What Are Bed Bugs?

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What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small, brown, wingless insects that feed on human blood.

They are about the size of an apple seed and like to stay hidden during the day as close to their food source (sleeping humans) as possible without being detected.

For this reason, bed bugs are mostly found in the seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames (especially joints at the corners) and any other other items that have crevices or fabric folds near the bed.

Think laundry baskets full of clothes, dog beds, carpeted cat houses, artwork on the walls or clutter of any kind.

You will not feel them when they are feeding because you are asleep, and they insert an anesthetic before drinking in your blood using an elongated beak.

Bed bugs tend to cluster with one another until it becomes too crowded for them at which point they will migrate further and further away from their food source in search of another.

If the population becomes too crowded, they will migrate through holes in the wall created by electrical, plumbing and air vents into other parts of the building. Not unlike humans moving out to the suburbs when it gets too crowded in the center of town.

During the course of an average 10 minute feeding a bed bug will at first appear brown and fairly skinny. As it continues to feed it will literally inflate with blood, like a balloon, to the point when it will eventually appear to have almost tripled its initial diameter and be bright red or black and flat. See time-lapsed video from Michael F. Potter, Entomologist, University of Kentucky.

To learn more about about bed bugs or to discuss how best to safely get rid of them please call 970-221-1036. We will do our best to guide you in making the right decision for your specific situation. 

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