Bed bugs are small insects belonging to the genus Cimex that feed on blood. They are mostly active at night but will seek blood meals during the day too.
Many people believe the false idea that bed bugs are found in unclean conditions and dirty houses, and when an infestation occurs, they are often embarrassed to seek help from a qualified exterminator.
The myths are totally false. Bed bugs are simply opportunistic, traveling insects. If you’ve been on vacation, bed bugs could have hitched a ride home in your luggage. Visiting relatives or friends? They could have found their way into your purse. Did you purchase used furniture? They were waiting in the upholstery.
Because bed bugs can live a long time between blood meals and need only one meal to reproduce and start a new infestation, they can be very patient and take advantage of every opportunity to find a new home.
Court Pest Control is experienced at handling bed bugs. Visit our article on Bed Bug Control, then call us at 412-672-7378.
How to Identify Bed Bugs
It’s best to identify bed bugs early. Once established, infestations are more difficult to deal with and they spread to other areas of your home.
Unfortunately, other insects like carpet beetles, can be mistaken for bed bugs. And bed bug bites can look like mosquito bites or chigger bites.
The best approach is to look for physical signs of bed bugs when you are changing bedding or cleaning furniture. Look for rusty or reddish stains and dark spots bed bugs leave behind. Check for tiny eggs and eggshells, and of course, live bed bugs.
At Court Pest Control, we can supply a business-card sized bed bug identifier that can help you spot bed bugs early. For best results, call Court Pest Control at 412-672-7378.
Some Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Bed Bugs
- They have been traced back to biblical times.
- They are not known to carry or transmit diseases.
- Experts theorized when early man left cave living, the bud bug went with them and adapted. Evidence that supports the theory is that the insect known as the bat bug is a twin to the bed bug when looking with the naked eye. A microscope is needed to differentiate the two.
- Bed bugs will feed on warm blooded animals including cats and dogs. It is important to inspect pet sleeping areas when preforming an inspection for bed bugs.