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What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are six-legged nocturnal insects that feed on the blood of humans or warm-blooded animals. The most common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is the species most adapted to living with humans.

Adult bed bugs are mahogany to red in color and are flat and oval-shaped. They grow no larger than ¼ inch. Immature bed bugs (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are smaller and somewhat lighter in color and can appear translucent.

Bed bugs can live inside mattresses, baseboards, box springs, headboards, and many other cracks and crevices around the house, and they can lay 200 to 500 eggs during their lifetime. They can also travel on or in clothing, shoes, bags, luggage and more which can cause a bed bug issue. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, bed bugs will typically live up to a total of 316 days.

Bed bug

1/4″ long

Mahogany to red-brown (after blood meal)

6 legs, flat, broad oval (unfed), swollen and elongated (fed)

What do I look for?

It is a common misperception that bed bugs are not visible to the naked eye. Mature bed bugs can be seen and identified — they are approximately the size of an apple seed. When changing your bedding, look for signs that bed bugs are present:

  • Tiny red splotches or stains

  • Shell casings or fecal matter (dust-like particles)

Since bed bugs are nocturnal, another obvious warning sign would be suspicious bites that occurred at night.

Though people experience different physiological reactions to bed bug bites, these bites are usually red and visible and generally appear in clusters of three on arms and legs and can be very itchy. The bite patterns result from frequent disruptions to the bugs during “feeding,” which may cause them to make several attempts in the same area.

Bee-Z Pest Control Bed Bug Treatment Solutions

At Bee-Z Pest Control, we understand that treating bed bugs requires a comprehensive approach: listening, assessing and diagnosing, so that we can thoroughly and effectively treat and solve your bed bug problem

Bee-Z’s bed bug solutions combine our expert knowledge of bed bug biology and behavior with the application of EPA-approved, pesticides and other innovative technologies. Our in depth bed bug treatments address not only bed bug causes but also work to prevent future outbreaks and include more than a once over spray of pesticides. We continuously review and assess new developments in the field to offer our clients the best technology and pest solutions available.

Each of our bed bug technicians have over 1,000 hours of experience in their specialization. They work closely with each client to assess the extent of the problem and customize comprehensive treatment options, offering help and advice through every step of the process: from pre-treatment to post-treatment clean-up. Each bed bug case is closely monitored until the problem is completely resolved.

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