Facts About Bed Bug Infestations


Facts About Bed Bug Infestations

BED BUGS! We hear about them often in the media or when we say good night (“don’t let the bed bugs bite!”).  But, what do we REALLY know about them? And how do you know if you have an infestation on your hands? Get the information you need from the best bed bug pest control company in Baton Rouge!

Are Bed Bugs Microscopic? 

Many people seem to believe that bed bugs are so small, they are invisible to the naked eye. If this was the case, they might be less of a nuisance. But no, while bed bugs are very tiny, they are, in fact, visible and not at all microscopic. 

In actuality, these pests are about the size of an apple seed and are about the same shape and color as well. And the eggs are even smaller! They are barely a millimeter long, and pale gray in color. They’re hardly distinguishable from a piece of salt if you aren’t looking closely. 

So yes, bed bugs are pretty small, but not as little as many have come to believe.

Can Bed Bugs Make Me Sick?!

Don’t panic! It’s no fun to be bitten by bugs, but bed bug bites are generally harmless! Even if you’re the sort where these nibbles itch for you, they’re not going to cause any kind of long term damage or illness. These critters aren’t known for spreading disease. If any infection does occur, it’s due to outside germs entering the bite.

Why Can’t I Feel Them Biting Me? 

“When the dog bites, when the bee stings…” you can, unfortunately, feel these things pretty well, right? So why is it that you can’t feel when bed bugs are making a meal of you? It’s in the spit! Gross stuff, but bed bug saliva serves as a mild anesthetic. It’s super unlikely to feel a bed bug bite happening. They hide until it’s dark and leaving painless bites—no wonder it’s hard to know if you have an infestation.

Does An Infestation Mean I’m Dirty?

This fact may be true for some bugs, but not when it comes to bed bugs. These tiny critters don’t feast on trash, but rather on blood. While clutter gives them more places to hide, it does nothing to attract them. 

But how do you get bed bugs? Well, the short answer is: bad luck. The long answer, however, is that these pests are hitchhikers. If you suddenly have an infestation, there’s a good chance you came across one through by coming into contact with one that fell off another person. Simply put: you’re there, and the bug is hungry.

Invest in Bed Bug Pest Control in Baton Rouge

Bed bugs are resilient little creatures who have adapted to most insecticides. They can also survive for a long time without food. To really stomp out these creatures, get the help you need from a professional bed bug pest control company in Baton Rouge! Contact Arceneaux Pest Management to get started with your bed bug pest control. 

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