Bed bugs feed on a host’s blood while the host is asleep. A bed bug’s host can be human or any warm-blooded animal. Recently, the population of bed bugs increased in Tampa, central Florida, and throughout the world, causing some people to worry about whether bed bugs are living between their own sheets.
If you are concerned about bed bugs, it may help to learn what they look like. These wingless insects are about the size of a poppy seed when first hatched, but they grow to be about ¼ of an inch long when they’re adults. Bed bugs are oval-shaped when seen from above, but flattened in height, and they’re typically a light tan to deep brown color. Although bed bugs bite and may cause mild to intense allergic reactions, they aren’t known to carry diseases.
A tell-tale sign your house or apartment may be infested with bed bugs is if you’re being bitten while you sleep. Still, other insects can easily resemble bed bugs, which is why Tri-S Pest Control Services advises you to call a professional pest control company like ours to inspect your home and get rid of the bed bugs.
Bed bugs are usually found in areas where you slumber, which is why they’re often found in hotel rooms. Still, apartments and houses can also be infested. Common areas for bed bugs to reside include:
- Furniture used for sleeping
- Bed frames
- Box springs
- Clutter found around the bedroom
- Curtain pleats
- Loose areas of wallpaper near the bed
- Corners of desks and dressers
At Tri-S Pest Control of Tampa, we have experienced and professional technicians who specialize in treating houses, apartments, and commercial buildings for bed bugs and other pests.