HOW TO IDENTIFY A BED BUG
Few insects are as despised as the bed bug, and for good reason. Bed bugs—scientifically known as Cimex lectularius L.—are small, brownish bugs that collect their daily nutrients from the blood of humans while we sleep. Talk about an actual nightmare.
Often associated with dirty, unkempt living spaces, bed bugs have been demonized to the point that people who deal with an infestation feel ashamed, as if it’s their fault. However, contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don’t discriminate against anyone, as they can find their way into even the cleanest of homes.
Regardless of circumstance, bed bug infestations need to be treated as early as possible to control their numbers, as they breed and multiply at an alarming rate. The first steps in discovering an infestation are to know what signs to look for and to give the Burns Pest professionals a call. From physical characteristics to visual infestation signifiers, here’s what you need to look for while on the hunt for these parasitic blood suckers.
WHAT DO BED BUGS LOOK LIKE?
Roughly the size of an apple seed, adult bed bugs are oval shaped and reddish-brown in color. Measuring between 3/16- to 1/4-inch long, these bugs become elongated and bloated after feeding. Identified as a “true bug,” bed bugs feature a beak, antennae, unused wings, and short, golden-hued hairs. Adult bed bugs also give off a sweet, musty odor from the glands on the underside of their bodies.
Young bed bugs, otherwise known as nymphs, are smaller than adult bed bugs and are usually whitish-yellow or translucent in color. These young insects can almost appear invisible to the naked eye if they haven’t fed recently.
Bed bug eggs are tiny, pearl-white eggs that are roughly the size of a pinhead and can be identified by a darkened eye spot five days after conception.
Common Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
Although bed bugs don’t have nests, they tend to gather in areas that can be marked by dark spotting and staining of dried excrement. Eggs, shells, brownish skins of nymphs, and the bugs themselves will be present.
With a bed bug infestation, insects leave the following telltale signs behind:
- Reddish, rust-colored stains
- Bed bug excrement, which leaves behind dark, ink-like spots
- Shedded (molted) nymph skins
- Bed bug eggs or egg shells
- Live bed bugs
Where Can Bed Bugs Live?
If you suspect bed bugs have invaded your area, it’s best to check every nook and cranny to see how far they’ve spread. The most common areas bed bugs thrive in include:
- Couch or chair seams
- Drawer joints
- Underneath loose wallpaper
- Near electrical outlets
- Around door frames
- Along edge of ceiling
Bed bugs have endless options when it comes to adequate hiding spaces, so make sure to check even the smallest of areas. Bed bugs prefer to hide close to where they feed, but they’ve been documented to travel 100-150 feet to obtain a blood meal.
Ban Bed Bugs from Your Bedroom with Burns Pest Today
If you think you have a bed bug infestation but you’re having a difficult time finding them, Burns Pest Elimination can help. With our highly trained. bed-bug-sniffing K-9 unit and experienced pest control professionals, we can target bed bugs in your home wherever they may be hiding.
Because bed bugs are resilient and can live up to a year without a blood meal, it’s imperative to contact the pros at Burns as quickly as you can to ensure all bed bugs are properly eliminated. Schedule your pest inspection today!