When a bed bug bites you, there is no feeling of pain or pressure. You are oblivious insects are crawling on your bed at night while you are soundly asleep. The oval-shaped critters responsible for the bites on your back and arms, now already reddening and itching like mad are bed bugs. Yes, you heard that right. It’s not that the sheets are dirty, or your house is filthy, but it could still be your fault the bedbugs have already made your house their home as well.
How bed bugs get around
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small and light. They craw to get around and do not fly or jump. They reproduce quietly and quickly, and before you know it there will be hundreds of them crawling around. They crawl over the door, on the walls, the ceiling; and they crawl in between the springs and the mattress, and the spaces between the wood and cushion on your furniture. They like secluded areas and deposit their eggs there.
Small and lightly
The problem with exterminating bedbugs is that you don’t know where to start killing them. The reason why bed bugs are so challenging to exterminate is that their eggs are too small to see. You cannot see them on a kitchen tile because they are tiny and whitish, to begin with. Without the aid of a magnifying device, the eggs are not visible to the naked eye. Even the newly emerged young are so tiny they can fit on a pinhead. A professional exterminator in Attleboro, MA would not waste time looking for eggs and washing them off the surfaces where they stick.
What makes your home attractive to bed bugs
Bed bugs have annoying bites, but they are not known for disease transmission. Unlike mosquitoes, which are carriers of blood-borne pathogens, bed bugs just drink human blood without transferring any known harmful microorganisms. Nevertheless, how can you sleep soundly at night knowing insects who drink your blood is invading your body. Aside from the blood, bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide as well. If food is not available to them, they can be dormant and resume activity after a while. They can feed for a long time without dying out. Bed bugs are nocturnal and hide out at night. Because of their innate resilience and feeding behavior, it is very difficult to hunt them down.
Looking out for signs of infestation
Your best course of action is to look for signs of infestation. Even if you don’t usually see insects crawling about, you can see marks of their excrement on walls. The staining on the walls mark the places where they may hide. In areas where the infestation is already severe, you may smell the telltale odor suggesting their presence. Nevertheless, the odor is not always a reliable sign.
One of the tiniest and most inconspicuous pest animals in America may already be hiding out inside your bedpost and waiting for nighttime to pounce. Don’t let the bedbugs bite you again. Call a professional exterminator now and allow them to resolve the problem.