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What You Need To Know About Bed Bugs

Posted on February 4th, 2019 by Knockout Pest Control

Most people think they know all there is to know about bed bugs. They feed on humans while they sleep and leave behind itchy, red bumps. The name suggests that these pests are only found in beds and most people associate bed bugs with hotels/motels.

The truth is, bed bugs can be found anywhere there are humans present. Yes that means single and multi-family homes, apartments, hotels/motels, hospitals, college dorms, office buildings, movie theaters, schools, buses, trains, stores, and the list goes on.

While bed bugs are more prevalent in urban areas due to a larger human population and apartment living, they are also very present in rural areas. These bugs can survive several months without a blood meal and can outlast extreme temperatures. They know how to stay out of sight during the daytime by hiding in furniture, bags and suitcases, baseboards, and behind wallpaper until they are near a human host again.

Once a bed bug finds a host, they will begin their feeding pattern – jokingly referred to as breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bite marks are normally in a cluster which is an indication that you have a bed bug infestation.

Why don’t you feel their bites? Bed bugs have a component in their saliva that acts as an anesthetic at the bite site. This makes feeding a quick and nearly painless process. After feeding, bed bugs digest for 5-10 days and may lay eggs.

Bed bugs are not a pest that can be treated with DIY measures. It is necessary to hire a professional to eliminate these bugs effectively.

If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, don’t wait! Contact Knockout today!

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