What are Bedbugs?
Bedbugs are small, oval, brown insects that feed on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and become a reddish color.
Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Although they are a nuisance and cause often itchy bites, they are not believed to transmit diseases.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, beddings and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces. Bedbugs do not have nests, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in and around mattresses, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.
Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. You are as likely to find them in perfectly clean homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.
When Bedbugs Bite
Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are asleep. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first but later turn into itchy welts. Bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping.
People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Signs of a Bedbug Infestation
- Bloodstains on your sheets or pillowcases
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheet, mattresses, bed, clothes, and walls
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands
If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding and check it carefully for signs of the bugs or their excrement. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and examine the seams in the wood framing. Peel back the fabric where it is stapled to the wood frame.
Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call Greencare, who will help you identify and control bedbug infestations.
Did You Know
Bedbugs have extremely strong instincts. These instincts allow them to resist the allure of food during the daytime when their prey could spot them. Bedbugs only come out of hiding when the smell of exhaled carbon dioxide gets too strong to resist. That usually happens in the evening, when you’re sleeping.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs
Which places are potentially high risk for bed bug infestations?
Bedbugs are not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. We have seen infestations everywhere including homes, hotels, hospitals, schools, dormitories, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters, and even public transportation. Even five-star hotels and high-end clothing stores are not spared from infestation.
Why are bedbugs so hard to treat?
Bedbugs should not be equated with filth or sanitation problems. Bedbugs are very elusive, transient pests. And they are hardy. They can live for several months without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 50 degrees Celsius. Bedbugs can be controlled with vigilance, constant inspection, and treatment by professional pest control companies like Greencare.
How can I protect myself from bedbug infestations?
To prevent bedbug infestations, you need to be vigilant in assessing your surroundings. When returning from a trip, check your luggage and clothing. If you think you may have a bed bug infestation, contact us. This is often not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.
Are bedbugs only found in beds?
Bedbugs are not just found in beds. They can be in chair cushions, sofas, behind electrical outlets, cracks and crevices, or even behind picture frames. In other words, they can be live pretty much anywhere.
Can I get sick from bedbugs?
Bedbugs are not known to spread any diseases to humans. However, their bites can leave behind itchy, red welts which can become infected from scratching.