Pest Identification for insects in Southwestern PA

BED BUGS

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs love a messy room or a hospital room. They will live in a bungalow or mansion. Bed bugs have been around for centuries. People usually “discover” bed bugs after they have been bitten.

Size: 3/16 of an inch


Color: Rusty-red or mahogany

Activity/Behavior: As the female bedbug lays her eggs, she uses a clear substance to attach them in cracks and on rough surfaces. Under ideal conditions, eggs hatch in about seven days and the nymphs mold five times, taking a blood meal between each molt. Development time from egg to adult is 21 days. The adult can live for almost one year. 

Where They Live: Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices between mattress and box springs, headboards, suitcases, sheets, baseboards, furniture, almost anywhere. Bed bugs like to feed around 4:00 am and are attracted to people by their breathing. A bedbug bite may look like a raised bump with minor swelling, followed by itching. Commonly, skin reactions to bedbug bites may not show up for 1-2 weeks after the bite. Bed bugs are not known to spread diseases.

Tips for Control: Preventing a bedbug infestation is the best approach. Anything that is brought into your home should be inspected for bed bugs or signs of infestation. Any suitable hiding place, such as bedding, upholstered furniture, backpacks, or packing materials, should be inspected. A person’s clothing or shoes or backpack can carry a “hitchhiking” bedbug. You should search for feces, eggs, and shed “skins,” as well as for active bed bugs. Steam and vacuuming are often effective ways to get rid of visible bed bugs. 

How Sean Rock Exterminating Can Help:  Control of bed bugs takes persistence and experience. It’s difficult to find them all because they are so small and only active at night.  A trained pest control professional can help you get rid of bed bugs after performing an extremely detailed inspection. 

Sean Rock Exterminating follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure your health and safety. We use only products which are registered with the EPA.

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