Whether you’re talking about the Twilight series or shows like the Walking Dead, bloodsuckers are in right now. Where bloodsuckers might not be as welcome, though, is on your mattress. That’s because bed bugs pose problems for millions of Americans, yet they’re only the size of an apple seed.
What are Bed Bugs?
The scary thing about bed bugs is that they oftentimes feed on hosts – i.e., potentially you and me – without being detected right away. In fact, bed bugs are one of the few parasitic insects out there today that exclusively feed on blood.
The reason that bed bugs prefer calling mattresses home is that bed bugs like warm environments with plenty of shade. Bud bugs are for the most part nocturnal insects that do their dirty work late at night. This is why detecting bed bugs (and proper mattress disposal) are so important.
Detecting bed bugs, though, might be harder than it first seems. Bed bugs are tiny, brown insects that have relatively flat bodies.
This next detail might be more at home in a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! but when bed bugs feed on their hosts their bodies swell from brown and flat to red and round. And you wonder why homeowners and hotel goers worry about bed bugs!
Bed bugs have rightfully earned the name “pests,” although they’re not communicators of any diseases. Another common misconception about bed bugs is that they’re only found in hovels and dirtier homes; bed bugs, in fact, can be found in very clean hotels and spotless homes alike because these pests feed on blood and aren’t too picky about your home’s upkeep or feng shui.
How Bed Bugs Survive
How do bed bugs get into your home and how do they survive once there? Bed bugs often come into homes through clothing, luggage or furniture. I guess this all gives new meaning to the term riding on your coattails.
Bed bugs can sneak into your home like spies and lie low once they’re in. This is because bed bugs can skitter from one place to another and remain undetected since their flat bodies can wiggle through very tiny crevices. Bed bugs could, indeed, be hiding in your bed frame or box springs in huge numbers.
As bed bugs normally only go on the move during the night, detecting them can be a challenge. That said, you’ll definitely want to consider safe, professional mattress disposal if bed bugs have ensconced themselves in your mattress. Remember that bed bugs like warm, dark places and often bide their time before wreaking havoc.
Bed Bugs and Vampires?
In many ways bed bugs are similar to the vampires that we watch on the silver screen. Both bed bugs and vampires are bloodsuckers, nocturnal and leave a visible mark on the skin. The only difference might be that once bitten by a bed bug, you won’t (we hope) actually turn into one.
Bed bugs, though, will bite you while you’re sleeping. Through a long beak, bed bugs do their dirty work before moving on to a new host. In the meantime, you might notice a welt on your skin that could get more inflamed a few days in. These pests often bite areas exposed while sleeping, which makes your ankles and arms especially vulnerable to bites.
The only surefire way of getting rid of bed bugs is professional mattress disposal. Contact Junk King to have friendly junk removal professionals come to your home and remove your infected mattress. Quotes are free and booking online today can save you thirty dollars.