What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects that range in color from light brown to dark brownish red depending on when they last fed. They are about the same size and shape as an apple seed, have a short antennae, and are wingless.
Solely feeding on the blood of warm-blooded animals, bed bugs are external parasites. Unlike other parasites like fleas, bed bugs do not live on the bodies of their hosts. These nocturnal pests hide during the day and emerge at night to feed on their sleeping hosts. People are a bed bug’s favorite hosts, and therefore they are frequent, unwelcome invaders in our homes and businesses.
Are bed bugs dangerous?
Unlike some other notable blood-feeding pests, bed bugs aren’t currently considered a significant threat in transmitting diseases that make people ill. However, these biting pests still are a health concern and should never be a part of our households.
The bed bug’s bites are painless thanks to an antiseptic that is in their saliva. Most people do not react to their bites, but those allergic to their saliva may experience a slight reaction at the bite site, a red itchy rash, or even a full-body response (rare). Scratching at the bite sites may lead to a secondary infection like impetigo developing. It also can’t be ignored that having bed bugs living inside a home will affect people’s sleep and mental health.
Why do I have a bed bug problem?
Bed bugs live in large populations in Florida, but since they are indoor pests, it isn’t really because of our warm weather but rather because of the millions of people moving in and out of our state each day. Bed bugs are expert hitchhikers and move from place to place on people and our belongings.
Places with a more urban setting tend to have the most problems with bed bugs since they provide these insects with plenty of buildings to live in and people to transport them there. However, it is important to note that a bed bug infestation can happen to anyone in any home!
Where will I find bed bugs?
Bed bugs have a flat oval-shaped body and will squeeze into tight cracks and crevices to avoid being spotted. Some of a bed bug’s preferred hideaways include:
- Seams of mattresses, box springs, and upholstered furniture
- Cracks in walls and wooden furniture
- In spaces behind electrical outlets
- Behind window and door trim
- Behind wall hangings like pictures, clocks, and shelving
Coming into contact with bed bugs can happen anywhere people live or spend time. A few of the more common places Florida residents encounter bed bugs include hotels and resorts, laundry mats, airports, shopping centers, movie theaters, amusement parks, and car rentals.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
At EchoTech Pest Control Services, we can help you eliminate the bed bugs in your home. We will quickly take back your house from biting bed bugs through our extensive inspections, effective treatments, and follow-up services. Trust EcoTech Pest Control Services and our experienced and skilled professionals to solve your Florida home’s pest problems!
If you live in the greater Tampa area and need to eliminate bed bugs from your home or business, reach out to EcoTech Pest Control Services today!
How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?
- Regularly wash and dry all bedding on high heat settings.
- Place bed bug-proof covers on all mattresses and box springs.
- Always thoroughly inspect and clean things like used furniture, mattresses, and rugs for bed bugs before bringing them into your home.
- When traveling, always inspect your hotels and other rentals for bed bugs before bringing your belongings inside.
- When in public places, keep your belongings away from others and up off the ground.
- Keep your home free of as much clutter as possible. Clutter doesn’t attract bed bugs, but it does allow them hide.