Bed bugs are small, flat insects that live in the blood of warm-blooded animals. They are brown in color but can be reddish after a meal and their size is approximately 1/4” long and they don’t like sunlight. Unlike their cousins in the bat family, they cannot fly and must crawl to feed. Bed bugs are becoming an increasing problem in CHARLOTTE County, seen mostly around large apartment complexes, but also being reported in single-family homes.
Bed Bug Behavior
Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and CO2, hiding near their food source during the day. They are most active at night when they feed on sleeping humans. Their bodies are flat which allows them to easily hide in mattress seams or cracks of furniture or walls. Bed bug bites can be seen on exposed skin surfaces such as the face, neck, arms, and hands.
Itchy, red bite marks usually appear 1 to 2 days after a bed bug feeds on a human host. Bites can appear alone or in a row of 2 – 10 bites. The area around the bite may be reddish and itchy. You may also see small blood spots on your sheets or pillowcases from their droppings.
Prevention of Bed Bug
Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants while you’re sleeping can help prevent bed bug bites. It is also advisable to place the legs of your bed frame in containers filled with a couple of inches of water and a small amount of chlorine bleach. This can prevent them from crawling up into your bed.
The most effective way to get rid of bed bugs is thorough vacuuming and steaming. The community has been alerted to this growing problem and there are currently no known cases in CHARLOTTE County. If you think you have been exposed or see any signs of bed bugs, contact your doctor immediately.
They are often found in the seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, dresser tables, inside cracks or crevices, behind wallpaper, or any other clutter or objects around a bed. If the infestation is bad they can be found throughout the home including in couches and other furniture, floors and carpets, and in picture frames.
Reddish to brownish staining on mattresses could be a sign of bed bugs, as is small blood spots on sheets, pillowcases, or walls from crushed bugs.
Adult bedbugs are about 3/16” long and reddish-brown, with oval-shaped, flattened bodies. Their flat shape enables them to readily hide in cracks and crevices. They have small eyes and an oval shape, much like an apple seed.
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