Bed bugs are another one of those critters that just send shivers through most people. Bed bugs can be found just about anywhere people gather!
Bed bugs are usually brought into the house from the outside, on clothing, baggage, second-hand furniture, or in laundry done in an infested home. Social stigma is attached to the bed bug more than to any other insect. This is unfair since the most conscientious homemaker may bring them in on his or her clothing after brushing up against someone while shopping or spending an afternoon at the movies.
Once in the house, the bed bug will hide all day in the most out-of-the-way place it can find. Its hiding place may be a good distance from the bed - in wall spaces, floor cracks, behind partitions, in furniture, or it may burrow into the mattress tufts or crawl in among the crevices of the bed frame.
Wherever it hides, it has an uncanny instinct for finding its way easily to the bed when the lights are out. They will climb up from the floor, climb walls, or drop from ceilings with ease to get at their victims. They are attracted to your body warmth and the carbon dioxide you exhale.
Because of the increased amount of traveling we do today, compared to a few decades ago, bed bugs can be a real problem in hotels, buses, airplanes, and other areas where groups of people gather together. Buildings that house several people or families at once can also cause infestation problems (apartment buildings, condos, senior citizen homes, etc.) since the bed bugs can travel between walls with ease.
Habits of Bed Bugs
If no food is available, the bed bug can live a long time without it. If, however, it is accustomed to eating regularly, it will die much sooner when provisions are cut off. Extremely cold weather will take away its appetite but lengthen its life cycle considerably. One characteristic of the bed bug is its smell, which is caused by the secretion of an oily liquid from the scent glands. It is usually particularly noticeable around places long used by groups of the bugs for daytime seclusion.
Schedule Your Free Bedbug Inspection
If you suspect you have a bedbug problem, or you just want the piece of mind knowing your home is bedbug free, then contact us to schedule a free bedbug inspection. A trained bedbug specialist will conduct a bedbug inspection and recommend treatments and programs that will minimize your chances of infestation. Schedule Appointment