After careful consideration, a home or business owner realizes they might have bed bugs. What would the next step be? First and foremost, it’s a good idea to determine whether or not the pests found are actually bed bugs. The first image is a picture of a bed bug up close. There are several details people can notice that assist in determining whether or not the insect infesting a property is a bed bug or not. One of the most noticeable details in these bed bugs’ pictures are the small, oval bodies and the plain, brown coloring. Because of the size of bed bugs, it’s hard for people to notice details about them unless they can get a picture of close. From a distance, their bodies and simple coloring are the most obvious features to the naked eye.
Once people can see pictures this close, other details of the bed bugs stand out. Unlike other pests called bugs, the pictures of bed bugs reveal that they possess three segments to their bodies which make them true insects. They also have six legs and beady eyes. The next picture shows the size of bed bugs in relation to a common dime. At their greatest, bed bugs only stretch from 5-7mm in length and are no wider than 2-3mm. Although they might seem larger after they have recently fed, bed bugs are difficult to detect because of their small stature.
Many times, people don’t find a single bed bug, but multiple bed bugs. At a distance, they can be mistaken for specks on the wall until a home or business owner comes close enough to see their details. Considering more than five of them can fit on a dime, they can be hard to detect. And then, what should a person do when they have found them?
People might be tempted to eradicate them by themselves, but this is more difficult than it sounds. While there are over 300 different pesticides on the market, a lot of home and business owners lack the knowledge required to use them safely. Pesticides might also not be effective enough to destroy the entire population. In many cases, it’s necessary to combine methods such as pesticides, heat, and cleaning all of the fabrics in which they might be hiding. To get the full benefits of these actions, people can rely on the helpfulness of professional pest controllers, who have the experience and knowledge necessary to use multiple methods efficiently.
Jose D. has been providing pest control solutions to North County San Diego residents since 2000!