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|Adult bedbugs are reddish-brown, flattened, oval, and wingless, about 1/4-inch in length. Bed bugs are wingless, and from above they are oval in shape, but they are flattened from top to bottom.
|Bed Bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices (especially bed frames and mattresses).
|Blood from both people and animals. Generally bed bugs feed at night while the host animals are asleep. While feeding, they inject a tiny amount of their saliva into the skin, and this may lead to mild to intense allergic responses.
Non-chemical bed bug prevention procedures should be implemented when traveling, because many infestations originate in luggage that is harboring bed bugs and/or their eggs. Another common source of infestaton is used furniture, especially bed frames and mattresses.
When traveling, use the following suggestions to minimize your chance of bringing bed bugs home:
If you home has been infested, it is imperative to seek assistance from a licensed pest control service provider. Treatment options may include both chemical and non-chemical methods (heat treatment), as well as reducing clutter or stored items in the affected areas.