The Ultimate Hitchhiker: What is a Bed Bug?

“Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” is timeless advice. Most everyone has heard about bed bugs or known someone who has had them.

What exactly is a bed bug?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (APA), “The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) has long been a pest – feeding on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human hosts.” The EPA considers bed bugs a threat to public health. Though, most public health pests transmit or spread diseases, but beg bugs do not.

What do they look like?

Bed bugs are flat with an oval-shaped body. They have a reddish-brown color and are small, but. Bed bugs are small and might appear inflated if they’ve had a meal.

How do bed bugs infect homes?

Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers. Some people bring these uninvited guests home after a fun vacation. Even in the cleanest, 5-star hotel, bedbugs can hitch a ride in your luggage. They are sneaky creatures are great hiders that love the night. When they get in your home, they can hide in the smallest cracks. It’s a good idea to thoroughly clean suitcases, bags, and all clothes and towels that you brought with you.

What are the best ways to prevent and treat a bed bug infestation?

Due to the lack of public knowledge public and an increase in traveling, there is a rise in the prevalence of these bloods-sucking creatures. Prevention techniques include cleaning all luggage when you arrive home from a trip, having a contractor seal all cracks in the home, and avoiding clutter and unwashed laundry around the home.

If you think you have an infestation, call your friends at Affordable Bio Control Pest Management. You can use our contact form here, or call 219-608-4286. We proudly serve the Region offering the most affordable, effective bed bug treatment.