At one point in the not so distant past, it was doubtful that many people under the age of 40 had ever heard much about bed bugs, and it is even more doubtful that any had the opportunity to come face to face with one. Bed bugs were just part of a good night phrase that the older generation would say as you scurried up the stairs to bed. Now, it is no wonder that many of these same people are at a loss when they hear that the bed bug has made a huge comeback in recent years.
Once, these infestations were isolated and thought to be prevalent only in old mattresses or only in dirty surroundings. In recent years, we have discovered that this is not the case. The bed bug isn’t picky by any means. Any area that they can live and have access to a host to feed from will suit them just fine, including homes, hotels, dorm rooms, hospitals, bus stations, and even the grocery store. Now this bug that was once almost eliminated entirely is one of the most widespread pests in America. There is a very good chance that all those people under 40 will see one up close and personal in their lifetime.
That being said, it would be a good idea to be familiar with what a bed bug looks like. The bed bug is a small pest, only about 4 to 5 mm as an adult. Their size and flat, oval bodies have often been compared to an apple seed both in size and color. The nymphs look like the adults, but are much harder to see with the naked eye and tend to be much paler until they feed. After a feeding, both nymph and adult bodies are a reddish-brown and often engorged.
Their food source is blood; preferably human blood, though they will make do with the blood of other mammals to survive if need be. When bed bugs are ready to feed, they will sneak out of their hiding spots, pierce the skin of the unsuspecting host, and suck the blood out. The host feels nothing until a day or two later when they will develop an itchy, sometimes painful rash around the wound site. Luckily, the bed bug is not known to transmit any disease to humans. This can be little comfort to the host when they are providing all the free meals.
Do you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation? Don’t put it off. Call Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions for your initial inspection to determine the extent of your problem. Once bed bugs are confirmed, we will work with you to customize a solution for your specific needs taking the severity of the infestation and many other factors into account. Our bed bug control team can even help you to monitor your home or business to make sure any future bed bug activity is eliminated before an infestation can even begin. Let our team work with you to keep your home and family from becoming a bed bug haven.