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The insidious trait of bed bugs in Los Angeles and around the world is how sneaky they are. Bed bugs are capable of hiding in almost any crack or crevice. Yes, they get their name from their tendency to hide in bedding, sheets, mattresses and bed frames, but that’s not the only place they can infest. Bed bugs can crawl behind picture frames on the wall, too, or within electrical sockets, other types of furniture and carpeting. If your property has been infested, small red bites may appear on your arms, legs and torso.
Whatever you may be experiencing when it comes to bed bugs, Western Exterminator in Los Angeles can help. Our pest specialists are trained to detect bed bug infestations, find all of their hiding places, and offer effective treatments to dispose of bed bugs during all of their life stages. Contact the Los Angeles Western Exterminator office today.
Bed bugs are insects. They are very small, almost impossible to see, and are part of the Cimex family of insects. These tiny, crawling, insects feed only on blood, like tiny vampires. They do not have wings and cannot fly. Bed bugs go through numerous life stages during the life cycle and in nearly all stages, they require a blood meal to molt and eventually to produce eggs and reproduce.
Bed bugs feed on the blood of mammals and humans in particular. This means they seek out humans, using the various sensory organs their body contains, to find people to feed upon and then they hide and lay eggs near the food source they have found.
Yes, bed bugs bite. They have specially designed mouthparts which they use to pierce the skin and into a blood vessel. Much like other blood-feeding insects, such as mosquitoes, they inject chemicals into the hole they create. The first is a mild anesthetic so the person being bitten does not feel the bite and disturb the bed bug. The second chemical is an anticoagulant so the blood flows freely into the bed bug’s system and does not clot.
What bed bugs bites look like to your average Los Angeles resident depends on the person being bitten. Sometimes the bites just appear like a slight red rash on the body. Other times, the reaction to the bite and the fluids injected are a bit more intense and the bites itch and become raised red bumps much like mosquito bites.
Bed bugs tend to feed in clusters. Thus, the person bitten by bed bugs may find a row of bites along the arm or torso.
If you live in Los Angeles and find you have a bed bug infestation, you do not need to worry about a risk to your health. Bed bugs are not like mosquitoes, which are known vectors of numerous diseases. The real problem with bed bugs is psychological, since they feed on people when they are sleeping. The idea of being fed upon by insects that are nearly invisible while people are sleeping is usually mentally damaging enough to cause people to call in experts to get rid of bed bugs.
Western Exterminator in Los Angeles, CA, can help you get rid of bed bugs and restore some peace of mind. Our bed bug specialists have tools and methods at hand to help them find the bed bugs hiding places. We will seek out all of the places around your home and property where bed bugs may be hiding and then offer you treatment solutions which can get rid of bed bugs during all life stages, Bed bugs breed fast and just leaving behind two bed bugs can create a brand new infestation, so it takes special skill and tools to get rid of bed bugs.
Contact the offices of Western Exterminator and talk to one of our professionals today and get rid of the bed bug infestation.
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