Most people know that bed bugs crawl onto mattresses, bite people in their sleep, and suck up blood. This creates patches of itchy red bumps on the body. While it helps to know this about these insects, it doesn’t explain where they come from. If you want to understand bed bugs better and know how you can stop them, read on.
Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?
Bed bugs are constantly on the prowl for blood; they need it to survive. Public places, like hotels, offices, schools, and bus stations, are ideal. These locations are busy with people. These insects will creep into the bags and clothes of patrons and travel home with them. Once they’ve gotten settled, they will wander off to the following:
- Wood Trim
As a bed bug infestation builds, it will become very apparent with bites, stains, and odors. The welts these critters leave will be grouped together and look similar to a rash outbreak. Don’t be surprised to find bumps on your legs, arms, face, or neck; this is a primary sign that these pests have invaded. You’ll see various kinds of blemishes on fabrics and surfaces. For one, blood drops and reddish-brown blots. For two, fecal marks. They will be powdery and black or brown colored. You’ll be sure to notice a musty aroma in affected rooms.
Typically, bed bugs are reddish-brown. Their maximum size is 0.25 of an inch long. Two antennas top their round heads, which are smaller than their circular tails. Joining their upper and lower halves is a midsection that has an odd shape. They have six legs. The eggs that they lay are pearly white; the young are translucent.
How Can You Prevent Bed Bugs?
It’s worth reiterating that bed bugs can be anywhere; they don’t pop up in dirty homes only. In fact, dirt isn’t much of an attractor for them. It’s all about the availability of blood. Here are prevention tips for when you’re out and about, or at your residence:
When on the move:
- Avoid putting your belongings on the ground or floor, especially for extended periods of time.
- If you see bed bugs in a hotel room, alert maintenance and request another unit that’s far away.
- Put your luggage in a protective cover or plastic bag.
- Wash your trip clothes with hot water and dry them for at least 20 minutes on high.
When at home:
- Look over head- and foot-boards, box springs, and mattress seams with a flashlight. You’ll also need to go under beds.
- Inspect personal bags, laundry piles, furniture, electronics, and drawer interiors.
- Scan second-hand items for infestation indicators before purchasing them.
What Can Bugs Are Gone Exterminating Do About Bed Bugs?
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