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Bed Bug Identification

Bed bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped insects that are about as small as an apple seed. Their bodies become redder and more engorged after they find a blood meal. Their eggs are white, oblong, and tiny, at only 1 mm long.

Bed bugs can be found all around an infested home, including mattresses, couches, baseboards, power outlets, picture frames, holes and cracks in the wall, and many more small spaces!

Some signs that you might have an active bed bug infestation in your home could be finding small red or brown spots on your bedding or upholstery or suffering from itchy, red bumps on your skin.

Bed bugs will travel around by just about any means that they can! Their most common method of transportation is hitching a ride on used furniture. However, they can also latch onto purses, suitcases, clothing, and more.

Carpet beetles and bed bugs can be best told apart by how their larvae look. Carpet beetle larvae look fuzzier and burlier than bed bug larvae. Bed bug larvae look a bit like tiny worms.

Bed bugs feed on blood by biting their hosts. They usually bite at night when their chosen host is asleep. Bed bug bites aren’t painful, but they lead to itchy, red bumps on your exposed skin the next day.

Bed bug bites are easily mistaken for other kinds of bug bites. A bed bug bite usually has a bright red center with a swollen ring around the bite mark. In some cases, rashes and welts can form.

Bed bugs dish out some of the itchiest bites in Bristol TN. As is the case with most insect bites, you should try to resist the temptation to itch them. It will only worsen your symptoms and lengthen your healing process.

Bed bugs may be a major inconvenience, but they won’t put you in any real danger. They do not pass on diseases through their bites and don’t typically cause any structural damage in your home.

Bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases to humans, unlike many other kinds of biting insects. However, they are able to carry several kinds of disease organisms on their bodies as they travel.