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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been an increasing problem over the years, so there is no doubt you have heard of them. They are a serious concern for most homeowners, so knowing what to look for and what to do if you have bed bugs is very important. Read on to find out more about bed bugs, how to prevent them and what you can do if you have them.
Looks
Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects about the size of an apple seed. They feed on your blood, so if you see one that is a bit swollen and even more red it means it has a full belly. Adult bed bugs are large enough for you to clearly see.
Behavior
Bed bugs love to suck blood. In fact, it’s all they eat. However, these resilient little bugs may be able to survive nuclear fallout because in the right conditions they’ve been known to go a year without a meal and still be kicking. They are also most active at night when their host is asleep and they can feed on the blood of the host.
You can find them in the cracks and crevices of a mattress as well as in sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Hotels are havens for bed bugs. They can travel in luggage, purses or briefcases and set up shop easily from room to room.
Signs of infestation
If you see a bed bug, then you have bed bugs. Don’t forget, the adults are about the size and shape of an apple seed. You may also notice what is called “case skins”. As bed bugs grow they shed their skins and leave them behind. If you find these, it most certainly means bed bugs have been in your home.
After a bed bug feeds, they return to their hiding places and defecate. On porous surfaces you may notice brown stains, and on non-porous surfaces you may notice black to brown mounds of waste.
If you have bed bug activity, you will probably notice bites. The hands, neck, face, shoulders, legs and arms are most likely to be bitten. The bites may be grouped together in a small area or may be in a line or zigzag pattern. Bites normally look like small, flat or raised areas that become red, itchy, inflamed or blistered. Bites can take a few days to cause symptoms, and no two people react to bites the same way.
How Do You Get Them?
Bed bugs are everywhere, and you can pick them up in offices, stores, hotels and gyms – just to name a few places. They’re like little Houdini’s and are great at concealing themselves and hitching an unsuspected ride with you. Once they are inside your home they can be very difficult to get rid of without professional help, but you can reduce the chances of a pricey infestation by catching it early.
If you follow a few tips it can make it easier to catch bed bugs early and do something about them. First, remove all the clutter from your home so you have an easier time finding them. Also make sure to wash and dry your linens on the hottest setting you can. If you buy second hand furniture, remember to inspect it very carefully for signs of a bed bug infestation before bringing it into your home. Even guests can bring in these unwanted pests, so make sure to check carefully after trips, service calls or after you’ve moved.
If you notice a bed bug infestation, don’t waste any time calling the pros at Green Army. They’re come in and make those bed bugs a distant memory!

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