Bed bugs get their name from being commonly found in beds.They can also be found in other places such as hotels, airplanes and couches where humans spend a lot of time.
Bed bugs can feed on the blood of any warm-blooded animal. Their most common targets are humans because, unlike animals with fur, we have a lot of exposed skin for them to bite.
Bed bugs are typically found in beds, places with small cracks and crevices.
When Bed bugs feed, they inject the skin with their saliva (this keeps the blood from clotting) and an anesthetic (this keeps the host from feeling the bite and moving). Bed bugs do not spread disease, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.
- Don’t pick up mattresses or padded furniture that has been lying in idle and open places.
- Check your bed sheets for blood spots.
- Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor while travelling.
- When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.
- When you return from a trip, wash all of your clothes – even those that have not been worn – in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far do not enter your drawers/closet.
- Bed bugs are hard to see, so if you think you have bed bugs, call our pest management professionals.