What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are best described as wingless, oval-shaped insects with six legs. Adults grow to about 1/4 inch in length and appear flattened from top to bottom. They have specialized piercing mouthparts that they hold underneath their bodies when not in use. Bed bugs are parasitic pests whose only source of food is the blood of their host. Humans are their favorite hosts to feed from; if necessary, they will also feed from pets and other animals.
Before feeding, adults are reddish-brown or chestnut in color. After feeding, they expand in a balloon or capsule-like manner, and their color changes to a deep, purplish-red color. Bed bug nymphs look similar to adults but are smaller and translucent or yellowish in color until consuming a blood meal. After feeding, these nymphs turn bright red.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs are not dangerous pests, but they should never be welcomed into any home or business. Bed bugs feed on our blood and create a stressful living environment. Additionally, people who are allergic to their saliva develop red itchy welts that, with excessive itching, can create a secondary infection that requires medical attention.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Bed bugs are in your home because they have hitchhiked in after you or your belongings came into contact with them. Bed bugs are commonly thought to reside only in unclean or cluttered homes, which is not true. Any home is at risk for a bed bug infestation! It is important to note, however, that homes with a lot of belongings or clutter do provide bed bugs with plenty of hiding spots, which can prolong discovering an infestation.
Where will I find bed bugs?
People come into contact with bed bugs in a multitude of public places including airports, dormitories, hotels, libraries, movie theaters, museums, office buildings, schools, and shopping centers. Bed bugs are indoor pests, and the temperature-controlled environments our homes and businesses provide them with allow them to breed and feed year-round. Bed bug infestations typically originate in sleeping areas. As an infestation grows, bed bugs travel throughout your home. Common indoor hiding spots for bed bugs include in the seams of mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture. They also hide in the cracks of floors, walls, and wooden furniture, as well as behind light fixtures, outlets, wood trim, and inside electronics.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
The fastest and most effective way to rid your home of bed bugs is to partner with an experienced and knowledgeable professional. At ThermalRid, we understand bed bugs and how to eradicate them from your Greater Nashville area home and business completely. ThermalRid specializes in using heat treatments to get rid of bed bugs in one day! Our certified technicians always perform discrete and highly effective bed bug control services. To learn more about our bed bug control process, contact ThermalRid today!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
Bed bugs are tricky pests to keep out of your home and business because they live wherever there are people. Here are some ways that you can prevent bed bugs from finding their way into your Greater Nashville area home or commercial property and taking it over:
Research hotels before booking a room. Find out the hotel's bed bug treatment policy and how they handle bed bug infestations.
Before bringing luggage into a hotel room or other rental space, thoroughly inspect it for bed bugs and their signs.
Regularly and thoroughly vacuum your home or business and wash bedding weekly.
Never introduce used mattresses and furniture into your home or business.
After purchasing new or used clothing, wash and dry it on the highest heat setting possible.
Keep bags, luggage, coats, and other personal items off the ground and away from other people's belongings when in public.
After returning home from traveling, immediately wash and dry all clothing taken on the highest heat setting the fabrics can handle.
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