Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Color: Unfed adults are mahogany; engorged bed bugs are red-brown. Nymphs are nearly colorless.
Shape: Flat, broad oval when unfed; swollen and elongated when fed
Size: Adults are 1/4" long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm
Region: Throughout the U.S.
Want to know how to treat bed bugs? Once upon a time, bed bugs were only mentioned during that famous children’s nursery rhyme. In fact, many people thought they were fictitious – until these pesky little creatures started invading homes, hotels and hospitals.
How We Treat Bed Bugs and What to Expect
At home, bed bug infestation usually starts in and around the bed. Bed bugs only feed on blood and under the right conditions bed bugs have been able to survive up to a year without a meal. They love cracks and crevices and can be found in mattress seams and tufts, sheets, blankets and pillows and behind baseboards, switch plates and picture frames. Bed bugs travel the globe, hiding in suitcases, clinging to clothing and hopping on furniture as it’s moved from place to place. They typically come out at night to feed, but during the day they stay within a five-foot radius of the bed.
SIGNS OF A BED BUG INFESTATION
1 SEEING THE BUGS. Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed.
2 CASE SKINS. As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence.
3 DEFECATION. After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces.
4 BITES. May indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.
HOW CLARK'S HANDLES BED BUGS
If you suspect bed bugs, you’ll most likely need professional pest control treatment to get rid of them. Not only are bed bugs hard to get rid of, they multiply quickly so the sooner you take action, the better. A Clark’s Pest Professional will do an inspection and recommend a plan of attack to get rid of bed bugs now and prevent them from hatching in the future.
TIPS TO KEEP BED BUGS AT BAY
- Get rid of household clutter, which makes it easier to spot pests.
- Wash and dry bed linens often and use the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
- Closely inspect secondhand furniture and other items that could be carrying bed bugs before bringing them into your home.
- Look under mattresses and on your bed frames, headboards and other bedroom furniture for signs of bed bugs.
- When you travel, keep your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and walls.
- Inspect your luggage carefully when you pack and after you return home. Keep it off the bed and store it in a closet away from your bedroom.
- As soon as you get home from a trip, put the clothing that was in your luggage in the dryer on the highest setting for at least 15 minutes.