What do bed bugs look like – How do I know if I have bed bugs? These are two common questions asked by concerned consumers. The common scenario is people start discovering bite marks on their body and begin to wonder if they are being attacked by these micro sized blood suckers. Not all mysterious bite marks are caused by this pest. It should also be noted that not all people have a reaction to being bit by this menace.
What do bed bugs look like? Bed Bugs are beetles. They have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies. They are a mahogany to rusty brown color, although their bodies can be a bit darker/redder when feeding.
Adults can measure between 4 to 6 mm in length. New born nymphs are approximately the size of the head of a pin and are clear in color until they feed. Nymphs can be small and difficult to see.
Bed bugs are nocturnal and prefer to rest in out of sight nesting areas when not feeding. Peak feeding is usually between midnight and 5AM. The average bug feeds every 5-7 days. Nightly attacks can be an indication of a large infestation.
How do I know if I have bed bugs? Short of seeing the critters experienced inspectors look for the tell-tale signs of infestation. Small circular blood stains on bed linen can be evidence of a recent feeding. Fecal stains that appear to be black ink marks are commonly found in and around nesting areas. Discarded skins from molting adults begin to pile up in and around nesting areas.
Where do I look for signs of bed bugs? Any place that people consistently rest between midnight and 5AM should be inspected for evidence of infestation. Mattresses and box springs provide excellent nesting/feeding opportunities. Living room furniture such as couches, love seats and recliners that are used for watching late night television are considered “hot spots.”
Hopefully you now know what do bed bugs look like and How do I know if I have bed bugs. If you have or suspect a problem with this menace give us a call today. Our experience inspectors can determine if the problem is real and advise the best approach to eradication.
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