Don’t let the bed bugs bite:
Bed bugs feed at night when people are sleeping. The bite of a bed bug is usually painless, and a person may not even know that they have been bitten until a large itchy welt appears on their skin several days later. Some people do not react to bed bug bites. While these bites may be a nuisance, bedbugs do not transmit disease to humans.
Adult bed bugs are brown to reddish-brown, oval-shaped, flattened, and about 3/16th inch long. Their flat shape enables them to readily hide. The body becomes more elongate, swollen, and dark red after a blood meal. Female bed bugs lay one to twelve eggs per day, and the eggs are deposited on rough surfaces or in cracks and crevices.
Bed bugs hide during the day in dark, protected sites. They seem to prefer fabric, wood, and paper. They usually occur in fairly close proximity to the host, although they can travel far distances. Bed bugs initially can be found around tufts, seams and folds of mattresses. In heavier infestations they also may occupy hiding places farther from the bed. They may hide in the window and door frames, electrical boxes, floor cracks, baseboards, furniture, and under the tack board of wall-to-wall carpeting.
A critical first step is to correctly identify the blood feeding pest, which determines the tactics we adopt to treat the problem. Possible treatments include heat treatments, chemical applications or visual inspections.