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What Is A Bed Bug?

How To Identify A Bed Bug:

In order to prevent bed bug infestations, it is important to gain a better understanding of what bed bugs are.


Here are some facts to help you better identify bed bugs:


Overall Description Common Facts Bed Bug Bite Descriptions
  • Bed bugs are small and reddish-brown insects.
  • Bed bugs look as if they are a flattened insect, with an overall oval shape to their body.
  • Adult bed bugs are usually the size of an apple seed.
  • Bed bugs have 6 legs.
  • With their naturally flattened bodies, they are able to successfully hide in smaller crevices than average insects and pests.
  • Bed bugs do not have wings or fly.
  • They do not carry any diseases.
  • It does not matter how clean you or your house is, bed bugs do not care as long as they have a source of food.
  • Bed bugs are known in the insect and pest world as hitchhikers. This means that bed bugs can latch onto you from anywhere and anyone, no one is safe.
  • Since bed bugs are rather small insects, they can sometimes be extra tricky to identify and find.
  • Bed bug bites can cause people to have a reaction that results in red and itchy spots on your skin.
  • The bed bug bites are usually clustered together in a small area that may form a line pattern on your skin.
  • Some people do not have any reaction to bed bug bites.


Where To Look For Bed Bugs:

Naturally, they are called bed bugs because they are usually known for making themselves at home in people’s bedrooms such as their mattresses, bed frames, headframes, and even invading other places throughout people’s houses.


Bed Bug Behaviors & Warning Signs:

Not only do bed bugs tend to reside in people’s mattresses, but they also tend to only feed at night. They like to feed at night because that is when people are usually lying completely still. If any of your skin is showing when you go to sleep, it can make you vulnerable to bed bugs. That is why it is important to take note of where you are being bitten throughout your body. If you notice the bites are showing up on an area of skin that is usually not covered by clothing when you are sleeping, it might be a good idea to seek out a professional bed bug company to receive a bed bug evaluation.

Another warning sign that bed bugs might be present on your mattress would be if you notice any reddish stains or smears on your sheets. These stains or smears usually show up because bed bugs congregate in one spot of a person’s mattress. This is an easy indicator to look for if you believe you have a bed bug infestation. The reddish stains could also mean that you might have smashed some of the bed bugs while you were sleeping. It is important to keep an eye out for any of these bed bug warning signs to prevent any further infestation to your home.


Bed Bug Prevention:

Always remember, if you believe that you might have found bed bugs in your home from using the information above, it is important to get it taken care of right away before the infestation can spread any further. Bed Bug BBQ in Lakewood, Ohio even offers free local bed bug home inspections! Our Bed Bug BBQ team is always ready to take on any bed bug challenges that come our way with their non-chemical heat treatment. If you need a professional’s opinion feel free to contact us and give us a call at (216)-206-6717.


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