If you have experienced bed bugs or know someone who has, it isn’t unlikely that you have questions about what they are, where they come from, how they spread, and more.

Today, our rodent and insect pest control professionals will be going over some frequently asked questions about bed bugs so you can rest easy knowing that you are fully informed about what to do if it happens to you. And, if you are already experiencing a bed bug infestation, be sure to contact your local pest control team at High Country Pest Control. We are located in Castle Rock and serve those across the Front Range with all of their pest control needs, and would be more than happy to help you with yours.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed only on the blood of animals and people while they are asleep. They are reddish-brown in color, do not have wings, and range from 1mm to 7mm in size — which is about the size of Abraham Lincoln’s head on a penny. Bed bugs can also live several months without a blood meal, making it crucial for professional insect pest control services.

Where do bed bugs come from?

Bed bugs are found across the globe from North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. While the presence of bed bugs has traditionally been seen as a larger problem in developing countries, it has most recently been spreading rapidly in parts of the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Because bed bugs can be found in virtually any location where humans spend an extended amount of time, it is important to be on the lookout for them when using public transportation, sitting in public spaces, or staying in hotel rooms (even five-star hotels). Be sure to thoroughly check bed sheets for tell-tale blood spots or bed bug sightings (including eggshells). A small flashlight can be handy for DIY inspections when you don’t have access to a professional pest control professional.

Do bed bugs spread disease?

While bed bugs are not known to spread disease, they are often an annoyance to whomever is experiencing them. This is because their presence often causes itching, which, in turn, causes a loss of restful sleep. The itching can also lead to excessive scratching that can lead to a secondary skin infection, making professional bed bug removal a must.

What are the common signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation?

One of the easiest ways that bed bug infestations can be identified is by bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands, legs, or any other body parts that are exposed while sleeping. These bite marks, however, may take as long as 14 days to appear on some people, so it is important to keep an eye out for other signs when determining whether or not bed bugs have infested an area. Other signs include:

  • The presence of bed bugs’ exoskeletons after molting
  • The presence of bed bug in the fold of mattresses and/or sheets
  • There are blood spots due to their blood-filled fecal material that they excrete on the mattress or near furniture
  • An unusual, musty odor

If you have experienced a bed bug infestation or think you may have bed bugs in your home, be sure to give our professional insect pest control team a call at High Country Pest Control in Castle Rock today. We proudly serve the Castle Rock community including the surrounding area and across the Front Range.