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What Are Bed Bugs?

What are Bed Bugs?

By definition, they are a bloodsucking bug which is a parasite of birds and mammals. They are a small oval insect that feed off the blood of animals and humans. Mostly active at night, you can find them in three different stages of life.

Bed Bug Eggs-

They look like tiny grains of white rice and are about a mm in size.  Females lay the eggs after a blood meal in cracks, crevices and other protected and isolated shelters. Thes eggs will hatch in one or two weeks into nymphs.

Young Bed Bugs-

Immature bed bugs, called nymphs, are tan and almost translucent in early stages. They shed their skin five times before they reach maturity. Each bed bug requires a meal of blood before each shedding. Under the best conditions, these bugs can develop fully in as little as a month. At this rate, they can produce three or more generations in a year.

Adult Bed Bugs-

At this stage they are oval and flat,  and reddish brown in color. They are about the same size as a tick. After feeding on a blood meal, they appear  engorged and more reddish. The adults make their home in seams, folds, edges, tufts and mattress labels. Bed Bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide you exhale, so you can often find them on your bed near your head. Other places they hide are behind headboards, seams of couches, chairs, between cushions and in curtains.

Signs of Bed Bugs

  • Tiny spots of feces. They look like dried specks of blood. Generally you can find them in dark corners and creases where you might also see eggs.
  • Small specks of blood that is smeared on your sheets and pillowcases. Often times they get squished right after having eaten.
  • You notice yellowish skins left behind by the nymphs. They shed these as they grow.
  • You wake up with red spots, swelling or itchy bites on your arms, face, and neck. Also, anywhere else that skin may have been exposed while sleeping.

What You Can Do to Prevent Bed Bugs

  • Use plastic protective covers on box springs and mattresses
  • Reduce hiding spots by removing clutter in your house
  • Check for any signs of bed bugs before you bring items into your home, especially second hand furniture and other used items.
  • On trips or vacations, while in hotels or other accommodations, instead of leaving your travel bags on the ground, put them up on shelves or luggage racks. Upon returning home, unpack right into the washing machine. Check all bags and luggage for any signs you may have brought home bed bugs.

If you see any signs of bed bugs:

  • Immediately call a professional pest control company

Calling the professionals at first sign of a bed bug infestation is the best case scenario to solve your bed bug problem. The team at Beeline Pest Control will explain and take you through every step of the bed bug removal process. We offer different types of bed bug pest control that are all safe and effective and guaranteed to remove the bed bug infestation. Beeline Pest Control San Antonio is the preferred provider for families and businesses with bed bug issues. Bed bugs are more common than you might think, and can be challenging to eliminate on your own. Call Beeline Pest Control for proven solutions and bed bug management services in the San Antonio area today (210) 739-1320.