Bed Bugs are the enemy when it comes to living comfortably in your home. These blood-sucking bugs are active at night and make a habit out of making a meal out of you and your loved ones.

Before you can jump to getting rid of bed bugs, it is a good to understand a few things about them.

 

Close up image of an adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius, on a human skin.

What do bed bugs look like?

Bed Bugs are small brown and oval shaped. They do not have wings. However, they can have pads that look to be wings but never fully mature into them. While they are brown, after feeding, they can take on a red tint.

 

How do you get them?

Bed Bugs are usually brought in from luggage or used household goods. An unsuspecting person might bring them in, and they go to work making a home. They will usually live in mattress, bedding, headboards, and bedding. Wherever they can have a food source is where they are most often found.

 

How quickly do bed bugs multiply?

They develop not as quickly as you might think. It takes roughly 6 to 8 weeks for a baby bed bug to reach maturity. A female bed bug, once they reach adulthood, will lay one egg a day. The problem with this is you might not notice a problem right away.

 

What are the signs you might have bed bugs?

One of the easiest way to figure out if you have bed bugs is by looking at your bedding and mattress. If you see blood or droppings, this is a good indication you might have a problem. If you feel itchy and have three bites, this is also a sign you might have an issue.

 

How to kill bed bugs?

Now that you’ve learned what to watch for a little more about them, how do you kill this annoying pest? There are things you must do to rid your home of bed bugs. The first thing you will need to do is strip all the bedding. Place it in a sealed bag and quickly wash with hot water, and dry with the highest possible dryer setting. If you see eggs and bugs on your mattress seam, you will need to take a stiff brush to lift them off the mattress and put in a sealed bag. If you are in doubt if furniture can be saved, it might be time to throw it out. Heat is the enemy for bed bugs and is the only sure bet to killing them off.

 

What to do if you think you have bed bugs?

You can try to remedy the situation on your own, or you can call your local pest control to handle the problem. The best part about having a company come in is the peace of mind that they are eradicated from your home with their heat treatments.

 

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