Our Most Common Questions About Bed Bugs
At Croach®, we get a lot of questions about Bed Bugs, so we thought we'd give you our most frequently asked right here in our growing list of bed bug faqs.
Do I live in a city with Bed Bugs?
Yes, you do. Bed Bugs are found in nearly every region of the globe, including all our beautiful 50 states. Croach® provides bed bug treatment for homeowners living near Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and Denver.
Where are Bed Bugs found most often?
According to the National Pest Management Association, hotels and nursing homes top the list. Other common problem areas include schools, daycares, college dorms, office buildings, hospitals, and public transportation.
What do Bed Bugs eat?
You, they feed on you, sorry. Bed Bugs sustain on the blood of humans. They only come out at night and are attracted to your body heat and the CO2 you exhale.
They, and this is gross, probe the skin with their mouthparts to find an area where the blood will flow quickly into their bodies as they feed for up to 10 minutes!
How do I check for Bed Bugs?
Identifying Bed Bugs can be tricky. To the untrained eye, they are often confused with the Carpet Beetle. They are about the size of an apple seed, long, brown, and, if they’ve not recently fed, flat. Those who have recently fed will be plump–balloon like. (Oh yeah, that’s cringe-worthy).
The EPA has a handy visual to help identify the various stages of a bedbug's life cycle. The best way to know if you have bed bugs is to look for the physical signs because, as with rodents, you won’t often see the actual bug, but you will see the signs they leave behind.
They leave small red to reddish brown fecal spots, and you may also find their molted skins, sticky eggs, or eggshells.
How do I prevent Bed Bugs in my home?
We have a quick guide to help identify and prevent bringing uninvited hitch-hikers home with you after traveling on your next vacation.
How do I get rid of Bed Bugs?
If you believe you have bed bugs, you’ll want to call for professional pest control right away.
A bed bug population can double every 16 days, so an infestation does not take long to occur from just one female hitching a ride on your suitcase. For more, check out this in-depth look at Bed Bug Biology and Behavior.
Have more questions? Ask us!