"Good night, don't let the bedbugs bite."
Sometimes even silly old sayings carry a lot of wisdom. These tiny, oval-shaped pests can become a real pain-in-the-butt if they aren't dealt with. Though they don't transmit diseases when they feed on people, they can leave you with a series of itchy welts and reddish spots all over your body. Believe it or not, they are even MORE annoying to try to get rid of for many reasons.
These tiny bed bugs could cause massive problems if left ignored about the size of an apple seed. They feed on the blood of animals and humans while they sleep. When they're done, they leave you with red, itchy welts all over your body. While this isn't dangerous in and of itself, it has a cumulative effect. That skin irritation can seriously mess up a person's sleep schedule, leaving them tired and stressed as a result. If you have a bed bug allergy, it can pose a serious health problem, as a couple of bites will leave you swollen with blisters and hives.
No one likes bed bugs. No one likes the red and itchy welts that they leave on your skin after they feed on your blood. No one likes the stress or the sleepless nights that they cause.
They're gross, they're irritating, and most of all, they don't seem to get away. They breed by the hundreds; kill twenty, and 2000 will appear in their place for starters. They're also deceptively clever, choosing to hide in narrow, hard-to-reach places, out-of-sight and out-of-mind. Lastly, they're also incredibly hardy for a bunch of tiny pests. Common pesticides only have moderate success on them.
Bed bugs can be a nightmare to deal with. These tiny, oval-shaped bloodsuckers will leave irritating, swollen red welts strewn all over your skin. Dealing with them is never a fun process: they're hard to detect, multiply at a fast rate and can hide in tiny, easy-to-miss spots in your home. It isn't the best idea to just leave them alone, either. Bed bugs can seriously ruin your sleep with the irritation they cause on your skin, which can lead to unnecessary stress and further health complications down the line. If you have an allergy, the damage could be even worse as a couple of bites will leave you bursting with hives.
Signs of bed bugs can be hard to detect at first, and even more complicated to treat once you do find them. They are disgusting insects and having them in your home can be extremely unpleasant. Knowing the signs of bed bugs can help stop an infestation from getting out of hand, or even occurring in the first place. One reason it may be difficult to know whether or not you have bed bugs is that their bites can easily be confused with other biting insects like mosquitoes or fleas.
Bed Bug Characteristics
Bed bugs are insects that have 3 main body parts, six legs, and 2 antennae. They are typically light brown or reddish-brown in color and grow up to about 7 mm long. Many people compare the size and shape of a bedbug to an apple seed. Since bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, their shape changes based on how recently they have eaten. Unfed bed bugs are flat and oval-shaped, while a full bed bug looks swollen and more balloon-shaped. Bed bugs do not have wings and will not jump or fly. They may also appear to have stripes because of the microscopic hairs that grow along their segmented abdomens. Bed bugs are most often found within a few feet of a sleeping area.