Bed Bugs have become a major problem. Traveling, hotels, relocation, moving vehicles and used furniture are just some of the ways the bugs are spreading.
The adult bed bug is about 3/16 inch long and ovate. They are mahogany or rust-red in color. They are very flat and thin when unfed. After a meal, from the blood of humans and some pets, they become more red, engorged and elongated.
The bed bug can harbor up to a year without feeding, hiding in cracks and crevices during the day, coming out for meals at night. Everyone reacts differently to their bites, some people have no reaction at all. Bed bugs are difficult but manageable.
There are a lot of things that have to be done to get an infestation of bed bugs under control. Removing “clutter” is one of the most effective actions a homeowner can take, as it removes some harborage areas making bed bug mitigation more effective.
Laundering bedding and clothing in high heat for 20 minutes, extensive vacuuming, sanitizing are all effective recommended actions.