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Bed Bugs: What You Need to Know

An infestation of bed bugs can be one of the most unpleasant experiences someone can have. Bed bug bites cause painful and irritating rashes, and they are difficult to find and exterminate. The best way to deal with a bedbug infestation or to prevent one entirely is to understand bed bugs by learning what they are and how they behave. Read through these important facts about bed bugs to prepare yourself against these tenacious pests.

Bed Bug Fun Facts

  • Bed bugs don’t only live in beds. Bed bugs can be found in carpets, furniture, and closets. They can also hitchhike in bags, clothes and car seats. So if you return from a vacation or if your kids return from college, make sure there are no bedbugs latched on before entering your house.
  • You can’t tell bed bug bites from mosquito bites, spider bites or wasp stings. However, you can tell if a bed bug has bitten you by the way the welts are arranged on your flesh. If there are multiple welts in small clumps or rows, they are most likely caused by bed bugs.
  • Some believe that bed bugs cannot be seen without a microscope. Actually, most bed bugs are the size of an apple seed and can grow up to a quarter of an inch
  • Bed bugs will adapt their behavior to match your sleep schedule. While this means they will typically feed at night, if you are out during the night and you sleep in the daytime, bed bugs will create a routine that allows them to come out when food is available.
  • Bed bugs are much less resistant to the heat than the cold. Bed bugs can survive for days in sub-zero temperatures, so trying to freeze them to death will be difficult. However, bed bugs will die at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Not everybody reacts to bed bug bites the same way. Some people get rashes immediately after exposure to bed bugs. Some people don’t react to bed bugs at all. For most people, it takes some time after being bitten for rashes to develop.
  • Bed bugs leave feces and drops of blood in mattresses. If you see small black or red streaks on your bed or pillow, you may have bed bugs.

Bed bugs are persistent, but not unstoppable. With the right information, bed bugs can easily be prevented.Contact Us if you have anymore questions.

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