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What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, brownish, flat insects, from no bigger than a pinhead, to the size of a tick in adults. They small ones cannot be seen by naked eye. They feed on the blood of animals, including humans. The name comes from their tendency to live between mattresses and feed on bed occupants at night. Bed bugs move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bed bugs lay up to five eggs a day and can have 500 in a lifetime.
Can They Be Them Eliminated? The answer is yes, it is possible to eliminate a bed bug infestation in most situations particularly if the bed bugs are detected shortly after they have been introduced into the environment. The longer bed bugs exist without being detected, the greater their opportunity to disperse within the environment, making it harder to find and eliminate 100% of the population. Another factor which plays a major role in how readily a bed bug infestation can be eliminated is the amount of available harborage for bed bugs to use as a safe haven from control efforts. Cluttered conditions, poorly sealed baseboards, crown moldings, window frames, door frames, paneling on walls, etc. offer virtually unlimited harborages.
Bed Bug Infestations:
Bed bugs are believed to have originally traveled to the United States from Europe in the 17th century. Efforts to control them after World War II dramatically reduced the occurrence of U.S. bed bug infestations. But recently, as you have heard in the news, bed bug infestations have made a big comeback. Six or seven years ago pest control companies in this area reported virtually no service calls a year. Now we get calls daily.
Bed Bugs are flat, wingless and oval shaped (although young bed bugs can be too small for the naked eye). They are often mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. Distinguishing characteristics include:
Mahogany to rust brown/red color
Short, golden body hair