Bed bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and the size of an apple seed. They are frequently mistaken for other insects. Their eggs are white, oblong, and only about 1 mm.
True to their name, bed bugs can be found hiding in mattresses, box springs, mattress tags, furniture, suitcases, picture frames, and other areas. They are often hidden during the day.
There are several ways to tell if you have bed bugs. In addition to their signature bite marks on your skin, including noticing small red or brown spots on your bedding could be a sign of bed bug activity.
Bed bugs can spread easily by latching onto a number of items, including suitcases, purses, and more. Used furniture often contributes to the spread of pests. Those that travel can also pick up bed bugs on their journey.
Bed bugs and carpet beetles both are very similar in appearance, making it hard to decipher which is which. Carpet beetle larvae look fuzzier and more stout than bed bug larvae, which look like little worms.
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Yes, bed bugs are infamous for their habit of biting people. They typically bite at night when their host is at rest. Bites aren’t usually felt, but could cause red, itchy marks on their victims a day or two later.
It’s easy to confused bed bug bites for other common insect bites. There is usually a very bright red center with a lighter, swollen bump surrounding the bite. In rare cases, rashes or welts can form.
Out of all insect bites, bed bug bites are the most dreaded for how itchy they can be. It’s important to never scratch at a bed bug bite. This hinders the healing process and can make the bites even worse.
Bed bugs are considered a nuisance pest and do not pose a major threat. They may be parasitic and leave you with itchy, inflamed bites, but there are no major dangers of a bed bug problem.
Bed bugs are not known to spread disease nor have there been any reported cases of transmitted diseases. They do, however, carry a number of disease organisms.