresses and box springs.