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Are These Bed Bugs In My St. Louis Home?

May 26, 2021 - Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals that are found throughout the country. These wingless pests are equipped with a sharp mouthpiece that allows them to pierce the skin of their hosts to consume blood, which typically causes the skin to redden and become itchy and irritated. 

Bed bugs are “hitchhikers” that are carried into homes and businesses within people’s clothes or belongings. They are most commonly found indoors in close proximity to where humans sleep, and generally emerge at night. However, they might attempt to bite during the day if large infestations develop, and food sources become scarce.

Bed bugs lay eggs that have a sticky film, and adhere to objects as they develop for a period ranging from 5 to 30 days. Unlike many parasites, bed bugs are unlikely to transmit harmful diseases, and pose a minimal direct risk to human health. Those who experience bites should avoid excessively scratching their skin, which could create a wound capable of developing a secondary infection. Occupants of properties where bed bugs have invaded often develop strong feelings of anxiety that can result in sleepless nights.

Properly Identifying Bed Bugs

Newly hatched young bed bugs (nymphs) have an off-white or translucent appearance until they begin consuming blood. The adults are a reddish-brown color, and have a flat oval-shaped body that can measure roughly 1/4 of an inch and resembles an apple seed.

In some cases, victims will misidentify bed bugs as being ticks, or other types of insects. Some people will incorrectly assume that bed bug bite marks are the result of mosquitoes or skin conditions such as eczema.

Other Indications Of A Bed Bug Infestation

Bed bugs commonly leave a trail of small smears of blood and darker stains composed of their waste on bedding materials. They shed their exterior shells of skin. They often hide under mattresses, on bed frames, or in spaces around floors and baseboards. With widely developed infestations, a musty odor is typically detectable.

When Should I Contact A Professional Pest Exterminator?

It is critical for local property owners to avoid underestimating how quickly a minor bed bug problem can get progressively worse. Bed bugs are mainly nocturnal, and generally remain out of sight during the daytime, awaiting their opportunity for a late-night blood meal. In the meanwhile, these pests become deeply entrenched in your home, laying eggs and developing into a more significant concern.

Homeowners are also strongly encouraged to resist taking ineffective shortcuts, such as purchasing store-bought home remedies that are marketed using sensationalized claims of effectiveness. In reality, the majority of these traps, bait stations, and sprays create only mediocre results that fail to fully eliminate the problem. Those who notice signs that suggest the presence of bed bugs should seek assistance from a professional.

Experienced Provider Of Pest Control Solutions In St. Louis

The team of seasoned technicians with Roberts Pest Control is capable of delivering safe and effective results for those struggling with a bed bug problem. We now offer advanced treatment methods that kill bed bugs and their eggs, while also ensuring the safety of our customers, their pets, and the local environment. In addition to bed bugs, our experts are well-prepared to eliminate intrusions from rodents, termites, spiders, and many other harmful and troublesome pests.

Our local pest professionals offer a complimentary on-site inspection that involves closely assessing the interior and exterior areas of the St. Louis property to determine the nature and extent of any pest-related problems. We may also recognize any conditions that exist on the premises that make it vulnerable to future pest invasions. Contact our local office today to schedule an estimate of our bed bug control services.

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