There are two types of pests, mainstream pests and lesser-known pests. Mainstream pests are extremely common home invaders like ants, flies, and spiders. Every person has found these bugs crawling around inside their living areas at one point or another. Bed bugs, on the other hand, are not as widely known.
Chances are you were not taught about these bugs at school. The only way you may have heard of these pests is if you have had to deal with them in the past or heard about them from a friend or family member. Even then, you probably don’t know much about what they are and what problems they cause. This is why we are here today answering West Palm Beach residents' most frequently asked bed bug questions.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are not any species of bugs that get into beds. They are a specific species of parasitic insect that feed on the blood of people and animals. Identify a bed bug by its ¼ inch long, reddish-brown, oval/shield-shaped body. When engorged with a blood meal, these pests grow upwards of five times their normal size and take on a brighter red color in their abdomen.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found?
Although “bed” is in their name, bed bugs are most commonly found hiding in the recesses of buildings. Only at night, or when a person is asleep, they will come out to feed. As for where bed bugs live, they prefer areas where people sleep, often like apartments, houses, and hotels. You might also encounter these pests out in public as they are traveling from one place to another.
What Is The Main Cause Of Bed Bug Infestations?
If you didn’t know, bed bugs are hitchhiking pests. This means they use items people carry to get around. You are most likely to pick up these invasive pests from an area where people sleep, such as a hotel room or a house you are staying in. You may also pick up bed bugs in public places like airports and theaters. One thing to keep in mind is that bed bugs are slow. On average, it takes these pests 20 minutes to crawl from one item to another. Pay note to this when spending time out and about.
Do Bed Bugs Spread Disease?
Most blood-feeding pests are dangerous. Just take mosquitoes, for example, who are the most dangerous creatures on the planet. Strangely enough, however, bed bugs do not pose the same threat to people. The only disease bed bugs are currently capable of carrying, according to numerous studies, is Chagas disease. If you have never heard of Chagas disease, it is because it mainly exists south of our border, and only a few cases have been reported in the United States.
How Do You Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
When bed bugs get into a home, they often prove difficult to remove. This is because of two things. The first is that bed bugs are resilient to many pest control products. The second is that these pests are quick to run and hide at first sight of danger and can survive months without a blood meal.
To ensure your home’s bed bug infestation is handled properly, trust the residential pest control experts at Empire Pest Defense. Our treatments are designed to reach bed bugs wherever they are hiding inside your home. Call us today to learn more about our bed bug control methods and schedule your West Palm Beach property for a thorough pest inspection. We also offer commercial pest control in West Palm Beach.