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What Every Parent Needs To Know About Bed Bugs

If you know anything about bed bugs, then you should know that these insects are hitchhikers. They don't live in the woods, they don't crawl around in your yard, and they don't crawl on your exterior walls looking for a way into your home. This means you can't exclude these insects the way you do all of those other invasive pests. A perimeter pest control plan isn't going to keep these tormenting bugs out. These bugs will come into your home like the soldiers in a Trojan horse and, if you have kids, there are several ways this can happen. Here's what you need to know.

Ways Bed Bugs Might Come Into Your Home On Your Kids

  • If you use daycare, it is important to understand that any of the other kids in your child's daycare could be coming from a home that has an infestation. It is important to have a dialog with your daycare provider and make sure they know what bed bugs look like and what signs they leave around.

  • When your kids go to school, they can pick up bed bugs. This can happen in several ways. If the items of clothing or bags from a child who has an infestation at home are left near your kids' items, immature nymphs may transfer from one to the next. It is also possible that a female bed bug may lay eggs in your kids' school items.

  • When your kids have a sleepover or you invite children to come sleep at your house, this is an opportunity for bed bugs to spread. If you know what bed bugs look like, and the signs they leave behind, you can better protect yourself.

Identification

You and your kids should know what bed bugs look like in all stages of development.

  • Bed bug eggs are around 1 mm in length and may be in a batch. Look for them in tight, hidden locations or stuck to fabrics.

  • Newly hatched bed bugs are pale in color and slightly larger than 1 mm.

  • From birth to adult, bed bugs have 6 legs, 2 antennae, and 3 body parts.

  • As bed bugs develop, they become tan and eventually brownish red.

  • Bed bugs that have had a blood meal will look redder. Newly hatched bed bugs will be bright red.

  • Adult bed bugs will be slightly redder.

  • Unfed bed bugs are oval in shape and flat. If they have fed, they will be pill-shaped and bloated.

  • All bed bugs have a transparent skin. This skin is more transparent when they are young.

  • Bed bugs have black feces. Since bed bugs are transparent, these feces can be seen on their inside parts. This is much more noticeable with young, lighter-colored bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Signs

You and your kids should know what signs bed bugs leave around. It could help you to prevent an infestation from taking root in your home.

  • Bed bugs leave their feces everywhere they go. Tiny black droppings may be seen stuck to bedding, beds, furniture, electronics, and even around the holes in outlet covers.

  • Bed bugs shed their skins as they develop. These skins will be stuck to fabrics and littered about in areas of infestation.

  • Bed bugs excrete blood and leave stains. Usually, these stains will be tan or brown when they are finally discovered. This tan color may be mixed with a black coloration.

  • Bed bugs stink. Yes, it stinks when you have them but they also have an odor. These insects communicate with pheromones. Some compare the smell of bed bugs to a moist towel that has been used to wipe sweat off.

  • Bites. Hopefully, this isn't the way you find out you have bed bugs, but bites from these insects will be in a cluster or appear as a trail on the skin. This is because individual bed bugs feed multiple times.  

When Bed Bugs Are Found

While there are some things you can do to arrest a bed bug infestation, they are not reliable when they are not done according to a complete bed bug control protocol. These are clever, resilient, and resourceful insects. It is best to call a pest control company who uses K9 bed bug inspectors to quickly find and isolate bed bugs before they can be a misery for your whole family.

If you're in our Pennsylvania service area, reach out to our bed bug control professionals for immediate service. Our QuailityPro Certified team is a leader in pest control. We'll help you eliminate those bugs.  

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