The one pest everyone hopes they never have to deal with—Bed bugs.
In a city with more than 70,000 people like here in Framingham, bed bugs are a lot more common than most think.
They hide in the crevices of luggage, clothes, and used furniture, traveling from one home to another, seeking the blood from its next victim. They’re the Dracula of the pest world.
They’re bound to give anyone a hint of anxiety.
Whether you’re dealing with bed bugs in Framingham right now or want to know more about these freaky little home invaders, continue reading below.
What are bed bugs
Bed bugs are a small, flat insect that feeds solely on blood, typically at night while humans and animals are sleeping. They can go months on end without single feeding. Despite being named bed bugs, they reside in many other areas: furniture, carpet, curtains, pillows, and walls. They often infiltrate a home by traveling on luggage, clothing, used furniture, and other items.
What does a bed bug look like
Fully grown bed bugs will measure roughly 3/16 inches long, or about the size of an apple seed. They have a reddish-brown body that is flat and oval-shaped, containing accordion-like folds along it’s back. As they fill up with blood, their bodies become redder and increase in size. They have six legs, none of which are longer than their body, and two antennae that are no longer than their legs.
Do bed bugs bite
Yes, bed bugs can bite humans and pets.
They pierce the skin of its victim with two separate tubes. One of these tubes injects its saliva, containing a mixture of anesthetics and anticoagulants, while the other one is withdrawing blood. This feasting session can last between 5-10 minutes. After that time has passed, it will return to its hiding place.
These bites are typically on exposed parts of the skin when one sleeps. The legs, hands, arms, shoulders, neck, and face are all areas that usually receive this bite.
There have been instances where an individual will develop red, itchy welts or swelling around the area. Most people will not react to these bites, as most leave no trace and get overlooked.
Are bed bug bites dangerous
Bed bugs are not dangerous to humans or pets, but their presence may cause anxiety and uneasiness. Thankfully, they do not spread any diseases, pathogens, or germs directly through their bites.
How to know if you were bit by a bed bug
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to identify a bed bug bite definitively without any other evidence of their presence. There are a lot of common signs to look for, but the best thing to do if bites are suspected is get a confirmed identification of the culprit.
How quickly do bed bugs spread
You will not notice bed bugs in large numbers right away like other pests. An infestation may be slowly expanding without you ever knowing. The first time you see more than one bed bug in your home, it’s usually safe to assume they’ve been breeding for at least three weeks.
How to get rid of bed bugs in Framingham
Have you recently discovered a bed bug infestation? Then it’s crucial to contact a local pest control company like Rove Pest Control immediately.
We always advise our neighbors here in Framingham to avoid attempting to get rid of bed bugs themselves. Trying to treat and remove bed bugs improperly can make problems worse and will cost more in the long run.
A reputable company can quickly identify and evaluate the issue, answer any questions or concerns, and provide the appropriate solutions.
Doing it correctly the first time is always the way to go.
Some ways that Rove Pest Control solves a bed bug infestation
- All technicians are licensed, trained, and adhere to strict EPA guidelines when administering any treatment.
- A meticulous inspection takes place in all locations of bed bug activity and the nearby living areas. In many cases, we are able to get access to neighboring units where a typical resident would not have access.
- Outlet, light, and other wall plates may be removed and treated with a dust application.
- All cracks, crevices, and baseboards receive thorough treatment using the appropriate liquids, dusts, heat, aerosols, etc.
- Certain areas of furniture, mattresses, and other fabrics may also receive any appropriate treatments.
- Bed bug activity typically decreases with a combination of these treatments. Depending on the severity of the infestation, additional applications or methods of treatment may be necessary.
- All life stages of the bed bug are addressed when performing treatments. This ensures that eggs and nymphs are not able to replenish the population.
If you think you may have bed bug, don’t hesitate, call in the local bed bug control experts today!