Bed Bugs & Dust Mites
What are bed bugs? Bed bugs have been found to look like small, oval brown insects that are found in beds. These bugs have flat bodies the size of an apple seeds. After feedings their bodies swell and turn reddish. Where do they live? They live in floors, walls, ceilings, and beds. The female bedbugs lay hundreds of eggs the size of a dot of dust. Bedbugs travel to your bed when traveling and bringing in undetected luggage, clothing, used beds and couches. Their typical hide place is a mattress, box spring, bed frame, and headboards. If not removed and rectified in a timely manner, the bed bugs can travel throughout the bedroom, making it easy access in dirty rooms. Why are bed bugs bad? Bedbugs are active mainly at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak. The bugs feed from three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed. Most bedbug bites are painless at first, but later turn into itchy welts. Unlike flea bites that are mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the center like flea bites do. People who don't realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes. To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
What are dust mites? House dust mites, due to their very small size and translucent bodies, are barely visible to the unaided eye. The body of the house dust mite has a striated cuticle. House dust mites have eight legs. Where do they live? Large numbers of dust mites can gather in mattresses, bedding, and upholstered furniture. Why are dust mites bad? For creatures you can't even see, dust mites can stir up a lot of trouble. About 20 million Americans are allergic to these little bugs. You may feel as if you have an endless cold or even asthma.
What should you do to prevent bed bugs and dust mites?
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