These parasitic insects get their name from their preferred habitat. Bed bugs prefer the warm interior of homes, particularly near beds, bedding and sleeping areas, and are usually found in cracks and crevices of mattresses and box springs. These tiny pests can range in size and group up to ¼ in (6 mm) long and have a reddish brown color. Bed bugs can show up in your home from a variety of sources, including guests, old furniture, adjacent apartments or townhomes and pets. They feed only on human and animal blood and can live up to a year on a single feeding. These pests infest homes quickly, so calling professional exterminators is crucial to taking care of the problem.
While bed bugs do not transmit any pathogens or diseases to their hosts, their bites can produce a number of effects in humans. Bed bug bites can skin rashes, swelling, allergic symptoms and even psychological effects. It can be hard to detect bed bugs since they are mainly nocturnal and incredibly small, but they do tend to flock together once they have established their infestation. Exterminating bed bugs usually involves heat and drying treatments as well as the occasional use of pesticides to kill the remaining bugs. Call Miller Pest & Termite today for a free bed bug inspection.