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One of the most consistent pests around the world are bed bugs. Bed bugs have been bothering humans for centuries and, although there was a time when it seemed humans had them under control, they have come back in full force in recent years. Bed bugs in Seattle are a real problem for homes, hotels, restaurants, apartments, offices and businesses of all kinds.
Bed bugs are great at hiding, they feed on people at night, plus they are very hard to get rid of once an infestation starts. Just missing a couple of bed bugs hidden behind an electrical socket on the wall is enough to start a second infestation.
Western Exterminator Seattle has bed bug control specialists who use the latest methods to detect bed bugs to find where bed bugs are hiding. We offer bed bug treatments to get rid of bed bugs during all life stages and prevent them from returning.
Bed bugs can get into just about any building or onto any form of property. They are very good at traveling and within a large city with global traffic like Seattle, bed bugs can really thrive. Some areas of the world have learned to live with bed bugs more than others, plus airplanes and other forms of global travel can carry bed bugs from place-to-place. The insects can easily end up in luggage and clothing and transfer to homes, hotel rooms and other areas.
Bed bugs like to be close to where they can easily feed. They are small and can hide in the tiniest cracks or crevices. Yes, bed bugs will find places to hide and nest in beds, bedding, mattresses, bed posts and bed frames. However, they also hide behind photos and frames on the wall, within lights and behind electrical sockets. Bed bugs come out during the night because they want to feed on stationary people and do so while those people are sleeping.
Bed bugs have specialized mouthparts which they use to pierce the skin and into blood vessels located just below the outer layer of skin. Bed bugs also have secretions within their saliva which will prevent the blood from clotting and allow the blood to flow easily down into the stomachs.
Bed bugs feed because they need the blood to reproduce and lay eggs. These insects often come out and feed and then will take time to digest and reproduce, which means there can be breaks between feedings at first. However, once the bed bugs start to breed, there can be many bed bugs all feeding on people in there beds over the course of many nights.
Bed bug bites are red bumps or blemishes on the skin, usually in a line or tight cluster along arms, legs, torsos, necks and other body parts. The bites may itch, but not always. They can sometimes just appear like a red rash. bed bugs will likely be found in the morning when you get up or stand up from the sofa or other furniture which has been infested.
Bed bug bites are irritating and psychologically frustrating, but they are not considered medically significant. If you have allergies to insect bites, seek medical attention.
The first signs you may have bed bugs are the bites. However, there are other things you can look for to confirm:
If you find any of those signs or manage to spot the small, brown apple seed sized insects, you should contact a bed bug professional right away.
Western Exterminator bed bugs specialists in Seattle are ready to help. Since bed bugs can be hard to see with hiding spots that are hard to find, it takes special training and skills to identify all of the places infested and then implement specialized treatments to get rid of them. When treating for bed bugs you don't want to just get rid of the adults, but the eggs and larvae, too.