Bed bugs are reddish-brown insects with flat, oval-shaped bodies. They measure about 3/16 inches long which is about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other animals, which is why they are commonly found in places where people sleep, such as homes, hotels, and dormitories.
Bed bugs earned their name from their preferred habitat, your bed. However, they can also be found in your blankets, furniture and clothes. They are not strictly nocturnal, but come out most often at night while you are fast asleep. These pests normally climb the walls to the ceiling and drop down to their host as they are attracted to the warmth and presence of carbon dioxide. Bed bugs can live for a little over a year without feeding, but they normally try to feed every five to ten days.
The bed bug life cycle includes bed bug eggs and five larvae, or nymph, stages. At each stage, the bed bug has one blood meal, which helps it to grow, shed its skin, and metamorphose into the next stage. After five molts, the bed bug is considered to have reached maturity.
Bed bug infestations are very dangerous. These bugs will suck your blood, and can potentially damage your health. Bed bug bites appear as little itchy red welts and are sometimes arranged in lines. They also tend to target exposed skin, so if you wear pajamas, they will target your face, arms and any other exposed areas. Bed bugs are resilient and can hide in tight spaces, making them difficult to detect and eliminate. If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, it’s important to take immediate action to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Freedom Pest Services uses a highly effective method for bed bug treatment in the form of liquid, dust, and aerosol pesticides. Once our pest control treatment is completed, it is completely safe for your family, including pets, to be around the treated area. We price our bed bug control per room since a whole house treatment is not always needed. Keep in mind though, a warranty is only available when the whole house has been treated.