BED BUGS: Bed bug complaints are up all over the country, but the biggest increases are in densely populated cities or vacation destinations like Tucson.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, red-brown, flat insects that can reach up to one-quarter of an inch in length. They feed on human blood from sleeping victims, and they can be found anywhere, from homes to hotels, buses and airplanes, theaters and even restaurant booths. Though sanitation can be a contributing factor in the severity of an infestation, even very clean homes and businesses can get bed bugs.
A small percentage of people may experience a severe reaction to bed bug bites, but for the most part, the bites are painless and carry no risk of disease transfer. Most people are not even aware that they have bed bugs until the population gets so large, they just can’t hide anymore.
Signs of a possible bed bug infestation:
- Blood spots on bedding
- Pockets of insects, especially in mattress creases and seams
- Sweet, musty smell in the area
- Bites and associated welts on the skin
Do I have bed bugs or fleas?
Many people ask how to tell the difference between bed bugs, fleas, or other insects infesting their home. Due to their small size, it can be difficult to tell the difference between these tiny pests with the naked eye, but there are a few indicators that can help you tell the difference.
Both bed bugs and fleas are small and similar in color, but bed bugs are flat as opposed to fleas which are tube-like in shape. Bed bugs have small wings, whereas fleas don't have wings at all. Fleas have long hind legs they can use to jump significant heights.
When bed bugs bite, victims typically don't feel them at first, although they may experience itching when they awake. Bed bug welts are usually raised, like mosquito bites, and often appear in a linear pattern. Flea bites, on the other hand, usually appear sooner as clusters of red dots which are also itchy.
It's important to keep in mind that people react differently to insect bites, so it's best to contact a pest control expert who can help you identify the pest and eradicate the problem.
How did I get bed bugs?
Bed bug complaints are up all over the country, but the biggest increases are in densely populated cities or vacation destinations like Tucson. They travel in suitcases, folded clothing and bedding. College students are also a common method of transporting these insects between homes and dormitories.
A person who was never exposed to bed bugs may pick them up in their suitcases when the bags are stored with other infested bags in the cargo hold of aircraft. Staying in an infested hotel or sitting in an upholstered infested restaurant booth may also result in a bed bug problem.
This helpful video, produced by the National Pest Management Association, demonstrates how you can inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
It is notoriously difficult to get rid of bed bugs, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control services to address a suspected infestation. Your Conquistador technician has the training to do these inspections. The inspection service can be added to your regularly scheduled service program. Contact Conquistador Pest to help you with bed bugs and other Tucson pest control services. We also provide termite control and weed control.