Bed Bug Identification Guide

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are tiny, biting insects that can find their way into any Central Georgia home or business, causing people large amounts of stress and loss of sleep. Bed bugs are very problematic for people, because our blood is their sole food source.

a closeup of a bedbug resting on brown gravel

Adult bed bugs are similar in size and shape to an apple seed. Adults are reddish-brown, wingless, and grow to about 1/4 of an inch long. After feeding, their bodies swell in size and they turn a deep reddish-purple. Nymphs, or immature bed bugs, look similar to adult bed bugs, but are smaller and are a yellowish color. After their first blood meal, they turn bright red.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not dangerous pests, but they are annoying and disruptive. While bed bugs can harbor disease pathogens, they aren’t known to spread diseases to people. However, there are many other problems bed bugs create for people:

  • Bed bugs cause red raised welts to develop after biting us and feeding on our blood.

  • The area around bed bug bites can become quite itchy. Excessive itching of the bite sites may lead to a secondary infection that requires medical attention.

  • Bed bug excrement and their feeding habits stain and damage walls, floors, fabrics, and upholstery.

  • A strong, musty odor develops where there are large numbers of bed bugs feeding and breeding. 

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Many people believe bed bugs only invade spaces that lack proper sanitation or to areas of decay; the truth is, bed bugs will hitchhike their way into any home or business. They will choose any person or their belongings to climb onto in order to move from location to location. Once they get into a home or other building, bed bugs are drawn to areas of clutter and hide out of sight. Bed bugs can live in any environment provided there is a food source present.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs live where people spend a lot of time. Any home or public locale may be a place that bed bugs call home. From libraries to movie theaters to cruise ships, and anywhere in between, there is a chance you’ll come into contact with bed bugs.

Inside our homes, bed bugs usually first infest our sleeping areas. They will hide in the seams of mattresses and box springs, cracks in wooden furniture, spaces behind wall hangings, and inside of wall voids behind electrical outlets. If left to their own devices, over time, bed bugs will begin to travel throughout your house – infesting multiple areas.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Get rid of bed bugs from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from bed bugs and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate bed bugs and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to bed bugs by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Keep your home free of areas of clutter.

  • Reduce hiding spots by keeping bed bug proof covers on mattresses and box springs.

  • Use caution when buying used mattresses, box springs, and furniture.

  • Always keep your personal belongings away from other people’s and off the ground.

  • Inspect hotel rooms for signs of bed bugs before bringing luggage, bags, purses, coats, and other personal belongings inside.

  • Wash and dry all clothing on the highest heat cycle the fabrics can handle.

  • Vacuum your home, wash bedding, and inspect mattresses and box springs for bed bugs or signs of their presence on a routine basis.

  • After having overnight guests, vacuum and clean the room they slept and stored their belongings in and wash all bedding used.

 
 

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