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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that feed exclusively on the blood of humans and animals. Their oval-shaped bodies are rusty brown when unfed and reddish-brown after feeding. These pests are nocturnal and typically feed on their hosts at night when they are asleep. Bed bugs are a common household pest and can be found all over the world, particularly in areas with large human populations. Bed bugs can live for several months without feeding, making it difficult to eradicate them. Over the past couple of years, bed bug infestations have been on the rise. To prevent an infestation, it's important to understand how they live, reproduce, and spread.

three bed bugs on a mattress cover

Are bed bugs dangerous?

While bed bugs do not spread diseases to humans, their bites can be very irritating and uncomfortable. Some people may have an allergic reaction to bed bug bites, which can cause swelling, redness, and itching. Bed bug infestations can also cause significant emotional distress and be difficult to deal with. The psychological effects of a bed bug infestation can include anxiety, stress, and insomnia. In short, bed bugs can be a nuisance and should be treated as soon as possible. At American Pest Control, we offer comprehensive bed bug control solutions to help keep your home or business free from these pests.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and can be brought into a home or business in a variety of ways. They often enter buildings by hitching a ride on luggage, clothing, and second-hand furniture. Bed bugs are also known to travel between apartment units through cracks in walls and floors. Visiting guests, especially those staying overnight, can also unwittingly bring these pests into a home. Additionally, bed bugs may be present in public spaces such as movie theaters, buses, and taxis. Bed bugs are not picky; they can infest all types of dwellings, from high-end hotels to low-income housing. What's more, they can quickly spread from one room to another. That's why it's so important to address the problem as soon as you detect an infestation.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs typically reside in areas where people sleep or rest, such as bedrooms, hotels, and movie theaters. They hide during the day in cracks and crevices, such as in mattresses, bed frames, headboards, and baseboards. They can also be found in furniture, behind wallpaper, and in electrical outlets. As bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide and warmth of a potential host, they may also be found near areas where people spend a lot of time sitting or lounging, such as in a favorite chair or sofa. Wherever their host is, that's where bed bugs are likely to be.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Attempting to control a bed bug infestation on your own can be dangerous and ineffective. Many DIY bed bug control techniques for your home involve the use of products that can be harmful to your health if not used properly. By contacting American Pest Control, you can ensure your bed bug infestation is safely and effectively treated. Our trained professionals use the latest techniques and technology to thoroughly eliminate bed bugs from your home or business. We also provide follow-up inspections and treatments to ensure the infestation is completely gone. With the help of professional bed bug treatment in your home, you can have peace of mind.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

The best way to keep bed bugs out of your home is to be proactive and vigilant. When traveling, it is important to inspect your hotel room for signs of bed bugs, such as small reddish-brown spots on the sheets or mattress. When purchasing used furniture or bedding, inspect it thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before bringing it into your home. Vacuum regularly and wash second-hand items in hot water and with a detergent. Finally, keep an eye out for bed bug signs in your home or business, such as blood spots on sheets and mattresses, molted bed bug skins, or a musty odor. If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation, contact American Pest Control right away. Our experienced professionals can quickly and safely identify and eliminate the problem.

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