Bed bug infestations are on the rise and as it becomes increasingly difficult to find hotels and motels that aren’t affected, it’s important to educate yourself on their habits and how to avoid them. Below, courtesy of Pointe Pest Control, are some frequently asked questions that you might have had about bed bugs.
What does a bed bug look like?
Bed bugs are rather small, anywhere from 4-7mm and reddish brown in color. They are oval shaped with a flat body. They are easy to spot because they are slow moving, even though they are small, you just have to know what you’re looking for.
Where are they found?
It is plainly obvious as to one place bed bugs are found and that is around the bed. They are attracted to the bedroom because as you sleep, you exhale CO2, which is what draws them to you. But bed bugs also can be found around sofas, night stands, behind picture frames and dressers.
Do bed bug bites hurt?
As they feed, bed bugs inject an anticoagulant anesthetic to keep you from feeling the bite as they continue to feed on your blood for 5 minutes or so. They return to their hiding place and soon you will begin to develop itchy, red welts as your skin reacts to the bed bug saliva.
What do bed bug bites look like?
Bed bug bites are often misdiagnosed by doctors as hives or a rash because the bite spot is so small, it’s nearly imperceptible. No two bites look the same, it all depends on how your body reacts to the bite.
How long can bed bugs live?
Though they seek for a blood meal every 5-10 days, they can live up to 2-3 weeks without feeding. A typical lifespan of a bed bug is 10 months.
Do DIY treatments work for bed bugs?
No. Bed bugs are hard to get rid of, even for the professionals. But since we have the right tools and methods, it can be done. The average homeowner however, lacks the equipment necessary to get rid of an infestation thus calling in the professionals is vital to removing the infestation.
Pointe Pest Control is experienced at getting rid of the toughest bed bug infestations. We know where they hide and use only the most advanced methods at removing them. Our treatments are safe for your family and pets but tough on bed bugs so you can rest assured that your problem will be resolved when we are finished. Give us a call today so you can have a peaceful night’s sleep!