What does it take to ruin your sleep? Do you wake up at the slightest sound, or would a jet flying directly over your house not disturb your slumber? Are you particular about the temperature of your bedroom, or could you fall asleep in an icebox or sauna? Everyone finds good sleep their own way. However, one thing that does disturb the rest of many here in Virginia Beach is bed bugs. If you have been finding little bugs around your bed or bites on your skin each morning, your home could be crawling with these pests. To help you find out for certain, here are some things you should know.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are insects that feed on human and animal blood, making them parasitic, meaning they need a host to survive. Unlike other parasitic pests like fleas and lice, bed bugs do not live on the bodies or in their hosts' hair or fur. The only time these pests climb onto a host is late at night after said host is deep asleep.
How To Identify Bed Bugs
Identifying bed bugs is tricky as they like to stay out of sight. If you are fortunate enough to spot one of these pests for yourself, you can identify it by its oval-shaped, reddish-brown, apple seed-sized body. If fully engorged, a bed bug grows to five times its normal size and takes on a distinct red color to its bloated abdomen.
Another way to identify bed bugs is by the signs they leave behind. To know if your home, a hotel room, or somewhere you plan on staying has a bed bug infestation, keep your eyes out for these noticeable signs.
Bloodstains on bed coverings
Small reddish-black fecal droppings along baseboards, around outlets, and near cracks and crevices
Shed skins and dead bed bugs around sleeping areas, inside cracks and crevices, and hard to reach areas
Small cream-colored eggs hidden in tight spaces
Several red bite marks on your skin in a zig-zag pattern or straight line
Why Bed Bugs Need You
Bed bugs don't just need humans for our blood. These pests are dependent on us for our homes as well. Unlike other pests that primarily live out in the wild and only invade when necessary, bed bugs live mostly indoors and die after spending too much time out in the elements. In short, if you keep your living areas at a reasonable temperature and sleep regularly, bed bugs will want to set up a permanent residence in your home.
How Bed Bugs Get Around
Because bed bugs can't survive outdoors for long periods, they have to get creative to get around. They hitchhike rides on the items people carry. Things like backpacks, suitcases, used furniture, and piles of used clothing are all forms of luxury transportation for these annoying blood-feeding pests.
Why Professional Help Is The Only Way To Eliminate Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to prevent and are even more challenging to eliminate. The only way to effectively get these pests out of your home is with the help of a professional. At Mosquito Elite Pest Control, we have the industrial-grade equipment and advanced treatments needed to completely remove these pests from living areas. We will leave no eggs, bed bug nymphs, or adults left to spark a reinfestation when we finish.
Call us today to find out more about our detailed bed bug control services in Virginia Beach, VA or our home pest control and commercial pest management options. Schedule an appointment to have your Virginia Beach house inspected for these invasive sleep-wrecking pests today!