Bed bugs are more common than you think. They are able to multiply very quickly and can cause an infestation within a short period of time. Bed bugs are not a seasonal pest; therefore they can be found at anytime of the year. They also can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122°F. Bed bugs are very hard to get rid of if you do not get proper treatment. If you think you may have bed bugs, contact First Choice immediately as early detection is important to prevent an infestation.
BED BUG APPEARANCE:
Baby – nearly colorless when they first hatch
Unfed – mahogany to rusty brown color
Engorged – red/brown color
Baby – the shape of a poppy seed
Unfed – flat, broad, & oval
Engorged – swollen & more elongated
Baby – the size of a pinhead
Adults – grow up to ¼ inch long
COMMON SIGNS OF BED BUGS
Small reddish-brown spots of blood on mattress, bed linens, upholstry or walls.
Molt bed bug skins, white sticky eggs or empty egg shells.
Bites: reddish, itchy spots that appear on body parts that are exposed while sleeping.
BED BUG FACTS
99.6% of U.S. based professional pest management companies have encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year.
Bed bugs tend to be the most difficult pest to treat, more so than cockroaches or ants.
Bed bugs can lay eggs 5 times a day & more than 500 in a lifetime.
Bed bugs feed solely on the blood of humans & animals, but can survive for several months without eating.
Bed bugs can be found in a number of places including: hotels/motels, college dorms, apartments/condos, single-family homes, multi-family housing, nursing homes, etc.
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