Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals, with human blood being their favorite food source. Bed bugs hide out during the day in tight cracks and crevices, emerging at night to feed on human blood, attracted to the carbon dioxide people produce as they breathe.

very close detail of a bed bug showing a brown translucent body

Bed bugs are flat oval-shaped pests that are reddish-brown in color; adult bed bugs are often described as looking like an apple seed with legs. When not in use, their proboscis which is an elongated mouthpart that bed bugs use for feeding, is held backward and underneath their bodies. When they are ready to feed, the proboscis is extended forward and is injected into their victim. The nymphs, young bed bugs, look very similar to adult bed bugs, except they are smaller in size.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Despite the fact that bed bugs feed on blood, they are not considered a dangerous pest. They aren’t known for transmitting a wide range of diseases to people and, in fact, most people have little to no reaction to their bites. However, people who are allergic to their bites may experience extreme itchiness, leading to secondary infection, which will require medical attention. Bed bugs are not pests that anyone wants to have living in their home. The knowledge of an infestation can create stress in people and cause loss of sleep.
 
There is research being done that may possibly link bed bugs with Chagas disease. When a bed bug bite is exposed to bed bug feces, a person could potentially be infected with the parasite which causes Chagas disease. These parasites live in the heart and digestive muscles of its host, and can lead to severe digestive and neurological problems.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

If you're dealing with bed bugs in your home, those bed bugs most likely got inside after hitchhiking their way inside after you or your belongings accidentally came into contact with them. These parasitic pests do not discriminate and will invade any home, no matter how clean it is. All those invading bed bugs care about is that there is a food source present, which in this case would be you and your family members. Bed bug infestations usually begin in the areas of a home where people sleep, typically bedroom areas. As they breed and the infestation grows, the infestation has the potential to spread throughout your entire home.

Where are bed bugs commonly found?

As their main source of food is human blood, bed bugs can usually be found in almost any public environment where people are constantly traveling to and fro:

Examples of public places where bed bugs can be present include:

  • Movie theaters

  • Airports

  • Libraries

  • Taxis

  • Shopping centers

  • Schools

  • Hospitals

  • Apartment buildings

  • Dormitories

After finding their way inside a home, bed bugs hide out in a number of places, including, but not limited to:

  • In cracks and crevices located in wooden headboards and footboards.

  • Inside dressers and electronics

  • On walls and floors

  • In upholstered or wooden furniture

  • Inside cabinets and closets

  • Inside electrical outlets

  • In the seams of mattresses and box springs

  • In and around piles of dirty laundry

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The best way to eliminate bed bugs from your home is to partner with a pest control company that is experienced in dealing with bed bugs. When you partner with us at Triple S, we'll identify those bed bugs, find the source of your bed bug problem, and exterminate them in all stages of development with our thermal remediation services!

To learn more about implementing our bed bug control services into your Central or Northern Virginia home or business, reach out to us at Triple S Services!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

In combination with professional pest control services from Triple S Services, there are steps you can take to help prevent bed bugs from making their way into your home:

  • Have a good understanding of what bed bugs look like and how to identify the signs of their presence.

  • Inspect any hotel, motel, resort or any other environment where you will be staying overnight for signs of bed bugs before bringing your luggage and other belongings inside.

  • After returning home from a trip, place all clothing taken in one area, preferably the laundry room, and immediately wash and dry it on a high heat setting.

  • Keep all your bags, coats, luggage, purses, and other personal belongings off the floor in hotel rooms and any other public environment.

  • Do not purchase used furniture, mattresses, box springs, or clothing items for your home.

 

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