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Bed Bug Identification

Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are insects that are reddish-brown in color. Their bodies are flattened from top to bottom. After feeding, their appearance changes slightly when their bodies swell like a balloon and turn a purplish-red color. They have six legs and are wingless. Bed bugs are fairly small in size, with adults only growing to about ¼ of an inch in length. Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed solely on the blood of mammals. Human blood is their favorite food source. Bed bugs hide during the day in tight cracks and crevices, only emerging at night to feed on their sleeping victims. Bed bugs have the unfortunate potential to become a problem in any St. Clair County home or public place where people are found.

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How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

In conjunction with professional services, doing the following can help to prevent problems with these blood-feeding bed bugs:

  • If possible, do not bring used mattresses, box springs, and other used furniture into your home.
  • Be vigilant against bed bugs when out in public, and never leave personal belongings on the floor of a public place.
  • Immediately wash and dry newly-purchased clothing, linens, and bedding on the highest heat settings the fabric can handle.
  • Use caution in public laundry facilities. After drying your clothing, immediately place it in your laundry basket and take it home to fold.
  • Before bringing luggage and personal items into a hotel or motel room, inspect the room for bed bugs and their signs.
  • Regularly wash and dry items such as coats, hats, bags, and book bags that are used on a daily basis.
  • Routinely vacuum the floors of your home and change bedding frequently, inspecting for signs of bed bugs during the process.

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