Don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown wingless insects that are about the size of an apple seed.
True to their name, they like to make themselves home in your bedding: in the seams and tags of mattresses, in the box spring, or in cracks on the bed frame and headboard. Bed bugs are nocturnal, feed on the blood of their hosts, and can survive up to a year without feeding – which means prompt and consistent treatment is key to controlling their spread.
Once established, an infestation can also spread to sofas, curtains, inside electrical outlets, and even within the walls of your home.
Signs of an infestation include:
- Red, itchy bites on the skin, usually in a line or cluster
- Small rusty-looking stains on bedding or clothing from having crushed them
- Tiny dark spots on bedding and furniture (bed bug feces)
- Seeing live bed bugs, eggs, or skin they’ve shed (pale yellow in color)
- A musty odor caused by the glandular secretion of bed bugs
Treating the infestation as quickly as possible is paramount to preventing it’s spread!
Prevention is the best defense against these pests.
If you travel, inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs and keep luggage off the floor. Likewise, consider avoiding purchasing second-hand furniture or clothing without a proper inspection.