Don't Gamble With Bedbugs
Bedbugs are small round pests that are brown in color. Their bodies are flat and tiny, which allows them to stay concealed. These pests were common in the 1930s but were nearly eradicated after a nationwide outbreak. However, they are growing in numbers again as more foreign travelers bring them to the United States.
Interesting Facts About Bedbugs
These little invaders are unique from other bugs in several ways. One of the surest ways to identify one is to smash it. If there is red blood, it is a bedbug. However, not all bedbugs have recently had a blood meal. These are five useful facts to remember about bedbugs:
- Bedbugs can live well over a month without a blood meal.
- Bedbugs are most active at night.
- Bedbugs only feed on a host for up to 10 minutes.
- Bedbugs can survive in temperature ranges between 35 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bedbug populations in urban areas are at least triple the size of populations in rural areas.
How Bedbugs Enter Your Home
Bedbugs can come into your home in your purse, with your travel luggage, on your clothing or even on your child's backpack. Schools are common places for transmitting bedbugs, and the workplace can also be a risk area. However, hotels pose the biggest risk. It is smart to bring bedbug pillowcases, bedbug spray and sealed suitcases when traveling. Also, check the online Bedbug Registry to see if a specific hotel has multiple reports. Bedbugs come out more at night when people are sleeping because of the attractive carbon dioxide exhalation vapors.
Where To Find Bedbugs
You may find a stray bedbug crawling on your coat, bag or clothing. However, you can find them anywhere if you have an infestation. They prefer furniture, clothing and bedding. Since they are flat, they can stay hidden until you fall asleep. One telltale sign of an infestation is reddish-brown dirt residue on furniture or bedding. This is their excrement. Also, piles of transparent tan exoskeletons that have been shed may be visible. You may notice a musky smell near the site of an infestation. If you notice several red bumps in a straight line on your skin, these may be bedbug bites.
If you see one bedbug, there are likely more nearby. It only takes a matter of weeks for a bedbug population to grow out of control. They can take over an entire house and feed off of both pets and humans. Our pest control professionals can help remove a problematic infestation and treat your home to prevent future occurrences. Contact Pest Control Solutions, Inc. of Nevada for a free estimate.