It’s difficult to get pictures of bed bugs that show detail without having to use a microscope. Image 1 demonstrates the size of bed bugs compared to the common dime. Each bed bug measures roughly 5-7mm in length and barely 2-3mm wide. Whenever they are found in a home or business, bed bugs live in groups and tend to travel together when they leave their homes to find food. Their food is the blood of any people, pets, or other creatures found on a property. These pictures of bed bugs show some of the key features people should look for to determine whether or not the pest found on their property is a bed bug or not.
Home and business owners should pay attention to the body, coloring, and size of the pests in these pictures of bed bugs. Bed bugs have small, oval bodies which are flat when they haven’t fed. After they have eaten, bed bugs develop a swollen, reddish appearance because of the blood in their bellies. Unlike other pests which are colloquially called bugs, bed bugs are considered true insects because their bodies are divided into three segments: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. They also have three pairs of legs, beady eyes, and antennae.
It’s important to know a little about their biology because many of the pesticides used against bed bugs take advantage of the pests’ physiology. As can be seen in the pictures of bed bugs, bed bugs have a hard exoskeleton around their bodies. Many of the insecticides used against bed bugs are designed to disintegrate or dehydrate the exoskeleton, weakening bed bugs and helping home and business owners eliminate them.
However, often the use of pesticides isn’t enough to fully eliminate the population. If faced with an infestation of bed bugs, home and business owners should call a professional pest control company who can remove all of the pests. Pest controllers often need to combine more than one method to exterminate bed bugs because they are pervasive. They hide in hard to reach places like behind electrical outlet panels, between mattresses and box springs, and anywhere that two sheets of paper could fit. Their eggs and larvae can also be tricky to eliminate. A professional exterminator can combine methods such as heat treatments, pesticides, and washing any fabrics which could be hiding the eggs of bed bugs. When in doubt, it’s best to call someone who can help ensure that a property is truly pest free.
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