Discover key signs of bed bug infestations, their life cycle, and effective solutions to eliminate these sneaky insects. Learn prevention tips to keep your home bed-bug-free.
Bed bugs are tiny winged insects with flattened, rounded bodies. They have quite large eyes. They feed on blood and usually stay in your bedrooms or other areas of your home.
Young bed bugs are transparent in color and larger ones turn reddish. They can measure from 1 to 7 mm.
Fumigating the spaces is the most effective solution to eliminate them, since home tricks are not very effective.
How to know if you have bed bugs in your home?
Bed bugs are visible so if you see them this is the first sign that you have this type of infestation in your home.
If you have observed dark spots on your sheets, pillows or mattress, it may be their excrement. Also, if you have noticed some bites on your body that are not from mosquitoes.
The bite of these insects is painless. When they approach their host to feed, they inject a substance with an anesthetic effect, so you will not feel it until you see the mark on your skin.
How are the eggs?
They are white and very small, about 1 mm long by 0.5 mm wide, so they can be seen with the naked eye.
What attracts bed bugs?
Bed bugs are addicted to human body heat and the carbon dioxide we emit when we exhale, which is why we are their favorite food, although they can also feed on animals.
The time they take to eat is from 3 to 10 minutes, which is why they appear mostly at night while a person sleeps.
What can you do if you have bed bugs?
If you have bed bugs at home, the best thing you can do is hire a bed bug fumigation and control company. It is not recommended that you try to eliminate them by yourself because this type of plague requires to be treated with specific products.
If infested, don’t attempt DIY; hire a professional fumigation company. They have the specific products and expertise needed for effective bed bug eradication.
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Tips to prevent the appearance of bed bugs
- Bed bugs are insects that are transported mainly in suitcases, bags or backpacks. If you have gone on a trip, have stayed in a hotel or have visited a place where this type of insect could be found, it is recommended that you check your luggage when you arrive so that you can prevent the plague from spreading within your home.
- Avoid bringing old furniture or furniture that has been in dumps into your home, as they could have this type of insect inside.
- Seal any cracks you may have in your home, especially those where power lines are located.
- Wash and dry your clothes if you think you have come into contact with bed bugs. Preferably put it in the dryer for 20 minutes. Do the same with the bedding.
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