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Bed Bugs

Written by Deborah Bechetti, Spectrum Enterprises

I have been seeing more infestations of bed bugs recently and thought it might be a good idea to go over some important information.

Know how to identify a bed bug. Bed bugs are reddish-brown with a flat, oval body that measures approximately ¼ of an inch long (about the size of an apple seed).  Bed bugs usually hide close to the bed but can spread to other areas of the room or home over time.

Know how bed bugs are able to get into your home. Bed bugs enter a home many possible ways, the most common being catching a ride on your luggage, computer, clothing or other belongings after you have stayed somewhere else, or traveled where bed bugs are present, including on public transportation.  Used furniture should be inspected carefully before even bringing it into your home.

Bed bugs like warmth. They are known to enter laptops, netbooks, and DSL ports, which are also very portable objects that you might inadvertently carry around to other rooms and homes.

Bed bugs don’t like daylight.  Bedbugs typically wait until nightfall to make an appearance, often nibbling on you or your pet while you sleep.

After eating, bedbugs will leave blood spots and dark fecal stains.  As they grow, bedbugs shed their skins and leave behind light-brown shells.

If you can confirm that you have bed bugs, you are best off calling a professional exterminator to get rid of them.


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