Although they don't pose any serious health concerns, bedbugs live and hide in areas where people sleep. They are commonly found within bedding and mattresses, as well as on headboards, bed frames and springs. Because bedbugs are nocturnal insects, they can go easily undetected. However, dark spots and small bloodstains may indicate a bedbug infestation. Bedbugs also emit a musty odor from their glands and sometimes leave their eggs and molted skins in or around infested areas.
It is important to accurately identify offending insects before beginning any extermination treatments. Home remedies and those available in stores are rarely effective in treating an entire bedbug infestation. If you choose to utilize an over-the-counter insecticide, be sure to read and follow all label directions closely.
Family pest control professionals administer the most effective treatments. It is advised that anyone with a suspected bedbug infestation contact Family to arrange an inspection and consultation immediately.
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General Facts -
Bed bugs (often misspelled as bedbugs) are small, nocturnal, wingless insects that belong to the family of Cimicidae. They feed on human blood and other warm-blooded hosts. They are oval in shape and grow up to 4-5mm long when fully grown. Their skin color is rust brown to a deeper red brown. Bed bugs are also known as "mahogany flats", "red coats" and "chinches." The adult bed bug does not have any wings and has a flattened body.
Not only are they dorsoventrally flattened, but they are also thin which creates a great advantage for them. They can hide in unusual places such as behind baseboards, floor cracks, and under carpets or behind loose wallpaper, which makes them difficult to detect.
Not only are they undetectable, but bed bugs also tend to stay close together and have a distinctively sweet, yet unpleasant smell. Blood spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings are also signs of a bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs have existed since the ancient times and are found in temperate climates throughout the world. There are different types of bed bugs, but the common bed bug with a scientific name of Cimex lectularius, is adaptable to human environments.
In tropical regions, including Florida, other visible kind of species called Cimex hemipterus, are also known to swarm among poultry and bats. Other places, such as West Africa and South America, are home to the Leptocimex boueti species that infests bats and humans. On the other hand, the species that are found among bats are called Cimex pilosellus and C. pipistrella, and are lurking all over in North America, primarily in poultry farms.
Since they can survive in birds' nests, they can be seen in houses and buildings that have several bird nests, particularly on rooftops. They are also known to feed on bats or household pets, but their typical source of nutrition is human blood.
Bed bugs have a great worldwide distribution due to human travelers who transport luggage, clothing, bedding, and furniture. Though they may reside in unusual places, they are also likely to be found in small cracks near a bed or in comforters and bed sheets.
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