Bed bugs cause homeowners a variety of issues. Because they are difficult to spot initially, you may not realize you have an infestation until it’s well-advanced. Understanding how these creatures live and behave is the key to spotting them early on.
Appearance and Habits
Bed bugs are roughly oval-shaped, reddish brown, and flattened, wider at their back ends than the front. They’re less than a one-quarter inch in length, which can make them hard to spot in small numbers. Additionally, their nocturnal preferences mean that people often don’t know that they are present until it is too late. Bed bugs prefer human hosts, and their mouthparts are designed to prick the skin in such a way that a sleeper doesn’t often notice the bite. They can go without food for more than a year as adults, making them disturbingly resilient creatures.
As their name suggests, bed bugs typically congregate where their human hosts sleep. During the day, they hide in the folds and crevices of a mattress and bed frame. They invade any home or building, regardless of its cleanliness. Detecting an infestation is usually done by finding their leavings—egg casings, excrement, and shed skins from nymphs, though these are often extremely tiny. Often, spots of blood after a bed bug has bitten a human host can be found on bed sheets, which is an indicator of their presence.
If you suspect or have confirmed that you have a bed bug infestation, your next step should be to contact your pest control service right away. Bed bugs can leave eggs almost anywhere, so removing furniture is not enough, especially for an advanced infestation. Contact Payne Pest Management at (818) 574-7889 and let us solve any bed bug problems. Visit our website for more details on our pest control services.