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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals, including humans. They feed using their proboscis, an elongated, sucking mouthpart that they use to extract blood. Bed bugs typically hide out during the day in tight cracks and crevices, and become more active at night to feed. While not as common, bed bugs may feed during daylight hours in places like theaters, offices, libraries, shopping centers, and other places where people don’t typically stay overnight.

Before feeding, adult bed bugs are oval, reddish-brown insects, and are flattened from top to bottom. After feeding, bed bugs' bodies swell, elongate, and turn a deep reddish-purple color. Nymphs (young bed bugs) look similar to adults, but are smaller in size. Before feeding, nymphs are yellowish-white in color and, after feeding, they turn bright red. Bed bugs do not have wings.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not known to transmit a wide variety of diseases, and they aren’t considered to be a significant danger to people. Bed bugs are usually thought of as nuisance pests. However, some people are allergic to their saliva and do react to their bites. Their bites can be itchy, and may lead to secondary infections that require medical attention. A bed bug infestation can also create emotional stress and cause sleepless nights.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

The most common way bed bugs are introduced into homes is by accident. Bed bugs congregate in public places, and will crawl onto you or your belongings after coming into contact with them. They then hitchhike their way, unnoticed, into your home. Bed bugs can also be brought onto your property by used furniture, mattresses, and box springs, or by migrating between walls. Bed bugs are prolific breeders and, once inside, their numbers will quickly multiply.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs are found where people are present:

  • Homes

  • Apartments

  • Hotels

  • Health care facilities

  • Dormitories

  • Shelters

  • Schools

  • Movie theaters

  • Laundry facilities

  • Office buildings

  • Airports

After finding their way inside, bed bugs typically first take up residence in areas where people sleep. Over time, they will travel throughout your home and live inside cracks and crevices in walls and floors, behind wooden door and window trim, in upholstered furniture, in electronics, in keyboards, in wall voids, and behind outlets.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

To find and eliminate all the bed bugs that are living and nesting throughout your home or business, contact a professional bed bug control expert. At Bill Clark Pest Control, our highly trained 'Bugsperts' receive continuous education and are up-to-date with the latest information and industry trends. To eliminate bed bugs from your home or business, our professionals provide consulting and inspection services, in addition to effective treatments. For exceptional residential or commercial bed bug control in Southeast Texas, reach out to Bill Clark Pest Control.

Bed bug prevention tips from the Bugsperts:

Bed bugs can be difficult to avoid. The following prevention tips from Bill Clark Pest Control can help you prevent contact with bed bugs and avoid accidentally introducing them into your home:

  • Know what bed bugs look like and how to identify signs of their presence

  • Keep suitcases, bags, and other personal belongings up off the floor of any public place

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

  • Regularly vacuum floors and the seams of furniture, mattresses, and box springs

  • Wash all newly purchased clothing immediately after bringing it home

  • Inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs before bringing your belongings inside
 

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