Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects; adults grow to about the size of an apple seed. They are oval and flattened from top to bottom, allowing them to hide between feedings. Some of their favorite hideouts are near where we sleep, such as the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboards, and footboards. Bed bugs only feed on warm-blooded animal blood, and unfortunately, people are their favorite hosts.

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Bed bugs are difficult for people to identify as their appearance changes depending on their life stage and whether they have recently fed. For example, before feeding, adults having a flattened body that is reddish-brown, but after feeding, they turn a dark purplish-red color and become more capsule-like in shape.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are considered a public health threat; they bite us, and those allergic to their saliva may develop a severe reaction, and the bite sites may become infected. However, unlike many other biting pests, bed bugs aren’t spreading diseases to people. What they are spreading is sleepless nights. The biggest concern when it comes to bed bugs is how they affect people’s mental health. The thought of bed bugs crawling around your home and feeding on you as you sleep is enough to interrupt anyone’s sleep patterns!

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

There are many reasons why bed bugs have become such a problem in recent decades. Some of the most popular theories include ease and affordability of travel and insecticide resistance. Whatever the reason, bed bugs are here, and they can find a way into any Denver home or business.

The bed bug’s biggest concern is that people are available to feed on, not what their accommodations look like. An infestation can occur anywhere there are people, and because bed bugs live indoors, they are active year-round.

Below are some common places to come into contact with bed bugs:

  • Work or school
  • Libraries, museums, movie theaters
  • Airports, bus stations, train stations
  • Hotels, motels, or resorts
  • Family or friend’s homes
  • Shopping centers
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Laundry mats

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs can be hard to find and identify. They are small in size and stay well-hidden in dark, tight spaces throughout our homes during the day. Knowing where bed bugs like to hide is very helpful; the sooner you can identify an infestation, the sooner you can get rid of them.

Some of the bed bug’s favorite hiding spots include:

  • The seams of mattresses and box springs. (This provides them easy access to their favorite food sources.)
  • Pet beds.
  • Inside electrical outlets.
  • Under piles of clutter or piles of dirty laundry.
  • Upholstered furniture or rugs.
  • Cracks in walls or behind baseboards.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The most efficient way to completely rid your home of bed bugs is to partner with a professional. If you live in the Denver area, the professionals at Beeline Pest Control are ready to help. We understand how frustrating bed bugs are and will provide fast action and effective services to eliminate them from your home or business.

At Beeline Pest Control, we focus on our customers as individuals and customize our services to ensure your unique pest control needs are always met. To learn more about our bed bugs control services or for a free quote, call us today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Prevent future problems with bed bugs with the help of our easy and practical prevention tips:

  • If possible, don’t purchase used furniture or mattresses in your home. If you do, make sure to thoroughly clean the items and inspect them for signs of bed bugs before bringing them into your house.
  • When traveling or spending time outside, make sure to keep your belongings up off the ground and away from other people’s belongings.
  • Always inspect your hotel or motel room for bed bugs before bringing your belongings inside. Keep suitcases up off the ground and off beds.
  • After washing and drying clothing at a laundry mat, place the laundry directly into your laundry basket and take it home to fold.
  • When storing seasonal clothing, place the items in vacuum-sealed containers; this will prevent bed bugs from hiding in them.
  • Take away a bed bug’s favorite hiding spots by placing bed bug-proof covers over mattresses and box springs.
  • Keep clutter in your home to a minimum; bed bugs like to hide in areas of clutter.
  • Regularly vacuum floors and upholstered furniture.
  • Inspect furniture and mattresses for signs of bed bugs.

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