Bed bugs are insects that feed on human blood, mostly at night. Although these bites aren’t usually harmful to humans, they do have a number of impacts and they are extremely annoying. Those living with a bed bug infestation often wake up to several red, itchy bites.
There are two species of bed bugs that are most commonly found in homes. These are Cimex lectularius and Cimex hemipterus. These bugs vary in size from one to seven millimeters (roughly the size and color of an apple seed full grown ). Although many think they cannot be seen by the human eye, that’s not true. Bed bugs can be detected either by finding the actual bugs or observing the evidence they leave behind, such as fecal spots, cast skins, eggs and blood spots. When looking for bed bugs it’s a good idea to use a flashlight and a magnifying glass, so they are easily visible and so treatment can begin right away.
Bed bugs like to live primarily in beds and furniture. They are also known to hitchhike by climbing into luggage and traveling to another location to make their home in a new place. This is one reason bed bugs have become so prevalent throughout the world today.
Bed bugs are incredibly difficult to get rid of once a home has become infested. There are many different types of treatments and they may not all work for every type of infestation. Additionally, sometimes several treatments may be needed before a problem is eradicated completely.