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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are wingless parasitic insects that are approximately the size and shape of an apple seed; their bodies are relatively small, except when they are engorged after feeding on the blood of humans or other mammals.

Bed bugs have a round abdomen, long segmented antennae, and a short, segmented mouth that rests below the body. In general, bed bugs will be a dark brown, reddish-brown, or almost black color, depending on when they last fed.

Most bed bug infestations start unnoticed due to the small size of this pest and their skill at hiding, and it takes a professional to determine the scale of infestation on your property once you start seeing early signs of bed bugs. It’s important to remove all life stages of bed bugs from your property, as nymphs may lay dormant for long periods without active blood sources, and adults can live over a year in the right conditions.

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Are bed bugs dangerous?

Even though bed bugs are not known to spread disease with their bites, these pests are still dangerous to have around your property. Bed bug bites may trigger allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to their salvia, and swelling, itching and redness are all signs of a reaction to this pest.

Additionally, bed bugs are primarily nocturnal, and they will feed when humans are asleep. This can lead to issues with stress, anxiety, and insomnia as humans deal with bed bug infestations around their properties.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bug problems typically start when you pass through an infested area or bring an infested item onto your property. Bed bugs hitch rides in purses, clothing, luggage, and backpacks, and they wait until reaching a safe space, such as a home or business, before climbing out and looking for hosts to feed on.

Local pest control in College Station and Bryan for bed bugs is the best way to ensure you keep this pest far away from your property.

Where will I find bed bugs?

During the day, bed bugs typically hide around mattress seams, box springs, bed frames, and headboards. They also hide around any crack or crevice in the walls, floors, and furniture they can reach, in addition to the cracks or seams of appliances. Our bed bug detection dog at Swoboda Pest & Termite Control will help track down these pests so you can eradicate bed bugs from your home or business.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Get rid of bed bugs the easy way with professional home pest control and commercial pest control services in Bryan, TX provided by Swoboda Pest & Termite Control and our expert bed bug detection dog. Our fully warrantied treatments will help fix your bed bug problems, and our team will help you understand how to keep bed bugs out of your property for good.

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How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

The following bed bug control techniques help to prevent this pest from invading your property in the future:

  • Declutter interior areas regularly, especially bedrooms, as this makes it harder for pests to hide around your property.
  • Wash sheets, pillowcases, and other fabrics often, utilizing hot water and high heat settings to eliminate any undetected bed bugs.
  • Seal cracks or crevices around utility areas and in interior areas to stop bed bugs from crawling inside or hiding in these spaces.
  • Always elevate your luggage when staying in a hotel or utilizing public transportation, and wash your clothes in hot water upon returning from travel.
  • Make sure second-hand furniture and appliances are free from bed bugs before you move these items inside your property.

Contact Swoboda Pest & Termite Control today for more advice or assistance defeating bed bugs around your Bryan, TX, property.

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