If you’re looking for expert advice on how to get rid of bed bugs, you’ve come to the right place. Bed bugs have become a major pest control issue as outbreaks and infestations continue to rise throughout Chicagoland. Understandably, this has many of us concerned! Start learning about bed bugs and find out how Aerex Pest Control can help with your bed bug extermination needs.
Bed Bug History
Studies suggest bed bugs evolved from insects that fed on bats over 250,000 years ago. The bugs were introduced to the human population when humans lived in caves alongside those bats. Archaeologists have discovered fossilized bed bugs dating back further than 3,500 years, and the bugs are also mentioned in writings from ancient Greece and Rome.
What do bed bugs look like?
In the early stages, bed bugs are clear and likely invisible to the naked eye. As they grow and begin to feed, they become rust colored. They range in size from 1–5mm and a full-grown adult can be as large as an apple seed. Their bodies are broad oval and flat and will become swollen and slightly elongated after feeding.
Lifestyle & Habitat
Bed bugs are stealthy. That is why infestations often go unnoticed for weeks or even months. They know to hide during the day (in couches, mattresses, window frames, etc.) and make their way towards humans at night. They can bite more than once and typically return to their hiding places after a feeding. They don’t fly, nor do they have nests like other insects, but they do like to congregate in groups.
Signs of Bed Bugs
A bite is most often the first telltale sign of bed bugs. It may appear as a single bite or in a cluster. Additional signs of bed bugs include physical evidence such as casings, droppings or blood spots.
NOTE: Insect bites do not mean that you do or do not have bed bugs. Always look for additional signs, such as those mentioned above, and contact a professional bed bug exterminator for assistance.
Bed Bug Quick Facts
- Bed bugs evolved from insects that fed on bats over 250,000 years ago.
- It only takes one pregnant female bed bug to cause an infestation.
- Bed bugs aren’t just city dwellers – they can be found in all 50 states.
- Bed bugs can survive in extreme temperatures, from near freezing to 122 degrees.
- Carbon dioxide exhaled by humans during sleep is what attracts bed bugs to come out at night.
- Bed bugs can live up to three months without a blood meal.
- Bed bugs have no wings and cannot fly, jump or hop.
- They can be found anywhere: single family homes, apartments, hotels, schools, cars, trains, retail stores…anywhere.
Aerex Has the Solution
The pest control experts at Aerex understand the importance of timeliness when it comes to bed bug control. To learn how we can help with your bed bug extermination and prevention needs, give us a call at (847) 255-8888, or click below to get a free quick quote. We also recommend heading over to our Resource Center to see what preparations you must do before bed bug extermination can be done in your home.