Small Bug, Big Fear
These small insects are a common pest problem. They are parasitic creatures, as they feed on the blood of people or animals while the hosts are sleeping. There are plenty of things you may not know about these uninvited house guests and signs of an infestation that you should be aware of.
A Bit About Bed Bugs
Also known as Cimex lectularius, they have long caused trouble as a household pest, dating back to Ancient Egypt. They are found globally, but in recent years, are found more frequently in the United States and Canada.
During the daylight hours, these creatures hide in places like box springs, bed frames, and even behind wallpaper.
They don’t typically spread diseases, but research has found that they can potentially transmit the parasite that causes Chagas Disease. Typically, their bites will be itchy, red, and in a line. People respond to their bites differently, and the effects can range from similarity to a mosquito bite to a potentially severe allergic reaction.
There are plenty of myths about Bed Bugs. A common perception is that they prefer dirty or cluttered homes, but that is not the case. They can be found in homes across social and economic classes. They are tiny, and people tend to think you can’t see them with the naked eye. They are about the size of an apple seed at maturation and can certainly be seen, especially during a heavy infestation.
Another common belief is they prefer to live in actual beds. The reality is that Bed Bugs can be found in any soft furnishings, such as sofas and chairs because they prefer to be around people who are lounging or sleeping. They are drawn to their hosts by body heat and by carbon dioxide exhaled during breathing.
Signs And Habits
When you first have an infestation, you may notice some of the following tell-tale signs. You may see reddish-brown spots on your sheets from them being crushed, eggs and eggshells, and your blood. You may also notice bite marks on exposed areas such as your hands and face, but sometimes, they can take up to two weeks for those bites to develop. They feed primarily at night, on humans, but will also feed on pets. You may be wondering how this pest can end up in your home. They can latch onto things such as furniture, bedding, luggage, and YOU, and hitch a ride to their new home. Some of the more popular public places you should be careful of is movie theater, bus, and airport seats.
It is essential to identify an infestation as early as possible. If left untreated, they can spread throughout your home. It is also essential to treat them quickly and effectively. Here at Cache Pest Control, we have been treating Bed Bugs for many years and we are experts on getting rid of infestations. We are happy to provide you with a free estimate and quote, so don’t hesitate to reach out today. We are Cache County’s top-rated Bed Bug removal service.