It seems like the bed bug is one of those creatures that you only hear about in movies. Unfortunately these little nasty creatures are real, and have many distinct features. Here’s a profile of your predator.
What does a bed bug look like?
- It has no wings
- It is oval shaped
- It is usually a light brown shade
- It is flat, and thin around the body.
Bed Bugs are actually more brutal than they appear, don’t let their size fool you. These critters live on a diet of blood, much like the vampire, but not as much blood of course. When you find yourself bitten by this insect you may not even notice, until you see the after damage. You will break out in red welts or a rash. Although in some cases you will not get any noticeable marks.
There are a few different types of bed bugs, but one type is the more prevalent pest to all home owners. This is the Cimex lectularius.
Although there are more uncommon types such as chimney swift bug Cimexopsis nyctalis and the swallow bug (Oeciacus vicarius). Even though they are of the same family, we as humans wouldn’t consider them our bed bugs.
These creatures are night owls, they are readily active during the night period, and then rest during the day. Perfect timing to get you while you’re sleeping.
Adult bed bugs can lay up to twelve eggs a day, and often you will have no clue that they all around you in the smallest places and holes.
Their lifespan is about a year and a half, but this is not a permanent rule for all bed bugs.
How to get rid of them
Unfortunately once you get a major infestation of bed bugs it’s best to seek people with extensive knowledge and the right equipment. Due to the nature of how sneaky these bugs are it’s impossible to carry out a proper inspection yourself, they are too good at hiding. Once a professional pest control company knows exactly how big of an infestation they are dealing with, they can treat it accordingly. It may take the form of chemical treatments or cleaning techniques. Either way, professionals know what they are dealing with. If you’re a Columbia SC resident in need of pest control, contact Cayce Exterminating – one of the best pest control Columbia SC companies to guide you through and have a pest-free home again.