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What do bed bugs look like?

What exactly a bed bug is going to look like depends on what stage of life it is in, adult, nymph, or egg. Bed bug eggs are the tiniest stage of development and are the most difficult to spot. They are white in color, the size of a pinhead and are sticky. Due to their extremely tiny size, they are almost impossible to spot. Nymphs, while still fairly small in size, have a translucent body, and after they have had a blood meal, turn bright red. This makes them much easier to spot. Adult bed bugs are the stage of life that is easiest for people to identify. The adults grow to between 3/16th and ¼ of an inch in length and are reddish-brown and have an oval, flat body that is similar to an apple seed. After feeding, the adults' appearance morphs slightly and their body swells and becomes more elongated, and they turn more purplish-red in color.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not considered a dangerous pest. They are however a serious nuisance and are a pest that should be prevented at all costs. Knowing that bed bugs are living in your home can cause a loss of sleep and anxiety, and their bites are extremely itchy. The excessive scratching can lead to a secondary infection, which may require medical attention.

What are the signs of a bed bug infestation?

There are many signs bed bugs will leave behind if they have found their way inside. Common signs of their presence include finding piles of their exoskeletons (shed skins) under mattresses and box springs, in the seams of upholstered furniture, in drawers or closets, or along on the floor. Bed bugs also leave dark streaks (excrement) or drops of blood on mattresses, box springs, pillows cases, walls, and linens. In the case of a large infestation, a sweet, musty odor may develop in your home. One of the most well-known signs, but the least accurate sign is their bites. Bed bug bites are not an accurate way to identify an infestation because many people don’t react at all to their bites and do not develop the telltale bite marks.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs can become a problem in any home. They can easily be picked up when traveling, while visiting family or friends, upon going to the movies, when running daily errands, or going to a school or a hospital. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and will crawl their way onto personal belongs such as bags, purses, bookbags, suitcases, clothing, and shopping bags and then into your home where they feed and breed until they are stopped by a professional bed bug control expert.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Eliminating and preventing problems with parasitic bed bugs is a job that should be left up to a highly trained professional who has access to the latest treatment options and technology. At RichPro Pest Management, Inc., our bed bug control professionals can provide the accurate identification and treatment services needed to completely eliminate a bed bug infestation from your Virginia home. Our professionals understand bed bugs and can quickly get rid of them through our dependable bed bug control services. To learn more about controlling and eliminating bed bugs through our bed bug control service or to schedule your no-obligation, free inspection and estimate, contact us today at RichPro Pest Management.

How do I prevent bed bugs?

To keep bed bugs from choosing your Virginia property, the bed bug professionals found at RichPro Pest Management want to suggest some helpful bed bug prevention tips. Bed bugs are commonly picked up while traveling and spending time in public places. After returning home from traveling, make sure to immediately wash all clothing used during the trip in hot water, and then place the clothing in the dryer on a high-heat setting. Before storing any suitcases used, vacuum them out and sanitize them thoroughly. When out and about in public places, always keep personal items up off of the floor. If possible, do not purchase used furniture, mattresses, box springs, or rugs for your home. Routinely vacuum your home, and wash all outerwear that you and your family wear on a regular basis.

 

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