Unfed adults are mahogany; engorged bed bugs are red-brown. Nymphs are nearly colorless.
Flat, broad oval when unfed; swollen and elongated when fed.
Adults are 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm.
Found throughout U.S.
Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. They hide in any place to be near a food supply. They can hide behind mattresses, box springs, head boards, beddings, carpet, cracks, crevices, and nearby furniture. Bed bugs can hide nearly anywhere inside a home, retail store, shelter, hotel, or any public transportation. Although they are nocturnal creatures, they have been known to bite during the day, especially in heavily-infestations. It only takes 3-10 minutes for them to feed. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they digest their meal, mate, and lay eggs.
Bed Bugs like to hide in any small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. 85% of bed bugs are found near the bed and the remaining 15% can be upholstered furniture, cabinets, base boards, carpet. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, wall hangings, and in furniture crevices. Beg bugs are referred to as “hitchhikers” because of their ability to survive in temporary or alternative environments, such as luggage, clothing, purses, bedding, backpacks under the seats in cars, busses and public transportation.
Even though bed bugs feed on warm blooded beings, sedentary sleeping humans seem to be the preferred food source. Bites from bed bugs are red, itchy welts. Bed bug bites inject a miniscule amount of saliva into the skin which can cause allergic dermal reactions. An individual’s mental well-being can be deeply affected when bed bugs are known or suspected. Common conditions include insomnia, stress, depression, and anxiety.
Bed Bug Prevention
If you suspect a bed bug infestation, it is important to hire a pest control professional to rid your home of bed bugs as soon as possible. The most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.