Bed bugs could be compared to “hitchhikers” that will climb into piles of laundry, suitcases, and other belongings, and be inadvertently brought back to a person’s home or workplace while hidden inside.
Bed Bugs: What Are They?
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that rarely exceed a ¼ inch in length that have a flat oval-shaped body, and reddish-brown appearance. Bed bugs are wingless, have antennae and six legs, and are commonly mistaken for beetles or other pests. These pests feed on human blood, often while their hosts are sound asleep.
There is a misconception that bed bugs are attracted to properties that are not properly cleaned and maintained. The reality is that these creatures have no such preference; rather, they generally seek locations close to humans. Those who are traveling often encounter bed bugs in hotel rooms or when using types of mass transit, such as in airports, or onboard trains or buses. They are generally nocturnal, and prefer to move after dark in search of a blood meal. Once inside a home, they can spread into other areas of the property, or might travel from one apartment to another in multi-unit buildings.
Unlike many types of parasites, including mosquitoes or fleas, bed bugs are unlikely to transmit harmful pathogens that pose a true risk to human health. Most of those bitten will awaken with red and itchy marks on their skin. Excessively scratching at the bite marks is discouraged to avoid further harming the area of skin, and causing potential exposure to infection.
Signs That Suggest The Presence Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs commonly leave a trail of small blood stains and dark smears of their feces on bedding materials and mattresses.
They shed their exterior shell or exoskeleton through the process of molting, and will also create small white eggs that might be visible.
Often a foul odor will develop in areas with significant numbers of bugs.
The Importance Of Speaking With A Local Professional Exterminator
Bed bugs are among the most resilient types of pests that invade properties, and create problems. During the daytime, bed bugs generally retreat to cracks, crevices, and other hiding places that make it difficult to determine their location. Chemical treatment options can be detected by these pests, and they may temporarily relocate to harder to reach parts of the property.
Many Pasadena property owners underestimate these pests, and attempt do-it-yourself home treatment options that are sold online and by local retailers. Unfortunately, the majority of these aerosol sprays, foggers, and traps are insufficient for removing these infestations, and result in ongoing frustration. Those who suspect an intrusion from these pests are encouraged to reach out to a seasoned professional that has the knowledge and tools to remove these critters.
Leading Pest Control Service Provider In Pasadena
For more than a decade, Kat’s Pest Solutions has been a locally-owned provider of residential and commercial extermination services. We safely and effectively eradicate problems, including bed bugs, rodents, cockroaches, and a host of other troublesome invaders. We employ the best practices associated with an integrated pest management system that focuses on detection, elimination, follow-up, and further prevention. All of our work is backed by a pest-free guarantee that ensures total customer satisfaction.
Did you know that Kat’s Pest Solutions is now available for same-day and emergency services six days a week? One of our licensed professionals will thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior areas of the property to assess the nature and extent of the problem. Next, we will explain the best treatment option for completely removing the problem. Contact our office today for an onsite inspection and estimate.