One of the most popular calls that the professional exterminators we get are about bed bugs. For homeowners, whether you discover a single bed bug in your Omaha home or you uncover a full-blown infestation in your mattress, it’s important that you take action quickly. Without professional help, bed bugs can become a huge problem, making them more difficult to eradicate from your Omaha home.
Bed bugs are quite resilient and are great hitchhikers, finding their way into homes with ease on furniture, bedding, boxes, clothing, and bedding. And, while just the thought of bed bugs is enough to make most people squeamish, many people don’t actually know much about these little pests. Below, our bed bug removal exterminators at Genie Pest Control have outlined some little-known facts about bed bugs so you can become more knowledgeable about these tiny bugs.
Let’s take a look at four unusual facts about bed bugs that you probably were not aware of.
For many people, when they think of bed bugs, they think of shared sleeping areas such as hotels and hostels. However, the truth is that while bed bugs can survive in shared sleeping spaces, they can also thrive in a range of other locations. Hospitals, office buildings, schools, single-family homes, apartment buildings, movie theatres, stores, and virtually anywhere that humans are, bed bugs can live.
Bed bugs can survive for several months without a blood meal meaning they can live in your furniture, bedding, and other places in your Omaha home waiting for a human host. They can survive extreme temperatures of almost 122 degrees making them very difficult to eradicate without professional help. If you suspect you have bed bugs be sure to contact our bed bug removal experts at Genie Pest Control as soon as possible.
Although adult bed bugs can be as small as one-fourth of an inch, they are not deemed to be microscopic and be seen with the naked eye. Bed bugs are easier to spot after they have had a blood meal when their abdomen swells. Bed bug eggs on the other hand are only a millimeter in length and cannot be seen without using magnification. Adult bed bugs are elusive by nature and hide in mattress crevices, box springs, baseboards, and anywhere else they can find during the day making them difficult to locate.
At Genie Pest Control, many of our clients ask us why they don’t wake up when a bed bug bites them when they are asleep. The reason is that bed bugs are somewhat considerate feeders. Their saliva contains an anesthetic, which eases the pain for the host and encourages an increase in blood flow at the site of the bite, allowing for a quick and virtually pain-free experience. While it might be good news that their bite will not hurt you, the bad news is that after feeding bed bugs will hide for five to ten days where they ingest their meal, mate, and produce eggs, making your bed bug problem a bigger issue.
Bed bugs need to be dealt with as quickly as possible before they become a bigger issue. While bed bugs can be difficult to deal with on your own, with the help of our expert bed bug removal team at Genie Pest Control, you can be sure that your home will be bed-bug-free. Get in touch with our team at Genie Pest Control today by calling 402-346-7810 for Omaha or 712-325-0808 for Council Bluffs. We’d love to assist you in making your Omaha home to be a bed-bug-free zone!