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Bed Bug Identification

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs survive by feeding on blood from warm-blooded animals-choosing people over any other host. If we are not available, they will feed on dogs, cats, rodents, and birds.

Bed bugs are nocturnal and feed at night. Their dark, flat, oval-shaped bodies allow them to hide during the day well out of our sight. These insects are wingless, and their preferred mode of transportation is hitchhiking. Bed bugs are mainly indoor pests and move from location to location on people and our belongings.

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Bed bugs find a host by detecting the carbon dioxide they emit during the breathing process. As they approach a host, they are also attracted to their body heat. When feeding on a person, they typically choose areas of the body that are exposed and easy to access, such as the face, neck, arms, legs, and stomach or back. Bed bugs can feed without causing any pain or discomfort because the components in their saliva act as an anesthetic.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Your home is a place where you should feel safe, a place where you can relax after a hectic day. However, when you share your home with bed bugs, it turns your home from a place of solitude to a place you want to flee.

Bed bugs aren’t known for spreading a significant number of diseases to people like other biting, blood-feeding pests, but they do bite us, and those allergic to their saliva will develop a red itchy rash. Scratching at the rash is not only uncomfortable but may lead to a secondary infection.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

If bed bugs become a problem in your home, it is important to remember that they can find their way into any structure. You aren’t the first and won’t be the last to experience a bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs are difficult to avoid because they can find their way into our homes in many ways, including on our clothing, our bags, on used furniture or mattresses, or by crawling through the walls or floors of multi-unit buildings.

Public places with a lot of foot traffic are where most people come into contact with bed bugs. You can also encounter bed bugs while visiting friends or family. Bed bugs are exceptional at hiding from us, so it can sometimes take months for a person to discover that bed bugs are in their home.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs live in various places, and you can come into contact with them in almost any indoor space, including libraries, movie theaters, schools, hospitals, office buildings, and shopping centers.

When traveling, hot spots for bed bugs include airports, bus stations, cruise ships, hotels, motels, and resorts. Whether you are traveling on a budget or going all out, bed bugs can be wherever you are, moving unnoticed from place to place on people and our belongings.

After finding a way into our homes, bed bugs will hide in areas that give them easy access to their sleeping hosts. Mattresses, cracks in wooden furniture or walls, behind wall hangings, in upholstered furniture, and behind wall outlets are just a few of their favorite hideouts.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Get rid of bed bugs from your property by reaching out to Ventura Pest Control. We know how unsettling having bed bugs in your home can be and will act quickly and work with you to put together a treatment plan to eliminate the entire infestation. With over 62 years of success in the pest control industry, you can rest assured that we will solve your property’s specific pest problems.

To learn more about Ventura’s oldest family-owned and operated pest control company, and the exceptional bed bug control services we offer, give Ventura Pest Control a call today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent bed bugs from invading your property:

  • After traveling, always wash and dry all clothing taken on the highest heat settings possible.
  • Inspect the seams and pockets of luggage and bags taken on a trip for bed bugs.
  • Regularly vacuum your home, including upholstered furniture and mattresses.
  • When spending time away from your house at work or school, keep your belongings away from other people’s belongings.
  • Encase your mattresses and box springs in bed bug proof covers.
  • If possible, don’t purchases used furniture or mattresses for your home; if that is not an option, make sure to thoroughly clean and inspect them.

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