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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are insects that feed on blood. Throughout their entire life, blood is their sole source of nutrition. They got their name because they regularly hide in and around our beds, and human blood is their preferred food source. Other favorite hosts include cats, dogs, birds, and rodents. 

Bed bugs are small, but you can easily find and identify adults if you know what to look for. Physical features of a bed bug include flat, oval-shaped, reddish-brown bodies, six legs, and short antennae. Bed bugs are wingless and cannot fly. After feeding, bed bugs swell, turn a deeper color, and elongate in a capsule-like manner.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not pests that we currently worry about spreading diseases, but they are pests that can cause insomnia and make people uncomfortable in their homes. Bed bugs are not dangerous, yet they are among the most unwanted pests in our North Carolina homes. 

Bed bugs are prolific breeders that form large groups in very short periods. They hide during the day and emerge at night to feed. Those allergic to their saliva will develop raised red bites that are itchy and can become infected. In addition, excessive scratching can cause scabbing and scarring.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are closely associated with people. These insects gather where people gather and crawl onto us and our belongings, and we unintentionally introduce them wherever we travel. Bed bugs can become a problem in any home or business; they do not discriminate; they do not care whether a structure is clean, dirty, large, or small; they only care that food sources are available.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Public places are where people come into contact with bed bugs and where an infestation begins. The more people coming and going from an area; the more likely bed bugs will become a problem. They are especially problematic in places where people spend the night.

You'll often find bed bugs in the following places:

  • Hotels and motels
  • Hospitals
  • Airports, trains, and cruise ships
  • Schools and dormitories
  • Shopping centers and secondhand stores
  • Movie theaters and libraries

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

To rid your Durham property of biting bed bugs, partner with experienced professionals. With over 25 years in the industry, the Eco Man Pest Solutions professionals have been helping property owners protect their Durham homes from being overrun with bed bugs. We work closely with our customers to eradicate bed bugs from North Carolina properties using innovative and natural products and Integrated Pest Management techniques.

Eco Man Pest Solutions is committed to our customers and providing the most comprehensive and eco-friendly bed bugs control services like heat and steam treatments to ensure happy customers and bed bug-free properties in Durham. To learn more, contact our professionals today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

The following five easy steps will help you prevent problems with bed bugs in your home:

  1. Regularly vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture to remove stray bed bugs.
  2. When traveling, always inspect your hotel room or other rentals for signs of bed bugs before bringing your luggage inside.
  3. In public areas, make sure not to place your bags or outerwear on the ground. Don't pile your belongings near other people's belongings.
  4. Take care when purchasing new or secondhand furniture and clothing. Always inspect items for signs of bed bugs before bringing the items into your home.
  5. Keep bed bug-proof covers on mattresses and box springs to take away one of their favorite hiding spots.

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