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Bed Bugs Facts for Las Vegas Valley Locals

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Bed Bug

Do you have a bed bug problem in your home? Headlines throughout America over the past 10 years have declared a nationwide bed bug crisis. Simply by walking through an environment with bed bugs, you can track them into your home on your shoes. When working with this issue in Las Vegas, special knowledge from professionals is required. If you need a local bed bug exterminator to perform heat treatments or simply get rid of the pests, call us at (702) 879-4007. To learn more about bed bugs, how they become problematic and possible solutions to get rid of them, stay tuned here on this post.

Identifying Bed Bugs Traits & Characteristics

Known by their Latin name Cimex lectularius L., bed bugs have a flat appearance with an oval body that is reddish-brown in color. Other names for bed bugs include: chinches, red coats and mahogany flats. Measuring about a twentieth of an inch in size, they are often swollen after feeding on blood. Adult bed bugs don’t have wings at all, which is a common misconception that they do. While they like to feed often, they can live up to a year without eating if the temperatures are cool and can live in temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer to eat at night, and this is usually when their human hosts are asleep. Commonly in Las Vegas, they are found in bedroom-related furniture; and due to their flat shape, they are able to effortlessly access cracks throughout a bedroom. They tend to spread throughout the house because the egg sacs are sticky and easily adhere to shoes and luggage.

Reproduction & Birthing Facts

Bed bug reproduction happens quickly and is very efficient to continuing this species. Nevertheless, unlike some bugs, this insect also has two other key reproductive charms. Mainly, the eggs are very sticky and are difficult to remove. This means that you can have a bed bug reproduction problem on your hands without having a single sexually-mature adult female to start the infestation. In one lifetime, a female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs, and typically lays up to five eggs a day. The eggs can lay dormant without hatching for up to 300 days.

Other Information

Most people are aware that they have bed bugs because of dark red or black feces stains on mattresses. They may also have bites from the bugs feeding on them. Juvenile bugs may also leave behind molted skins that they shed. One final indicator that you have a bed bug infestation is the sickly-sweet unpleasant smell that they have. They may also be attracted to an area of your home where there are birds or bats; such as attics. However, most property owners find that they bring a bed bug infestation into their home after traveling.

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Bed Bug Frequently Asked Questions

Where do bed bugs hide?

Bed bugs like to hide in spaces behind headboards, in the seam of beds and box springs, bed frames, pictures hanging on walls, in the cracks in the ceiling, in carpet, drapes, etc. They can travel 100 feet in just one night, that means bed bugs can be hiding in multiple places throughout your home.

Why are bed bugs so hard to treat?

Bed bugs should not be equated with filth or sanitation problems — in hotels or in homes, for that matter. Bedbugs are very elusive, transient pests. They are often found in other areas besides the bed. And they are hardy. They can live for a year or more without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Bedbugs can be controlled with vigilance, constant inspection and treatment by professional pest control companies.

Are there things you can do to protect yourself from bed bug infestations?

To prevent bed bug infestations, vigilance is needed in assessing your surroundings. During travel place all luggage on a luggage rack. Do not unpack and place clothes in drawers if you can.  Pull the sheets back on the bed and do a quick but diligent inspection. Check the frame and headboard as well. If you suspect something inform hotel management and request a different room far away from the suspected infested room and repeat process. When returning home from a travel, check your luggage and clothing. Keep luggage in garage or outside away from others and other possible high foot-traffic areas.  When purchasing anything second-hand either avoid this practice all together or inspect furniture, bedding, clothing, etc. before bringing into the home. As always if you suspect a possible bed bug infestation on any level, contact a reputable pest control company.
*Bed bugs are not a pest that can be controlled with do-it-yourself measures.*

Why are bed bugs an issue for hotels, visitors, and homeowners?

Bed bugs leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin. Adult bedbugs can live for a year without eating, making them especially hard to control. Once inside a hotel or home, bed bugs spread rapidly from room to room – through pipes, in vacuum cleaners, on clothing and luggage. In a hotel, bed bugs can even spread to neighboring rooms, since guests are may end up moving to another room.

How can you control bed bugs?

Any effective bed bug control strategy should start with a careful, thorough inspection by a pest control professional of all known and suspected spots where the bugs may be harboring. This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures. As they are discovered, the pest control professional will develop a treatment and control strategy with the customer depending on the extent of the infestation.

Can I get sick from bed bugs?

Bed bugs are not known to be a vector of diseases to humans. However, their bites can leave behind itchy, red welts which can become infected from scratching.