Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Get Bed Bug Control Services Today By Calling 615-216-6575!

These little buggers are the stuff of nightmares. They feed on a human host when they sleep but in large numbers, are even around in daylight times. All nymphal stages need warm-blooded meal in order the molt into the next stage and grow. After the fifth stage, it is an adult. As an adult, it can take many bloodmeals over several weeks. Bed bugs are even known to survive over a year without feeding, entering a dormant stage until a host is detected.

Bed bugs do not build a nest but congregate in groups. In addition to camping out in bedding, bed bugs can also be found behind switchplates or outlet, along the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting, in clothing, in electronics, and even smoke detectors. When returning from a trip, do not place your baggage on your bed to unpack- you never know if you picked up some bed bug hitchhikers.

Call Total Pest Solutions, LLC immediately to schedule bed bug control services. 

How to recognize bed bugs:

Bed bugs are reddish-brown with flat, round bodies. They can grow to be 1/4 inch in length. The cannot fly and sleep during the day. Most humans do not see bed bugs in their homes due to the bugs being nocturnal. However, these pests feed by sucking the blood of people and animals. Definitely unwelcome house guests!

While it will be hard to spot a bed bug in your house, they leave behind signs that they are present, such as:

  • Left-behind bed bug skins or hard shells on your mattress. While finding these sheddings is definitely gross, it's a sign that the bugs are growing. Just like a snake sheds its skin, bed bugs grow out of their shells and leave the discarded casing. The shells will be translucent and clear.
  • Fecal stains Another disgusting gift left behind by the bugs, fecal matter may be on your pillows, sheets, mattress covers. Being that the bugs are so small, they will most likely leave behind their black/brown fecal matter on the hidden layers of your bedding. The stains could be dots or smears. Contact us ASAP if you suspect you have these invaders.
  • Blood stains. Probably the most upsetting evidence of a bed bug infestation is discovering blood stains on your bedding. This happens after a bed bug feeds on you, causes a wound, and the sheets come in contact with your blood.
  • Bed bug bites. If you have red, itchy bumps or welts on your body and have not spent much time outdoors (to rule out other bites from bugs such as mosquitoes), you may have bed bugs.