Bed Bug FAQ in West Chester, PA; What is the Cause of Bed Bugs, Where Do They Hide & More
Bed bugs are a nuisance many people have become acquainted with in recent decades. Once they were nearly eradicated, but with the ease of world traveling, bed bugs have made a comeback. We at Pest Control Technicians, Inc know that many people have questions concerning bed bugs. Today, we have taken a handful of the more commonly asked questions and answered them for your convenience. If your question isn’t found below, please feel free to contact PCT, Inc and we will happily answer your questions.
Bed Bug FAQs Answered
Q: How did I get bed bugs in the first place?
A: Bed bugs can originate from nearly anywhere, especially places prone to large masses of the public. More often than not, an infestation occurred through contact with infested furniture in hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments. Furniture and clothing from second hand venues could also transfer bed bugs into your home.
Q: What is a bed bug?
A: Formally, bed bugs are grouped in the Cimicidae family. They are incredibly tiny; by the time they are full grown they are no bigger than an apple seed. They are brown or reddish brown after feeding, oval shaped and flat; unless engorged after a feast. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects and feed when they are active. They feast on warm-blooded hosts, with human blood being their primary choice. Bed bugs adapt easily to their surroundings and environment.
Q: Where do bed bugs hide during the day?
A: The bed is the most likely place Begin your search at the mattress itself, inspect the corners of bed seams along with the bed frames, head boards, bedding, and box spring. Bed bugs will even hide in surrounding areas like furniture, behind peeling paint, wooden floorboards, alarm clocks, picture frames, and so on. In most cases bed bugs have been documented hiding in small, concentrated areas within approximately 10-20 feet from where you sleep.
Q: Feeding cycle; do bed bugs feed every night?
A: Bed bugs have two hollow tubes in their mouth that they inject into the skin during the initial bite. The first tube injects an anti-coagulant anesthetic fluid bed bugs use to keep the blood flowing and the other tube is used to suck the blood of their host. A bed bug typically consumes blood for approximately five minutes before it returns to its sanctuary. Additionally, bed bugs will emerge at dusk to get their sustenance.
Q: Bed bug bites; Do I need to be worried if I suspect I was bit by a bed bug?
A: When the bed bug first bites down, it is not even noticeable, but after minutes or hours later you might experience discomfort. The bite mark is either a flat welt or a raised, red bump. Depending on individual sensitivity, it may be severely itchy. Unless you have a mild allergy, the fluid injected from the first tube, which usually includes a rash and skin irritation, the bed bug’s bite is just an itchy nuisance
Q: What can I do for the itching from bed bug bites?
A: Anti-itch cream is the most effective.
Q: I found a bed bug, now what?
A: If you discover bed bugs, or highly suspect that bed bugs are in your room, don’t bring anything in the infested room because as the bed bugs can easily grab hold of any object and they be transferred unknowingly. As tempting as it may be, do not to start sleeping in a different bed, sofa or anywhere else. Bed bugs will just follow you to the new location and spread out their numbers into the next room. Contact professional help as soon as possible.
Q: How do you tell if you have a bed bug infestation?
A: Some red flags that might indicate bed bugs are the following:
– Pungent and musky odors emit.
– Small red blood stains on the sheets.
– Rusty colored spots, which is their fecal matter, along the bed or other surfaces.
– Multiple bed bug bites along your body that are in alignment.
– Shed bed bug skin as they evolve into the next life cycle, bed bugs will shed their skin.
– Bed bugs themselves.
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