The bedbug has recently re-established itself as a threat to public health in the U.S. though it is prevalent in most other parts of the world. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, but may partially be due to increased immigration and international travel. Bedbugs can be found in resort hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, and homes. Bedbugs feed exclusively on the blood of mammals and birds. The common bedbug’s (Cimex lectularius) association with man dates back to the beginning of recorded history. Adult bedbugs are wingless, flattened, about ¼ in. long, with a rounded oval shape and reddish-brown in color. Bedbug nymphs are similar looking, but smaller and may molt up to 5 times before reaching adulthood. Bedbugs feed at night and will hide in crevices of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and behind headboards during the day. If you don’t initiate bedbug removal, infestations can become very large and will often migrate to other rooms or apartments. A close relative of the bedbug (Cimex adjunctus) attacks bats, but will feed on humans also. If you suspect you have an infestation of either bats or bedbugs, inspection, proper identification, and site preparation are critical to successful control. For bedbug extermination service, contact us @ 1-800-525-8084.



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