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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are a species of insect that live worldwide and are a common presence in homes in southern Nevada. Bed bugs are oval-shaped and appear flattened from top to bottom. They have chestnut brown colored bodies that measure to about 1/4 of an inch in length. Using their elongated, piercing mouthparts, bed bugs feed on their sleeping hosts. They do not have wings and do not jump; instead, they move from location to location by hitchhiking on people or their belongings.

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Bed bugs' only source of food is blood from warm-blooded mammals. Unfortunately for us, their favorite and primary source of food is human blood. Bed bugs are nocturnal and hide in tight cracks and crevices during the day. At night, they emerge to search for a blood meal. Bed bugs find their way to their sleeping victims through our body heat and the carbon dioxide we produce as we breathe.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not usually considered to be dangerous pests. Bed bugs do bite us and feed on our blood, however, which means they are not welcome in our homes. People who are allergic to their saliva will develop itchy allergic reactions at the bite site. If the response is severe or if the bite becomes infected, you should seek medical attention. The presence of bed bugs inside your home can also lead to disrupted sleep and cause stress. Bed bugs should not live inside of Las Vegas homes for any period, and you should seek professional assistance as soon as you discover an infestation.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs can become a problem inside any home. Their presence is never determined by whether or not a home is meticulously clean; bed bugs only care that there are people around on which they can feed. Bed bugs move around by hitchhiking. They crawl onto bags, clothing, or other belongings, and they move without fanfare into their new home. They breed quickly, and just a few bed bugs finding their way into your building can be the beginning of a large-scale infestation.

Where will I find bed bugs?

Bed bugs live in homes and in public locations where large groups of people are continually coming and going. Libraries, movie theaters, museums, schools, hotels, hospitals, shopping centers, cruise ships, and airports are all examples of places where people come into contact with bed bugs.

After being introduced inside your home, bed bugs will initially take up residence in sleeping areas. They are usually found living within about 8 feet of their food source. They hide out in the seams of box springs and mattresses, in the cracks of headboards and wooden furniture, and behind pictures and other wall hangings. Bed bugs aren't only found in bedrooms, however. As an infestation grows, bed bugs will travel through walls and under floors, invading multiple areas of your home.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Get rid of your current bed bug infestation and prevent future bed bug problems with the help of the local pest control experts at Ace Pest Control. Since 1978, we have provided the effective pest control services necessary to keep bed bugs and other household pests out of Las Vegas and Henderson properties. Our highly trained technicians, modern techniques, and advanced products will solve your pest problems once and for all. To protect your property from our area's toughest pests, contact Ace Pest Control!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

In addition to our professional bed bug control services, the following prevention tips can help to stop bed bugs from invading your home or business:

  • After purchasing new or used clothing, immediately wash and dry the items on the highest heat setting the fabrics can handle.

  • When traveling, always inspect your hotel room for bed bugs before bringing luggage and other belongings into it.

  • Always keep bags, coats, and other personal belongings up off the ground of public places.

  • Never purchase used furniture, mattresses, or bedding for use in your home.

  • Vacuum out and wipe down any suitcases before putting them away.

  • When at work or school, keep your belongings away from other people's belongings.

  • After returning home from a trip, immediately wash and dry all clothing taken on the highest heat setting possible.

  • Minimize bed bug hiding places in your home by reducing clutter and placing bed bug proof covers on mattresses and box springs.

 

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