Beds bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals while they sleep.
They are reddish-brown in color and are wingless. They are typically 1mm-7mm in size and can survive without a blood meal for months.
Where are bed bugs found?
Bed bugs are present across the world – America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and everywhere in between. It is a misconception that bed bugs are found in only developing countries. The fact is that all developed countries including the United States have bed bugs and they can be found even in plush homes and 5 star hotels. You can find bed bugs in cruise ships, hotels, apartments, trains, buses and shelters. During the day, these bugs hide themselves in the box springs, dresser tables, bed frames and seams of mattresses. They become active at night and feed on blood when a person is asleep.
Are there any health risks posed by bed bugs?
Bed bugs are more of an annoyance than a health hazard. They are not known to cause or spread disease. They generally cause loss of sleep and intense itching. If a person scratches the bite site too hard, it can cause a wound and lead to infection.
While some people may not even see a sign of a bed bug bite, others may get a small bite mark and still others may get have an allergic reaction. If a person suffers an allergic reaction to a bed bug bite, immediate medical attention should be sought.
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Signs of bed bug infestation
The first sign of bed bug infestation is the bite marks on arms, hands, neck, face and other exposed parts of the body while sleeping. The problem is that these bite marks may not develop immediately and may take up to 14 days to become visible. However, there are other signs that can signal the presence of bed bugs in a home.
- Presence of reddish brown, tiny flat insects in the folds of sheets and mattresses
- A musty odor
- The exoskeletons of bed bugs after molting
- Blood spots from their blood-laced fecal matter that they excrete on your mattress or bedding
Bed bug bites
It is hard to tell if someone has been bitten by a bed bug unless there are signs of bed big infestation in the house. Most people don’t even come to know that they have been bitten unless they see a bite mark on their skin. The bite marks resemble that of flea or a mosquito. A more severe reaction to a bed bug bite or severe scratching can cause complications such as skin problems, anxiety, and insomnia.
NYC Bed Bug Exterminators
If you suspect that your home has been infected by bed bugs, you should immediately get in touch with a bed bug exterminator in NYC before these bugs spoil your sleep and comfort. At Titan Pest Control our team of professional exterminators are committed to helping residents of New York City and New Jersey rid their homes of unwanted pests. Give us a call today at (201) 916-4603 or by clicking the phone below.