While you are sleeping, bedbugs are hard at work. About the size of an apple seed, bedbugs feed off the blood of humans and animals. Although they have been around for thousands of years, bedbugs have recently become a problem for residents. Most people confuse bedbug bites for mosquito bites. Therefore, it is crucial to identify the signs of bedbugs to prevent an infestation.
Bedbugs Can Live Anywhere
Hence their name, bedbugs can wreak havoc in bedrooms. You can check for bedbugs in the seams of your mattress or around the bed frame. However, the bedroom isn’t the only place where bedbugs like to hang out. You can find bedbugs in:
- College dorms.
- Movie theaters.
- Retail stores.
It is important to note that bedbugs depend on blood. Therefore, even the cleanest homes can be a target for bedbugs.
Bedbug Bites are Painless
The bedbug’s saliva acts as an anesthetic, making its host feel almost nothing. According to the Centers for Disease for Control and Prevention, bedbug bites can take up to 14 days to form. The feeding process lasts until the bedbug becomes swollen and turns to a reddish color. The result of a bedbug bite leaves the host with itchy, welts covering the body. In more serious cases, bedbug bites can cause serious allergic reactions.
Bedbugs Love to Hide
Bedbugs are professionals at going undetected. Due to their flat bodies, bedbugs can easily make their way into mattresses, couches and luggage. The fabric contains folds where the bedbug can hide. In older furniture, it is likely that any small crack is enough for bedbugs to fit into. Also, the heat given off the human body attracts bedbugs. Even the carbon dioxide we exhale gives these pests the signal to come out and bite.
Can Go a Long Time Without Food
Bedbugs can go for several months without food. They can also thrive in warm conditions and can retain moisture due to their waxy coated shells. When bedbugs are not feeding, they spend their time mating or laying eggs. The female bedbug can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime.
Contact Advantage Today
Having bedbugs in your home is a nightmare come true. The good news is that a professional pest control service like Advantage can prevent a bedbug infestation. With Advantage, you can guarantee excellent customer service and pest protection. To schedule an inspection, contact us today.