Common Questions About Bed Bugs

February 4th, 2021

Person inspecting a mattress full of stains from bed bugs

Bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to identify. Even though they do not fly, they are quick to spread through your home. If you ever notice these small crawlers around your house, we suggest you call a local pest control company without delay.

As a local pest control company, we are often asked questions about these bugs. Here, we cover the most frequent ones. Read on!

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs have 6-legs and come across as seed-like creatures with brown color and antennae. The baby bed bugs (i.e., nymphs) are around 1.3-4.5mm, whereas the adult bed bugs are around ΒΌ inch. Once they feed, they turn a more reddish color since they feed on blood.

What are the signs of bed bug infestation?

One of the easiest ways to identify bed bugs is by the itching red marks on your body coming from their bite. Other signs to look for are rusty-colored spots on your mattresses coming from their feces. You can also check the folds on your mattress and sheets to see if you can see any.

If you contact one of your local pest control companies, they will be able to inspect your home and confirm if you have an infestation.

Are the bed bugs just in my bed?

In short, no – you can find bed bugs in your clothes, bags, and furniture. They are often spotted on mattresses where they have more accessibility to bite people or even pets at night.

Bed bugs tend to reproduce very quickly, and their flat bodies allow them to hide in very tiny spaces. This makes them hard to spot, and usually by the time you see them, they are everywhere.

What is the source of a bed bug infestation?

Bed bugs can enter your home hidden in luggage, clothing, used mattresses, and used furniture. An adult bed bug can live without feeding for up to a year, so make sure to inspect used furniture you bring into your home.

Can bed bugs transmit diseases?

There is no proven study that suggests that bed bugs can transmit disease. Their presence does lead to itching and loss of sleep. Some people might even have a serious allergic reaction to their bite.

Do you have a bed bug problem?

Alford Wildlife and Pest Management is one of the best local pest control companies offering affordable and professional solutions to bed bug infestation. We have certified experts in Southwest and Central Florida. Contact us today and get a free quote on our services!

We have 2 offices in South Florida:

  • Fort Myers – serving all of Southwest Florida, including Naples, Bonita, Estero, Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte
  • St. Pete – serving the greater Tampa Bay area, including Bradenton, St. Pete, Tampa, Wesley Chapel, and more.

Give us a call today to schedule your free inspection! For our Fort Myers office, you can call (239) 245-7482 and for our St. Pete office, you can call (727) 291-9801.

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