No one ever wants to deal with a bed bug infestation. While these insects do not carry disease, they do bite as a means of getting food, and they can make it impossible to get a good night’s sleep. It is important that everyone understands the basics about bed bugs, including how to prevent them from getting into the home in the first place. When that is not enough, our Olympia bed bug control company can provide the solutions you need to get rid of these creatures once and for all.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are insects that are relatively small and flat. These insects feed on a person’s blood, usually at night while they are sleeping. An adult bed bug measures only one-quarter of an inch long and they have oval bodies. The appearance of bed bugs is often compared to that of an apple seed. Bed bugs feed for about three to ten minutes at a time and as they do, their bodies become swollen and bright red. When a bed bug has not just fed, they are usually rust-colored.
Bed bugs do not have wings and they cannot fly. However, female bed bugs can lay between 200 and 400 eggs during their lifetime, depending on the temperature of their environment and their food supply. Bed bugs do not live in colonies, but if you have one, you likely have many others, and they can multiply fairly quickly. It is important to both prevent bed bugs from getting into your home, and to call an Olympia bed bug control expert if they still make their way inside.