Is It Dangerous To Have Bed Bugs In My Blacksburg Home?


a person inspecting a mattress for bed bugs

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They hide in cracks or crevices during the day, coming out to feed at night.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Knowing what bed bugs look like will help you identify them when looking for signs of an infestation in your Blacksburg home.

  • Bed bugs are tiny, measuring less than 1/4 inch in length.

  • They have six legs, oval bodies, and antennae.

  • They are reddish-brown after feeding.

  • They tend to be flat and in the shape of an apple seed but will become rounded after eating.

  • Female bed bugs lay eggs that look like small grains of rice.

Bed bugs are parasitic hitchhikers. They need to feed on blood to live and will seek out environments where there is food available. They are less active in places where there is less human activity.

The Health Concerns Of Bed Bugs In Blacksburg

There is no concrete evidence that bed bugs transmit diseases. What they do is bite people, which results in an itchy red rash. Bed bug bites are most often found on areas of the body that are exposed while sleeping.

As bed bugs feed, they inject an anticoagulant, a chemical that prevents the blood from clotting, as well as an anesthetic, which is why many people do not realize they are bitten. This makes it easier for the bed bugs to feed undetected.

When bed bugs bite people, they leave a small puncture wound that is itchy at first, then often becomes swollen and red. Bed bug bites look like flat reddish-brown spots that itch when they come into contact with water or when you scratch them. The itching of bed bug bites often triggers allergic reactions of the skin, causing rashes.

Bed bug bites can cause secondary infections as a result of continuous scratching. With a long enough or extensive enough infestation, they can also result in anemia. If the bed bug bites do not go away within a few days, make sure to get medical treatment and visit your doctor for further assessment.

Let's not forget the disruption in your life and the loss of sleep just knowing that bed bugs are in your Blacksburg home, sharing your space and belongings.

Bed Bug Problems Are Hard To Prevent & Control

Bed bugs are tiny but visible to the naked eye. Bed bug eggs are white and almost invisible. They hide in beds around the headboard or cracks between mattress and box spring, crevices in furniture, floorboards, luggage bags, and dirty laundry.

Bed bugs can get on your belongings, travel home with you on your clothes, or get brought home by a friend or relative who has been staying with someone who has them. Bed bug infestations have increased over the last decade due to the number of people who travel and visit one another.

Bed Bug Control Solutions From All Pest Control & Solutions

Bed bugs are hard to control because they can live for several months without feeding; they can survive for weeks on just a single blood meal. At the first sign of bed bug problems in your Blacksburg home (sightings of bed bugs or bites), contact All Pest Control & Solutions for our bed bug control service. We have the expertise and the technology to remove bed bugs quickly and thoroughly so you can get back to living a normal life.


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