Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals, with human blood being their favorite food source. Bed bugs typically feed at night, as they are attracted to the carbon dioxide that their sleeping hosts produce as they breathe. During the day, bed bugs hide out in tight cracks and crevices near their food source.

a bed bug on a persons arm in their berks home

What exactly a bed bugs look like depends on its current life stage:

  • Adult bed bugs grow to about ¼ of an inch in length, have oval-shaped bodies that are flattened from top to bottom, have six legs, and are wingless.

  • Before feeding, adult bed bugs are a reddish-brown color. After feeding they turn a deeper, purplish-red color, and their bodies swell and elongate. 

  • Bed bugs nymphs are smaller than adults, but look similar. Before feeding, their bodies are nearly transparent but turn bright red after consuming a blood meal.

  • Eggs are the size of a pinhead, white in color, sticky, and are difficult to spot without a trained eye.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

A bed bug infestation is a stressful problem to deal with, despite the fact that bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous and don’t pose a lot of health threats. Despite not being a significant danger, finding them in your home will cause you and your family sleepless nights. In addition, some people are allergic to bed bug saliva and can develop an itchy rash which may become infected and require medical attention. Bed bugs should not be allowed to live in any home for any amount of time. Professional help should be sought as soon as a bed bug presence is discovered.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs live where people are, because like most pests they want to be near their food source. Bed bug populations are found in a wide variety of public places. They crawl into bags, clothing, personal belongings, and are accidentally brought into homes by you or visitors. Bed bugs can also be introduced into homes through used items such as furniture, mattresses, and box springs. They may find their way inside in newly purchased clothing, either from second-hand stores or retail stores.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Homes, apartments, 5-star hotels, motels, health care facilities, dormitories, shelters, schools, museums, movie theaters, laundry facilities, fitness centers, office buildings, airports, bus stations, and train stations are all places where bed bugs can be found living and feeding.
 
Bed bugs first hide out in the areas of a home where people sleep. However, if the infestation is allowed to grow, they will move throughout the entire home. Inside homes, their most common hiding spots include tight cracks and crevices in wooden head and foot boards, dressers, walls, floors, upholstered and wooden furniture, cabinets, closets, electronics, wall voids and behind switch plates, outlets, and wooden molding.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The only way to quickly and completely rid your residential and commercial property of a bed bug infestation is to partner with a professional pest control company. At M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. we offer the responsive services needed to eliminate bed bugs from any residential or commercial property.
 
Our experienced and highly trained technicians utilize modern treatments, including:

  • Heat Treatments

  • Freezing Treatments

  • Chemical Treatments

  • Canine Bed Bug Detection Services

In addition, you can combine the services listed above to ensure complete bed bug protection. To learn more about controlling and eliminating bed bugs in your Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Berks, Philadelphia, or Delaware County, PA home or business reach out to us at M.A.D. Exterminators, Inc. today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Preventing problems with bed bugs is a difficult task, but the following tips can help to reduce the chances of bed bugs finding their way into your home:

  • Know what bed bugs look like and be able to identify the signs of their presence. 

  • Inspect any hotel or room where you will be staying overnight for bed bugs before bringing luggage and other belongings inside.

  • After returning home from a trip, place all travel clothing in one area. Quickly wash and dry it on a high heat setting. 

  • After entertaining overnight guests, immediately vacuum and change the bedding in the room(s) where they slept.

  • Keep personal items (bags, coats, luggage, purses) up off the floor of hotel rooms and any other public setting.

  • Do not purchase used furniture, mattresses, and box springs for use within your home. 

  • Immediately wash and dry all newly purchased clothing on a high heat setting.

 

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