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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, blood-feeding insects that move into homes and businesses with the people's help. Hitchhiking is their primary mode of transportation which means that any home is at risk of a bed bug infestation. After coming into contact with bed bugs, people unknowingly introduce them into their homes.

Adult bed bugs have a flattened oval shape and grow to about ¼ of an inch in length. Their form is similar to a lentil or apple seed. Other physical features include six legs, a lack of wings, short antennae, and reddish-brown bodies.

Bed bug nymphs or young bed bugs look similar to adults but are smaller and yellowish-white. After feeding, nymphs turn bright red.

Bed bugs rely on blood as their sole source of nutrition; after eating, the blood causes their body to elongate and swell, and their color changes to a deeper red, almost purplish color.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Currently, bed bugs aren't known to transmit diseases to people; however, bugs biting you at night while you sleep is never an ideal situation. In addition, an allergic reaction or secondary infection can occur that requires medical attention.

Having a bed bug infestation does not just affect a person's physical health, but their mental health as well. It is challenging to feel comfortable in a structure that you share with bed bugs, and their presence can ruin anyone's ability to get a good night's sleep.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs may not fly, but they are skilled climbers, which helps them hitchhike from place to place. Bed bugs will crawl and climb onto people, furniture, bags, and even electronics and go wherever we take them.

Some of the most common places to come into contact with bed bugs are public locations where there is a steady stream of people coming and going on a daily basis. Airports, hotels, apartment buildings, schools, dormitories, and laundry mats are examples of places where initial contact with bed bugs can happen.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs like to hang out in areas that put them into contact with people when they are still or immobile, like the seams of mattresses, behind the cushions of upholstered furniture, and cracks in wooden footboards and headboards. However, as an infestation grows within a home, bed bugs will move throughout it and hide in many different areas like behind baseboards, curtains, within electronics, and behind pictures or other wall hangings.

Now that you know where to find bed bugs in your home, it may be interesting to learn how they find us. Bed bugs locate their human hosts through our body heat, the carbon dioxide we emit as we breathe, and the odors we naturally produce.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Remove bed bugs from your home with the help of the professionals at Absolute Home and Pest Solutions. With over 20 years of experience, we know how to develop the customized treatment plans necessary to do the job correctly. Our bed bug control services include a thorough inspection, effective treatments, and follow-up visits to ensure we eliminate bed bugs from your Gaithersburg home and keep them out. If you are experiencing a problem with bed bugs or would like to prevent a future problem with these biting pests, we are here to help! Give us a call today for more information or to learn about our home pest control and commercial pest control options!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Use the following suggestions to help prevent bed bugs from taking over your Maryland home:

  • Always inspect secondhand furniture and mattresses for bed bugs. If possible, it may even be best to avoid secondhand items altogether!
  • Keep your belongings up off the ground when you are in public places.
  • Be vigilant against bed bugs when you travel, and always inspect hotel rooms before bringing your luggage inside.
  • Take care when using shared laundry facilities; always take your laundry home to fold. 
  • Regularly vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture and routinely change your family's bedding.
  • Take the time to inspect the areas of your home where bed bugs are most likely to gather; the sooner you discover a bed bug infestation, the better!

For bed bug control in Gaithersburg, Absolute Home and Pest Solutions is the answer to all your pest control needs.