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How Can Homeowners Identify Bed Bugs?
While a variety of insects create issues for San Antonio, Texas homeowners, bed bugs are one of the more difficult ones to eradicate. For years, bed bugs were virtually non-existent in the United States as commonly-employed insecticides were highly effective at eliminating them. Modern regulations controlling the use of those pesticides resulted in a resurgence of the bugs, and they are now once again routinely seen in Texas. Today, it’s all too common for homeowners to become hosts and experience uncomfortable bites while they’re sleeping.
Questions that People Most Frequently Ask Us
Take a look at some of the typical questions that pop up in the minds of our clients
How long do bed bugs live?
Adult bed bugs can live for up to 18 months without feeding. This means that they can survive even if you think you’ve gotten rid of them.
Should I throw out my mattress if I have bed bugs?
No. You don’t need to throw out your mattress if you have bed bugs. A pest control professional will be able to treat your mattress and get rid of the infestation.
Where do bed bugs live?
Bed bugs can live anywhere in your home, but they’re most often found in beds, sofas, and chairs. They can also be found in cracks and crevices in walls or floors. If you think you have bed bugs, it’s important to inspect your entire home for signs of an infestation.
Are bed bugs hard to get rid of?
Yes. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of because they’re experts at hiding. They can also live for several months without feeding, so they can survive even if you think you’ve gotten rid of them. If you think you have bed bugs, it’s best to call a pest control professional.
What are bed bugs attracted to?
Bed bugs are most attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide. They often congregate near where people sleep so they can have easy access to food.
Do you get bed bugs because your home/office is dirty?
No. Bed bugs are not attracted to dirt or grime and can be found in both clean and messy homes. They’re attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide, so they often congregate near where people sleep.
How do I know if I’ve been bitten by bed bugs?
Bed bug bites usually appear as small, red bumps on the skin. They’re often found in a line or cluster, and they can be itchy and painful. If you think you’ve been bitten by bed bugs, it’s important to inspect your bedding for other signs of bed bugs.
What do bed bugs look like?
Adult bed bugs are small, brown, and flat. They’re about the size of an apple seed, and they can vary in color from light brown to almost black. Bed bug nymphs (juveniles) are smaller than adults and are typically white or pale in color.
How do I know if I have a bed bug infestation?
One of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation is finding small red bites on your skin. If you notice bites on your skin, it’s important to inspect your bedding for other signs of bed bugs. Another sign of an infestation is finding small, dark spots on your sheets or mattress. These spots are bedbug feces, and they’re a good indicator that there are bedbugs present.