Adult bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed, they are rust-red in color with flat oval shaped bodies, and feed mainly on human blood. Newly hatched bed bugs are about the size and shape of a poppy seed, and they are a semi-transparent light tan in color.
A positive identification is crucial in the treatment of any household pest. Other small household insects, such as spider beetles, carpet beetles, and newly hatched cockroaches, can be confused for bed bugs. Not sure? Contact a professional that will make a positive ID and perform the proper treatment for the pest you are dealing with.
If the bed bugs are not obvious, a thorough inspection will be necessary. This is done by looking in all the usually places, they tend to be; small cracks and crevices. Another sign of bed bugs are small rust color spots or clusters. This is their fecal matter.
- Mattresses and box springs; check all the seams along both, and cracks and crevices inside the box spring. (For a thorough inspection, it is necessary to removing the fabric from the bottom of the box springs).
- Remove drawers from furniture to enable checking cracks and crevices.
- Check cracks and crevices of upholstered furniture as well as the underside of wooden furniture.
- Pull back carpet along the baseboards to check under all the baseboards.
- Check behind pictures/wall hangings, folds of curtains, and cracks and crevices in blinds.
Bed bugs can enter into your home by hitch-hiking a ride on furniture, clothing and luggage.
- Never bring discarded furniture into your home.
- Inspect all new, used or rented furniture before bringing them into your home.
- Seal any cracks and crevices to prevent pests from coming into your home.
- While traveling, inspect beds and furniture before bringing in your suitcases and belongings. Avoid placing your suitcases on the bed or floor during your stay, and inspect them thoroughly before you leave.
- If you believe you have been in contact with bed bugs, you should wash and dry your clothes using the hot settings. If you can not do it immediately, seal them in a plastic bag until you are able to.
If you’re in need of a professional inspection or find bed bugs in your home, contact us for a free inspection and quote. We are highly trained, and equipped to handle your situation.