Commonly Told Myths About Bed Bugs In New Haven

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When was the last time you checked your bed for bugs? For most people, worrying about pests under the covers is not a normal concern. That said, if you felt something crawling on your skin late at night, it would be your first instinct to throw back the blankets. We are here today to help you figure out if the bugs biting you at night are bed bugs. To do this, here are some common myths about these area pests and what you should do about bed bugs in your New Haven home.

Myth: Bed bugs are too small to see.

Truth: Bed bugs are the size of an apple seed and grow upwards of five times their size after filling up on a blood meal.

Myth: Bed bugs only live inside dirty homes

Truth: Bed bugs infest areas near where people sleep and can be found in a variety of locations, including stores, movie theaters, and airports.

Myth: Bed bugs can fly.

Truth: Bed bugs are wingless, cannot jump, and are slow on their feet. To get around, these pests hitch rides on items people carry like clothing, luggage, and backpacks.

What Causes Bed Bugs?

Can bed bugs fly into area homes? No. Will these pests invade by hiding on items you, your family, or your friends are carrying? Absolutely. Bed bugs are picked up in a variety of areas but are most common near areas people sleep like in homes, apartments, hotels, and hospitals. How can you see bed bugs in these areas? If you aren’t thoroughly inspecting luggage, clothing, and other items, the chances of spotting these pests is slim. 

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Although difficult to spot, if you look hard enough near areas bed bugs are hiding, you may find them. What do bed bugs look like? Typically, these pests are ¼ to 3/16” long, reddish-brown, and oval-shaped. Look for these pests in cracks and crevices near sleeping areas, around outlets, and inside tight spaces around your home.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

One common question we are asked about bed bugs is: Are bed bugs dangerous? Unlike other blood-feeding pests in our area, bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit dangerous diseases. The two problems these pests cause most often are insomnia and anemia, and even these issues don’t typically occur with smaller infestations. All of this said, bed bugs reproduce quickly and small infestations often grow to be large before homeowners realize there is a problem. The only way to make sure this doesn’t happen inside your living areas is to keep an eye out for these pests and call a bed bug control specialist if you have any concerns.

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

If your New Haven home is up against a bed bug infestation, there is only one good way to get these pests out and that is with quality bed bug control. For bed bug control you can trust, let the experts at Connecticut Pest Elimination, LLC help you out today. Our bed bug control services, start with a thorough inspection. During this inspection, one of our technicians will identify where bed bugs are hiding inside your home. If live bed bugs or signs of an infestation are found, your technician will then discuss with you our residential and commercial bed bug control techniques and help you decide on a treatment plan for your living areas.

Contact our team today to learn more about our bed bug control techniques or to have any questions about these invasive blood-feeding pests answered.