Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are blood-feeding pests. They live solely on the blood of people and animals but prefer humans over any other host. When in our homes, they will feed on our pets, but if we are available, they will choose us. Bed bugs are prolific breeders and frequently take over spaces where we live and work. These pests can rapidly spread throughout any home, so immediate bed bug control measures are necessary at the first sign of bed bugs in your home.

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Bed bugs are about the size of a small apple seed. Before feeding, they are flat, oval-shaped, and reddish-brown. After feeding, these insects become more swollen and balloon or capsule-like and turn a deeper red. Young bed bugs (nymphs) are smaller than adults and are translucent or yellowish-white until they feed and turn bright red.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

After being bitten by bed bugs, it is common for people to have a range of reactions from nothing at all to a raised rash to a severe allergic reaction. Though bed bugs feed on blood, they currently aren’t responsible for the spread of serious diseases to people. The presence of bed bugs causes people to experience unnecessary stress and a lack of sound sleep. Bed bugs, while not dangerous, certainly need to be controlled and eliminated quickly!

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs are exceptional hitchhikers; therefore, the more foot traffic present, the more likely there will be bed bugs. Coming into contact with bed bugs is common when spending time in or traveling through public places like hotels, airports, schools, dormitories, hospitals, movie theaters, libraries, shopping centers, and office buildings.

Where will I find bed bugs?

There is a common misconception that bed bugs thrive in areas of filth. You can find bed bugs wherever there are people; whether a home is immaculate or a bit more lived in plays no part in whether they are in a structure or not.

Bed bugs are hitchhikers and move from place to place with people. Traveling in the folds of our clothing, bags, luggage, or our other belongings, bed bugs move wherever we take them. When introduced into our homes, bed bugs will move to dark cracks and crevices to hide during the day and emerge at night to feed. Some favorite hideouts include mattresses, footboards and headboards, wall voids, upholstered furniture, rugs, baseboards, and behind baseboards.

Bed bugs don’t just stay in the bedroom; as the infestation develops, they will move throughout a home and become even more difficult to control.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

If bed bugs get into your Northeast Ohio home, the best way to eliminate the infestation is to partner with a professional. Take back your home from bed bugs and other common household pests with the help of the professionals at Epcon Lane. For over 75 years, we have been working diligently to protect Northeast Ohio properties from pests. To get rid of bed bugs, our professionals perform thorough inspections and put together a custom treatment plan that will meet your property’s exact needs. Trust the professionals at Epcon Lane to rid your property of bed bugs and prevent a reinfestation! Learn more about our effective bed bug control services by giving us a call today!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Eliminate bed bugs and take back your home with the help of Epcon Lane and by implementing the following prevention tips.

  • Always inspect secondhand items for bed bugs before bringing them into your house.

  • When spending time in a hotel room or other type of rental, make sure to inspect your accommodations for bed bugs before bringing your luggage inside.

  • Regularly inspect areas of your home where bed bugs normally congregate to get help find an infestation sooner rather than later. 

  • Frequently change bedding and vacuum floors to eliminate stray bed bugs before they can develop into large populations.

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