Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of mammals, with human blood being their favorite food source. They feed using their proboscis - an elongated, specialized mouthpart that pierces their victim’s skin and sucks out their blood. Bed bugs are sometimes identified by a characteristic sweet, musty odor that is frequently found in homes that are infested. They typically hide out during the day in tight cracks and crevices, only emerging at night to feed.

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Before feeding, adult bed bugs are oval in shape, reddish-brown in color, and are flattened from top to bottom. Their flattened shape allows them to hide safely in the tiniest of cracks and crevices. After feeding, bed bugs' bodies swell, elongate, and turn a deep reddish-purple color. Nymphs, or young bed bugs, look similar to adults, except they are smaller in size. Before feeding, nymphs are yellowish-white in color, and after feeding they turn bright red.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not dangerous pests. Bed Bugs are not known to transmit a wide range of diseases to people. Despite not being dangerous, the fact of the matter is that bed bugs bite people in order to feed on their blood. The initial bite is usually not noticed, but later people who are allergic to a protein in their saliva develop raised, red, itchy welts. Discomfort from the bites may last a week or longer, and the scratching can create a secondary infection that requires medical attention. In addition to their physical dangers, bed bugs create an uncomfortable environment for people to live. A bed bug infestation causes sleepless nights and stressful days.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs live and breed in close proximity to their favorite food source - people. Bed bugs are found inhabiting almost any place people live or visit. To move to a new location, bed bugs hitchhike, crawling onto clothing, purses, bags, luggage, and other personal belongings. Bed bugs are also commonly introduced into homes through used furniture, mattresses, and box springs. One female produces about 345 eggs during her lifespan. This means that just a few bed bugs can quickly become hundreds of bed bugs.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs can live successfully in almost any home or building. Houses, apartment buildings, hotels, motels, office buildings, nursing homes, schools, daycares, dormitories, hospitals, shopping centers, airports, and taxis can all become homes to bed bugs. When only a few bed bugs are present, they live close to, or in sleeping areas. However, in the case of large infestations, they will travel throughout the home, infesting multiple rooms. Typical bed bug hiding spots include in the cracks of wooden furniture, walls, floors, upholstered furniture, closets, electronics, behind switch plates and outlets, behind wooden molding, and under rugs.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

To eliminate bed bugs from your home or business and prevent a re-infestation, partner with an experienced professional. At Holifield Pest Management, our certified and licensed professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the bed bugs living in your home or business, and prevent their return. For all of your residential or commercial pest control needs call the full-service pest control experts at Holifield Pest Management. We serve Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. To learn more about our bed bug control services or to receive a free estimate, reach out to us!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

Listed below are some preventative steps you can take to help keep bed bugs from taking over your Jones County, Mississippi home or commercial property:

  • Do not purchase used mattresses, box springs, and other furniture for use within your home.

  • Never place personal belongings on the floor of a public place.

  • Before bringing luggage and personal items into a hotel or motel room, inspect it for bed bugs and their signs.

  • Regularly wash and dry items that are used on a daily basis such as coats, hats, bags, and book bags.

  • Regularly vacuum the floors, upholstered furniture, and mattresses that are located in your home.

  • Immediately wash and dry newly purchased clothing, linens, and bedding on the highest heat settings the fabric can handle.

 

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