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Bed Bug Identification

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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are common household pests because our homes put them close to their preferred food sources: people. Bed bugs only feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, with people being their favorite. Bed bugs received their name because one of their favorite hiding spots is in our bedrooms within mattresses, headboards, and footboards.

Bed bugs are small, wingless pests identified by their dark brownish red bodies, and elongated, piercing mouthparts used to pierce the skin of their hosts to feed on their blood. Before feeding, their body is a flat, oval shape; after feeding, the body swells and elongates in a capsule-like manner.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are dangerous because they affect our sleeping habits, mental health, and physical health inside our homes and businesses. Bed bugs bite, causing openings in our skin. Bed bug bites can be itchy, and scratching or picking at the bite sites can lead to a secondary infection. When bed bugs are in our home, the time between when you notice them and when they are eliminated is stressful and, for most people, leads to sleepless nights and stress-filled days.

The spread of disease by bed bugs is not a current threat, but the many other problems they cause make them a pest that is never a welcome sight in our homes or businesses.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are exceptional hitchhikers and move to new locations with people. They crawl onto our clothing, luggage, or other belongings and travel to wherever we take them. The reason these pests are so challenging to keep out of our homes is that we are the ones introducing them into it.

People regularly transport bed bugs into their homes on the following things:

  • Clothing
  • Linens
  • Bedding
  • Upholstered furniture
  • Mattresses
  • Luggage

Bed bugs are also problematic in multi-unit buildings. They can crawl from neighboring units through walls and floors and into your unit, causing an infestation to develop seemingly out of thin air!

Where will I find bed bugs?

When bed bugs first get inside your home, they typically take up residence in areas where you and your family sleep. Bed bugs are prolific breeders, and a small, unnoticed infestation can quickly grow to a sizeable hard-to-manage infestation.

Bed bugs are nocturnal and hide their flat bodes well out of our sight during the day. They are not a pest you will see crawling around like ants and other common household pests, but it is fairly easy to identify an infestation if you know where to look.

Common hideouts and places to regularly check for bed bugs include:

  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Electrical outlets
  • Under clutters
  • Under piles of dirty laundry
  • Cracks in walls
  • Spaces behind baseboards and wood trim
  • Behind wall hangings
  • Upholstered furniture

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Bed bugs are a threat to any St. Louis home or business; if these pests have hitchhiked into your home, the most effective way to evict them is with the help of a trained and experienced professional. At Roberts Pest Control, our bed bug heat treatments offer customers a safe and effective way to eliminate bed bugs from their properties.

Using heat treatments to rid your home of bed bugs is beneficial in many ways, including being eco-friendly, killing every stage of development from egg to adult, and offering same-day results. Our professionals are passionate about developing pest control solutions that will meet your family’s exact needs.

To learn more about our common-sense solutions and ridding your St. Louis-area property of bed bugs, reach out to the St. Louis pest professionals at Roberts Pest Control today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Prevent problems with biting bed bugs by utilizing our most helpful bed bug prevention tips:

  • Reduce hiding spots for bed bugs in your home by placing bed bug-proof covers over mattresses and box springs, removing clutter, and picking up piles of dirty laundry.
  • Vacuum your home frequently to pick up stray bed bugs.
  • Always inspect secondhand items for bed bugs before bringing them into your home.
  • When traveling or spending time in any public place, keep your belongings up off of the ground and away from other people’s belongings.
  • Always inspect your hotel room or for bed bugs before bringing your personal belongings inside.
  • In multi-unit buildings, make sure to place door sweeps under exterior doors and seal cracks in ceilings, walls, and floors. Caulk any spaces around vents and lighting fixtures.