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Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?


Bed Bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Adult bed bugs are oval, wingless and rusty red colored, have flat bodies, antennae and small eyes. They are visible to the naked eye, but often hide in cracks and crevices. When they feed, their bodies swell and become a brighter red. In homes, bed bugs feed primarily on the blood of humans, usually at night when people are sleeping.

Q: What does a bed bug look like?
A: Typically, the bite is painless and rarely awakens a sleeping person. However, it can produce large, itchy welts on the skin. Welts from bed bug bites do not have a red spot in the center - those welts are more characteristic of flea bites.

Q: Are bed bugs dangerous?
A: Although bed bugs may be a nuisance to people, they are not known to spread disease. They are known to cause allergic reactions from their
saliva in sensitive people.

Q: How long do bed bugs live?
A: They typical life span of a bed bug is about 10 months. They can survive for weeks to months without feeding.

Q: How often or rapidly to bed bugs multiply?
A: Bed bugs multiply quickly. Maturation from egg to adult takes about two months in warm conditions; each female may lay 200-500 eggs in her lifetime.

Q: How does a home become infested with bed bugs?
A: In most cases, bed bugs are transported from infested areas to non-infested areas when they cling onto someone's clothing, or crawl into luggage,furniture or bedding that is then brought into homes.

Q: How can I find out if bed bugs are hiding in my home?
A: Use a bright flashlight to examine bedroom furniture for bed bugs or their dark droppings. You should check behind the headboard, in the seams of the mattress, around & inside the box spring, along the crevices of bedroom baseboards, inside nightstands and behind or within other items or cracks in the bedroom.

Q: How do I rid my home of bed bugs?
A: The Ga. Dept. of Agriculture and the Ga. Dept. of Pest Control Commission
recommends that homeowners hire a licensed pest control professional to
exterminate the bed bugs. A careful inspection must be undertaken and all
possible hiding places within infested and adjoining rooms examined. Once
all likely sources have been identified, Astro Exterminating will treat the
infested area and furnishing to eliminate the bed bugs.