How did I get bedbugs?
Bedbugs are excellent travelers. Attaching themselves to shoes, clothing, and belongings, bedbugs “hitchhike” their way to their final destination where they can feed and multiply.
What do bed bugs look like?
Bedbugs range in size depending on their life stage. A first-stage nymph is approximately the size of a pinhead – 1.5 mm in length and clear. They grow to be about 4.5 mm in length, are brownish red in color, oval and flat in shape and resemble an apple seed. After a blood feeding the bedbug can become engorged to three times its actual size and redder in color.
How do I know if I have bedbugs?
Another telltale sign that you have an infestation is swollen, itchy welts on the body that are caused by bites when the insect feeds on human blood. The best way to determine whether or not you have bedbugs is to have an HRH scent detection dog handler team do a thorough search.
Where do bedbugs hide?
Bedbugs are nocturnal. Since they only come out at night to feed (on human blood and the blood of small animals and birds) they are difficult to see. Bedbugs hide in mattresses but they can also be found in or around the headboard, in furniture, inside walls and appliances.
Do bedbugs carry disease?
Bedbugs are not known to carry any disease or pathogens but they can leave swollen, red itchy welts on the body.