Bed Bugs

Bed Bug Identification & Prevention Guide

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are common biting pests here in the greater Austin area that feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals, with a preference for humans. If people are not available, they'll feed on pets and other animals. These parasitic insects are common invaders anywhere people live or visit including homes, hotels, and other public places.

Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 of an inch long. They have flattened, oval-shaped bodies that are reddish-brown and wingless, and long proboscises that they use for feeding that lie beneath the body when at rest. Immature bed bugs (nymphs) resemble adults but are smaller and are yellowish or translucent in color until they have their first blood meal.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are not dangerous, but their presence will cause stressful days and sleepless nights. They are prolific breeders and a few can quickly lead to a large-scale infestation. Bed bugs feed on our blood, and people who are allergic to their saliva will develop itchy allergic reactions at the bite sites which requires medical attention in severe cases. Bed bugs are also capable of harboring some disease-causing pathogens. They can also cause damage inside your home or business by staining fabrics, floors, mattresses, walls, and box springs with blood and excrement.

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