What is a Bed Bug?
Bed bugs, or Cimex lectularius, have long been considered a nuisance due to their habit of sucking blood and causing annoying bites to their human hosts. It’s important to note that bed bugs are viewed as a public health concern by the EPA, the CDC, and the USDA. Bed bugs, on the other hand, are not a public health concern because they do not carry disease.
However, they can also lead to other public health problems, therefore avoiding and controlling them is crucial.
Increased travel, a lack of awareness about how to prevent infestations, pesticide resistance, and inadequate pest control procedures are all possible causes of the current uptick in bed bugs in the United States, according to experts.
There are, fortunately, methods available for limiting the spread of bed bugs. The first stage in either prevention or control is acquiring reliable information. There may not be a magic bullet chemical solution, but there are successful measures for reducing bed bug populations.
Due to their small size and propensity to hide, bed bugs can be challenging to detect and identify. Since they take on different appearances at certain points in their lives, it’s helpful to be familiar with them.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Knowing the signs of bed bug infestation and how to treat them is the first step in eradicating the problem. The first step in avoiding unnecessary and expensive treatment is a correct identification, as there are numerous insects that resemble bed bugs. Depending on where you live in the country, you could find different kinds of bugs that resemble bed bugs.
Appearance of Bed Bugs
In general, adult bed bugs are:
- Roughly the length of an apple seed (3/16 to 1/4 inch).
- Brown, long, and with an oval-shaped, flat body (if they haven’t eaten recently).
- More elongated, reddish-brown, and balloon-like (if fed recently).
- A “true bug” (true bugs have the following traits: a three-segmented beak. antenna with four components, wings not intended for flight, and golden-colored, short hairs
- Unpleasant-smelling, with glands on the bottom half of the body producing a “musty-sweetish” stench.
In general, young bed bugs, also known as nymphs, are:
- Smaller transparent or whitish-yellow in color
- If not recently fed, and due to their size and pigmentation, they can be almost invisible to the naked eye.
The typical characteristics of bed bug eggs include:
- being as small as a pinhead, pearl-white in color
- if older than five days, having an eye spot.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need pest control?
When it comes to pest control, many people believe it is best to wait until there is a problem before taking action. At this stage, exterminating bugs may be both expensive and inconvenient for you. Because of the savings you’ll save on future treatments as well as the assurance that your house is bug-free, preventive pest control is an excellent investment.
How will On Demand treat my pest problem?
It is common for pest control treatments to include a wide range of products. In order to provide you with the best possible solution, an expert will perform an in-depth assessment of your house. Conventional pesticide treatments are often used in pest management, depending on the specifics of your circumstance.
How much does pest control cost?
We recommend contacting our office to get a quote for your specific pest control requirements since the level of infestation and the surrounding environment affect the price.
Does On Demand provide free inspections?
Free inspections are offered by On-Demand.com. Our objective is to provide each customer with a personalized strategy that takes into account the specifics of their property, the issue, and the surrounding area. You may request an inspection by contacting 954-998-0113.