Bed bugs are elusive and usually nocturnal (peak activity usually occurs between 10:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.), which can make their detection difficult. They often lodge in dark crevices, and the tiny adhesive eggs can be nestled by the hundreds in fabric seams.
Aside from bite symptoms, signs include fecal spots (small dark sand-like droppings that occur in patches around and especially beneath nests), blood smears on sheets (fecal spots that are re-wetted will smear like fresh blood), and the presence of their empty moulted exoskeletons.
Adult bed bugs are light brown to reddish-brown, flattened, oval-shaped and have no hind wings. The front wings are vestigial and reduced to pad-like structures. Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adults grow to 4–5 millimetres (0.16–0.20 in) long and 1.5–3 millimetres (0.059–0.118 in) wide.
Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they moult and reach maturity. A bed bug of any age that has just consumed a blood meal will have a bright red translucent abdomen, fading to brown over the next several hours, and to opaque black within two days as the insect digests its meal.
Bed bugs may be mistaken for other insects, such as booklice, small cockroaches, or carpet beetles; however, when warm and active their movements are more ant-like and, like most other true bugs, they emit a characteristic disagreeable odor when crushed.
Although they’re called bed bugs, they don’t just live in beds. Clutter, baseboards, carpeting, sofas, and other furniture are all posh resorts as far as bedbugs are concerned, and at night your body can all too quickly turn into a bed bug all-you-can-eat buffet. If you suspect a bed bug problem in your Topeka, KS home or business, don’t wait to get help: Reach out to Ozark Integrated Pest Services Inc. immediately for bed bug extermination services.
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Using state-of the art equipment and techniques, our professional exterminators will inspect your environment to identify the source of your infestation and determine the best course of action. We’re committed to providing a quick, affordable, and effective solution to your bed bug problem, and we take every measure to protect your safety throughout the process.
If bed bugs have invaded your turf, it’s time to put an end to them before they continue to wreak havoc. Call us today to schedule an appointment for bed bug extermination.
Bed Bug Inspections in Topeka and Lawrence
If there’s one creature that more and more people in Topeka and Lawrence are growing to fear these days, it’s the bed bug. Bed bugs seem to be making a comeback in homes and businesses throughout the country, and unfortunately, once these pests invade your space, getting rid of them is a time-consuming process.
If you have reason to believe that you have bed bugs, the sooner you call in an exterminator to get rid of them, the better off you’ll be. At Ozark Integrated Pest Services Inc., we offer thorough bed bug inspections in Topeka and Lawrence designed to give you answers. Bed bugs aren’t always easy to detect, but we’ve developed our own method of inspecting properties for bed bugs. And if we do come to find bed bugs in your home or business, we’ll be able to recommend solutions for eliminating them quickly and efficiently so that you can move on with your life.
Don’t sit around wondering if you’re dealing with bed bugs when an inspection from Ozark Integrated Pest Services Inc. can give you answers. To schedule a bed bug inspection, call us today.