Bed bugs are a nuisance that are difficult to find and even more difficult to get rid of. The more you know about bed bugs, the better you can protect yourself when you are at home or when traveling.

bed bug on texas homeowners arm in bedWHAT DO BED BUGS LOOKS LIKE?

When you see a bed bug, you probably won’t notice that you are looking at a bed bug. Bed bugs look like small crumbs or apple seeds in your bed, couch, or furnishings. Bed bugs are only between 4 and 5 mm long. They have oval bodies that are flat, which allows them to slip in tight spaces. Bed bugs do have wings, but they cannot fly. A small bed bug, or a nymph, is no bigger than the size of a pinhead. They can grow undetected in your home.


The name gives them away. Bed bugs like to hide in your bed, particularly in the seams and creases in your bed. That’s not the only place. Bed bugs squeeze into the wood headboard, the hide in furniture, and they can be found in crevices on your cupboards, dressers and closet. Bed bugs also hide under wall paper and it its creases. Bed bugs are travelers, too. Because they are so good at hiding, they can slip into your luggage while you are away from home. Bed bugs can enter your home via yard sale furniture, used furnishings, bags of clothes, and your luggage.


Bed bugs like to feast on you while you sleep. While you sleep at night, bed bugs sneak undetected in your bed and eat your blood while you snooze. They may feed on the blood of another mammal if they need to, but you are the favorite. The most common type of bed bug in your home prefers to eat blood from human donors.


A common sign that you have bed bugs is the small spots and streaks of blood in your bed when you wake up. This is because when the bed bug bites, you bleed. Also, when you roll over and move, bed bugs get crushed underneath your body.


Knowing the difference between a bed bug bite and a mosquito bite will help you identify an infestation. Consider three things when you are looking at the bite:

  1. Evidence at the scene of the crime
  2. Where it is and what it looks like
  3. How it feels

Look around when you get bit. If you see evidence in your sheets of bed bugs, the bite is most likely from a bed bug. When you notice a bite, consider where it is located on your body and what it looks like.  Bed bug bites leave small, flat bites on your skin. A mosquito bite is more of a welt. Bed bugs leaves bites on your body that are in a line, row, or zig-zag pattern. Mosquitoes leave bites all over your body in no specific pattern. You will have a reaction to the mosquito welt. It begins to itch right after you have been bit. Bed bug bites don’t cause the same reaction, and it can take hours or days for evidence of a bite to appear.


People have different reactions to bed bug bites. Bed bugs are not considered dangerous or a significant health risk to humans, but they may cause an allergic reaction in some. In many cases, the risk of having bed bugs in your home is the loss of sleep you will experience and itching if you have a reaction.


Innovative Pest Control has a bed bug control method that involves a 3-step process to identify and get rid of bed bugs for good. The method includes residential and business inspect, implementation of a plan, and elimination. Call now to find out how Innovative Pest Control can get rid of bed bugs in your home.


Preventing bed bugs starts with keeping them out of your home in the first place.

  • When traveling, inspect all drawers, couches, furnishings, and the bed.
  • Do not leave your luggage on the floor.
  • Do not bring furniture into your home from off the streets.
  • Wash all yard sale clothing, bedding, and furnishings before you bring them inside. Always wash on the hottest setting.
  • Inspect and wash your bedding often.
  • Vacuum often, including in the seams and crevices in furniture, drapes, and rugs.
  • Inspect rented furniture.
  • Call Innovative Pest Control at the first sign of bed bugs in your home.
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