Adult bed bugs are oval shaped; mahogany colored, and turn reddish-brown after feeding. Compare their shape and size to an apple seed. Adults have a flattened body, measuring about 3/16-inch long. After they eat, their bodies become long and stretched out. Eggs are white, slightly pear-shaped, and about 1/32 inch long. Eggs are sticky when first laid allowing them to be placed on walls, mattresses, and much more.
4 Signs You Have Bed Bugs
- An actual bed bug sighting.
- Small, rust-colored dots, about the size of a pencil eraser, on your sheets or mattress.
- The cast skins (molting) of a bed bug.
- Red bite marks or welts on your arms or upper torso.
How Difficult Is It to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Reduction of bed bug populations is not difficult in most cases, however, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to eliminate every last bug in some situations. If even one adult female survives, the environment may become re-infested. For this reason, it is difficult to guarantee bed bug work.
Even the most experienced pest management firms will have their work cut out for them. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to guarantee the total elimination of bed bugs from some infested environments.
When dealing with a company that is offering a guarantee, consumers should inquire what the guarantee really covers; does it guarantee complete elimination and how long is the guarantee? Most guarantees will be limited to no longer than a few months due to the potential for re-introduction of new bugs into the environment.
Sleeping in a different room or vacating the structure is not a solution and can make the problem more difficult to eliminate.
The bottom line is that bed bug work requires a highly trained professional. It takes hard work, follow-up efforts and it can be expensive.
Next Steps If I Know I Have Bed Bugs?
If you think your home or space is infested with bed bugs, taking action before the problem gets worse is your best bet. We’re here to help answer questions and help you make a well-informed decision on how to rid your space of these pests. Please check out our additional bed bug resources below, or contact us for further information:
- Learn More About Bed Bugs
- Bed Bug Heat Treatment
- Preparing Your Home For Heat Treatment
- Other Treatment Options