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What are bed bugs?

Knowing what bed bugs look like is helpful because it can help you identify a bed bug infestation in your own home or your hotel room if you go on vacation and want to check it for bed bugs before you settle in. Bed bugs are small, but they can be seen by the naked eye. In their early stages of development, they are light, translucent white, but they become darker brown as they grow to adulthood.

Bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed. After a blood meal, they go from having somewhat flat bodies to having elongated and engorged bodies that are reddish brown. Bed bugs can go for several months without a meal, which can make them difficult to eliminate since they can hide away out of the range of some treatments.

bed bugs on a bed

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not known to spread diseases, but that doesn’t mean you want them in your house. Because they feed on blood, your family will suffer through many itchy bed bug bites if they are allowed to remain in your home.

Not only is a bed bug infestation physically trying, but it’s also mentally and emotionally trying. No one likes having bugs crawling on you while you sleep, so knowing you have bed bugs in your house is troublesome to your mental health.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

What causes bed bugs is not the same thing that causes most other pest infestations. Most pests get inside by crawling through openings in your house. Bed bugs get inside by riding in on your clothes or bags. Bed bugs love to travel, so it’s possible to unknowingly pick them up and bring them home whenever you’re out in public. Once inside your house, bed bugs can begin to reproduce and become a problem.

Where will I find bed bugs?

As their name indicates, you can find bed bugs in beds, but that’s not the only place you can find them. They also spend time in upholstered furniture, dresser drawers, behind picture frames, cracks in your floorboards, and even in electrical outlets.

Being able to identify bed bug signs can help you determine an infestation as early as possible. Knowing where to look for them is the first step. Check the areas mentioned above for stains that are tiny red dots or brown streaks. Look for shed skins and egg casings. You may even find live bed bugs. If an infestation is advanced, you may notice a musty odor in your house.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

If you find bed bugs in your house, you need bed bug control services in Overland Park. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eliminate, and the professionals at Mantis Pest Solutions only use the most high-tech solutions to eliminate your bed bug infestation altogether. Our treatments are eco-friendly, effective, and warranted. Don’t waste time on DIY treatments that only partially eliminate the problem. Let Mantis Pest Solutions take care of it in its entirety.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Preventing a bed bug infestation is not simple because there isn’t a treatment you can perform to keep bed bugs from getting into your house. Instead, you must be vigilant in inspecting for any signs of bed bugs in order to catch an infestation as early as possible. Taking special care to check your home after a vacation or after you have guests is especially important. If you have any reason to believe that bed bugs have gotten into your house, contact Mantis Pest Solutions today.

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