Welcome to my site about pest control. I'm Miranda Maloney. Although many people fuss loudly about the presence of spiders in the home, these creatures often clear out the bugs that cause far worse problems. Spiders consume beetles, cockroaches, moths and other pests that wreak havoc throughout the house. Thankfully, however, you can hire a pest control professional to eliminate bugs in your home if you do not want to co-habitate with spiders. In fact, pest control professionals can eliminate the spiders as well. I will share information about pest control tactics, both natural and commercial, on this site. Please follow along to learn more.
They hide in your bed and emerge to feed on you while you sleep. They're a big problem in hotels, and if you're not careful, a few may hitch a ride in your suitcase. Beyond this, how much do you actually know about the pesky pests known as bed bugs? Here are five more weird facts about these biting bugs.
1. Bed bugs don't just live in beds.
People notice bed bugs the most because they tend to emerge at night while people are sleeping. However, bed bugs can actually live in any plush surface. People have had them in their sofas, chairs, carpets, and pillows. This is why you should never pick up a chair or couch you find on the side of the road -- it may contain bed bugs.
2. Bed bugs leave red spots on your sheets.
If you're noticing mysterious little red spots on your sheets, about the size of a pinprick, these are probably bed bug feces. They are red in color because the bed bugs' diet is blood. If you are staying in a hotel, always check the sheets for these red dots before you crawl in. Often, the dots are easier to spot than the bugs themselves.
3. Bed bugs are not invisible.
Because they are so good at hiding, some people believe bed bugs to be invisible -- but they are not. Adult bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed. They are dark brown in color but will take on a reddish tint after they have recently eaten. They have six obvious legs.
4. Bed bugs can go months without food.
There is a myth that they can go a year without food, which is a slight exaggeration. However, they can last several months without food; this is why a common tactic for stubborn bed bug infestations is to leave the house vacant for several months. Eventually, with no food source, the bugs will starve and die. It just takes quite a while!
5. Bed bugs can't tolerate heat.
Heat is actually more effective at killing them than pesticides. If you have an infestation, have a pest control company like Expert Bed Bug Exterminator LLC come heat your home up to 120 degrees F, using special equipment. Wash your clothing in hot water and dry it in a dryer -- this tactic should kill any bed bugs without requiring that you use chemicals.