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The basics of bed bugs

Bed bugs are more than just a nuisance – they can become a persistent problem in your home. These tiny pests are about the size and shape of an apple seed, and they can be hard to detect. However, they pose a serious public health risk and can be difficult and costly to eliminate once an infestation is established. If you suspect that your home might have an infestation, it is important to call a professional exterminator with experience in bed bug control right away. They can develop a strategy to help you get rid of the pests for good.

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How to find bed bugs

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Bed bugs hide when they are not feeding and are most commonly found in seams and folds in bedding, clothing, and furniture. The best indicators of an infestation are physical signs of a bed bug presence, not necessarily bites on skin.

Look for:

Rusty-colored blood stains where bed bugs may have been crushed

Bed bug excrement or pale-yellow shed skins

Live bed bugs

Look for:

Look for tiny, rust-colored or black dots, which may be bed bug feces

Rusty-colored blood stains where bed bugs may have been crushed

Bed bug excrement or pale-yellow shed skins

Live bed bugs

Reasons you might have bed bugs

Bed bugs are a common household pest but they can be difficult to get rid of once they infest your home and it’s important to know what attracts them. Here are some reasons you might have bed bugs:

  • Recent travel

  • Spreading from neighboring apartments

  • House guests staying in your home

  • Bringing secondhand furniture into your home without proper inspection

  • Clutter

  • Pets
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