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Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Adult bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed. They have oval-shaped bodies that are flattened from top to bottom, six legs, are wingless, and are reddish-brown to mahogany in color. Adult bed bugs and their nymphs (young bed bugs) are equipped with piercing, sucking mouthparts that they use for feeding.

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Bed bugs are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, with human blood being their favorite source of food. Bed bugs can find their way into and become a problem in any home or public place where people are. Bed bugs hide during the day in tight cracks and crevices, emerging at night to feed on their sleeping victims. It is important to note that bed bugs don’t exclusively feed at night. They sometimes feed during the day in places such as theaters, offices, libraries, rest rooms, and other places where people don’t sleep.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Under normal conditions, bed bugs are not known to transmit a wide variety of diseases. Most people don’t even react to bed bug bites, but those who are allergic to bed bugs' saliva will develop a raised, red, itchy rash. This rash can become infected and may require medical attention. While bed bugs aren’t a huge medical concern for much of the human population, they do cause a lot of emotional stress. Having a bed bug infestation causes most people to become stressed and anxious. People also experience a loss of sleep when facing the problem of bed bugs in their home.

Why do I have bed bug problems?

Bed bugs live where people live. Like most people, animals, and insects, they like to know where their next meal will come from. Bed bugs inhabit almost any public place, crawling onto a person’s clothing, bags, or other personal belongs and hitchhiking their way into homes. Bed bugs are also commonly taken inside homes through used furniture, mattresses, box springs, or in newly purchased clothing items.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs live successfully inside homes, apartment buildings, hotels, motels, office buildings, nursing homes, schools, daycares, dormitories, hospitals, shopping centers, airports, and almost any other place where people travel to and fro. Once bed bugs find their way inside a home, they first infest sleeping areas (bedrooms). If the infestation is a allowed to continue, they move throughout the home, invading and hiding out in many places.
 
Some favorite hide outs for bed bugs include:

  • Wooden head and foot boards

  • Dressers

  • Walls

  • Floors

  • Upholstered furniture

  • Wooden furniture

  • Cabinets

  • Closets

  • Electronics

  • Behind wooden molding

  • Keyboards

  • Wall voids

  • Behind switch plates and outlets

  • Underneath piles of dirty laundry

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

The best way to control and prevent bed bugs is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control our dedicated technicians provide the year-round services needed to rid your home of invasive, biting bed bugs. Mid America Pest Control is committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to get rid of bed bugs and other household-invading pests, and prevent their return. To learn more about ridding your Pryor, Oklahoma home of bed bugs, reach out to us at Mid America and schedule your free 58-Point Pest Analysis!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

The best way to prevent problems with bed bugs and other household-invading pests is to seek the professional pest control services from Mid America Pest Control.
 
In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent problems with bed bugs:

  • Know how to identify bed bugs and be able to recognize signs of their presence so you can get professional help for an infestation as quickly as possible.

  • Inspect your hotel for signs of bed bugs before bringing luggage and other belongings inside.

  • After returning home from a trip, or after purchasing new clothing, place all clothing in one area and immediately wash and dry it on a high heat setting.

  • When out and about in public places, keep bags, coats, luggage, and purses up off the ground.

  • Regularly vacuum your home’s floors.

  • Change and wash bedding frequently.

  • Avoid purchasing used furniture, mattresses, and box springs for use within your home.

 

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