Bed bugs are blood feeders that can be found in homes and hotels in every part of the world. During the night bed bugs feed off human blood then hide during the day always nesting near their hosts.
What do bed bugs look like?
Adult bed bugs has a flat yet, rounded body, not much larger than an apple seed. Bed bugs can range in color from brown to red depending on when they fed last. After a feeding, bed bugs take on a darker red color which gradually fades to brown as it digests its meal. The young are born light in color and turn brown as they feed their way to maturation. Young bed bugs will look a ghostly, pale white to cream color until they first feed. Eggs look more like tiny grains of salt (if you're lucky enough to find them.)
Where do bed bugs hide?
Bed bugs are commonly found on matresses, box springs, headboards and bed frames. Bed bugs will hide in furniture and fixtures that are close to their hosts. Frighteningly enough, bed bugs do not just hide in bedrooms, so this is not the only place of concern in your home. Bed bugs seek out human hosts that remain inactive only long enough to provide a meal. Any place we sit, or rest can be a place of concern in the home or office. Relaxing in a movie theater for two hours or kicking back in a recliner in the living room centers you as a target for feeding if they are present. You can also become a bed bug target just by taking Uber across town.
Signs you may have bed bugs.
Bed bugs are found in mattress seams, pillow tufts, and wooden slats under the supporting boxsprings of a bed. Without treatment, a bed bug population will quickly grow out of control moving into cracks and crevices near the bed. If let go, bed bugs will soon infest wall hangings, carpeting, night stands, drapes, wall outlets and more.
A bed bug infestation isn't something to let go. When red, itchy bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, or any other body parts develop, it's time to call Gladhill Services. These bite marks may take up to 14 days to develop according to medical experts, so it's important to look for other signs when considering bed bugs. Look for signs of the following:
- Dark stains on linens, mattress, box-spring or bed frame
- Feces appears like small black spots.
- Shed skins from molting
- sweet yet musty odor released by bed bugs to attract others.