Identifying Bed Bugs

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, wingless insects, under a 1/4 in length, and with six legs. They can typically be found hiding in cracks and crevices in areas that are within 8 feet of where humans sleep. And although they are very small they can be found if you know what to look for. Young bed bugs are a light-yellow translucent color, while the more mature bugs are reddish-brown and tend to become even darker after they feed! A good time to look for bed bugs is during their feeding hours. which is usually in the early morning hours between 2am and 5am.

Large image of bed Bug

One thing to look for, especially around your pillow, is a black residue that they leave behind. This black substance is actually the bed bug's feces. They can resemble dots from a black marker, and will show up much better on lighter colored bedding.

bedbug fecal matter on pillow

Another tell-tale sign of their presence is the red bumps they leave on your skin when they bite you. The marks are very similar to mesquito bites with the difference being the bite pattern. Bed bugs tend to leave a linear pattern, usually 3 bites in a row (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The bites are also itchier and last quite a bit longer than a mesquito bite normally would - up to 9 days. Although bed bugs are not considered a medical or public health hazard, they can be very annoying due to the itchness of their bites, and severe allergic reactions could require medical attention.

bedbug bite marks on skin

What To Do About Them

Now that you are quite certain that it is indeed bed bugs that you are dealing with, the next step is to call in a professional to help you get rid of the pesky creatures, and that's where Unitech Pest and Termite Control Company in St. Louis comes in. Our team of qualified professionals are thorough and efficient.

One of the great things about our system is that we have electric and propane operated units so there are not a bunch of ducts running all over the place. Also WE DO NOT LOGO OUR EQUIPMENT and we try to stay as incognito as possible. For hotels the affected rooms are only out of commission for about 24 hours.

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