Some people think of bed bugs as no more than part of that cute bedtime saying: “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” But many people know better; that bed bugs are quite real, and far from cute. Most people have heard about the recent comeback of bed bugs in the news. Bed bugs are named as such because of their preference to live in your bedding and mattresses and then feed on sleeping occupants at night. If you even suspect you have bed bugs in your Austin home, we recommend you call A-Tex Pest Management right away before a bed bugs populate and a more serious infestation takes hold.
Bed Bugs Appearance and Habits
Before they feed, bed bugs are small, brownish insects with flat, oval-shaped bodies and after they feed they are fat and reddish in color as they are filled with your blood! Bed bugs are extremely difficult to detect and control because of their small size, tendency to hide during the day, their ability to hitchhike a ride on luggage, clothes and furniture and finally the fact that they are prolific breeders. Female bed bugs lay up to five eggs a day and 500 during a lifetime!
Bed Bugs Signs
Typically, the first sign of a bed bug infestation are small, itchy red clusters on exposed skin and the appearance of small brownish or reddish dots on bed linens and mattresses. These are bed bug droppings and blood spots. Sometimes bed bug eggs and molted skins may also be visible. Heavy infestations carry a sweet smell.
Hiding Bed Bugs
Due to the small stature, bed bugs are able to crawl into very small cracks and crevices in and around your bedroom and other living areas. Fortunately, the bed bug specialists at A-Tex Pest Management know just where to look to find bed bugs wherever they are trying to hide.
Complete Bed Bug Removal
For the reasons outlined above, bed bugs are extremely difficult to eliminate. Do it yourself measures do not work. Your first step should be to contact A-Tex Pest Management. Our trained professionals will complete a thorough bed bug inspection where upon we locate the bed bugs and then apply the proper treatment to infested areas, and return for follow-up inspections and maintenance if necessary. Lastly we advise you on how to prevent future infestations.