You’ve probably heard people tell frightful stories about bed bugs. For many, these tiny terrors are the stuff of nightmares because they have been known to sneak their way into homes where they feed off of any occupant in the night. Bed bugs often cause panic when found in homes and other dwellings. They can lead to many sleepless nights in your home, especially because eliminating these pests can be difficult. So you don’t lose sleep about bed bugs, read on to learn more about them.

 

Bed bugs are small to medium in size (4-12 mm), tiny parasites that bite to feed on blood from humans. While some bed bugs will feed on other warm-blood animals, they generally prefer human hosts. Bed bugs become active at night, their peak feeding time beginning after midnight. Bed bugs only feed about once every one to two weeks, usually while the host is sleeping, for approximately five to ten minutes at a time; they bite areas of the body that are exposed while the host is sleeping or inactive (e.g., face, neck, arms, etc.). People often don’t feel the bite when it occurs. When people experience the bites of bed bugs, they typically have symptoms including itchiness or irritation, and possibly small sores that can resemble other insect bites, such as mosquito bites. Symptoms can also vary from person to person. Luckily, people can reduce their chances of getting bitten by bed bugs and infestations can be treated.

 

Bed bug infestations have been found in many different places. This is because the pests are transferred fairly easily by their hosts; they await their chance to relocate, hiding in clothing or other soft furnishings. Once they are carried to a new location, they will emerge during the evening hours. As nocturnal pests, bed bugs especially prefer dark spaces. They are most often found in bedrooms amidst the bedding and bedclothes where they can hide in folds, cracks, and crevices until the nighttime when they become active. While they are most often found on bed frames and mattresses, as well as linens and pillows, they are sometimes also found on curtains/drapes, furniture, and even carpets.

If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation in your Texas home, the best action to take is to contact a bed bug specialist like Absolute Pest Management for an inspection and pest identification. Absolute Pest Management is your best choice for effective professional pest control in Austin and the central Texas area, with the training required to identify pests like bed bugs. Absolute Pest Management, a family-owned company, is dedicated to helping homeowners and business owners protect their property from pests using the most up-to-date treatment methods to achieve the best pest management results for their clients. For any issues regarding pest control, pest extermination, or pest management, Absolute Pest Management is the skilled team of experts to call. The team of knowledgeable pest control professionals is available any time online; contact Absolute Pest Management via their official website or by phone at 512-444-0262 to learn more about the pest control services they have to offer.