There has been a major increase in bed bug infestations over the past several years. In fact, a number of Ohio cities are ranked in the top 12 infested cities in the country.
To combat an infestation, you first need to know what to look for. Bed bugs look different depending on their stage of life. The adult is the size of an apple seed and are mahogany or brownish in color. From egg, the bed bug will go through 5 nymph stages needing a blood meal during each molt. The early stage is white and will progress darker during the stages. They live up to 18 months with three or more generations per year. They can lay up to 12 eggs per day, up to 500 during her lifetime.
Unfortunately, your problem begins with them being transported to your location. You need to continually inspect your belongings and surroundings to include clothing, furniture (especially previously used), luggage, gym bags, and other personal belongings. Be aware that you can encounter them in many areas you visit daily such as buses, medical facilities, theatres, office buildings, and the mall for instance.
What are the signs of bed bugs? Seeing an actual bed bug is one thing. However, signs of an infestation also include fecal spots (like dark pen spots), skin casings, eggs, blood smears on sheets, and the bites that appear on your skin.
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