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Are These Bed Bugs In My Akron Home?

June 15, 2021 - Bed Bugs

Here in Akron, there are plenty of pests that could potentially invade our homes throughout the year. However, few are as hard to get rid of as bed bugs. What’s worse, the longer a bed bug infestation persists, the more difficult it becomes to remove, so it is important to address bed bug infestations immediately.

To do so, you need to know how to accurately identify bed bugs should they infest your Akron home. Unfortunately, many people misidentify bed bugs, confusing them with other small pests in the area. Continue reading to learn how to tell if your Akron home is infested with bed bugs and what to do about infestations.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs are sometimes called "apple seeds with legs," because adult bed bugs resemble apple seeds in both size and shape. They are typically reddish-brown in color, although they will turn to a deep reddish-purple after they have fed on a blood meal. Moreover, their bodies will also elongate after feeding.

Bed bugs are often confused with fleas because both are small in size. However, fleas can jump, using their powerful hind legs while bed bugs can only walk. If the pests in your home are jumping all around, you are not dealing with bed bugs. Alternatively, if none of them are jumping, bed bugs might be living in your home.

In addition to adult bed bugs, you may notice bed bug eggs and nymphs on your bedding, mattresses, or upholstered furniture. Bed bug eggs are small off-white capsules and are typically clustered together. Nymphs resemble adult bed bugs in shape; however, they are smaller and a pale yellow color rather than red.

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Based on their name, many people assume bed bugs only live in or around beds, which isn’t entirely true. Oftentimes, infestations begin around beds. If given time, they will spread throughout a home, settling in carpets, curtains, upholstered furniture, and wall voids.

The reason infestations frequently begin around beds has to do with the fact that bed bugs are both parasites and nocturnal. That means they feed on blood (human blood is their favorite) and they are active at night. Therefore, beds provide them with easy access to sleeping humans, upon whom they can feed.

In addition to spotting bed bugs in your home, you may also notice these other signs of bed bug infestations:

  • Bloodstains on bedding, mattresses, or upholstered furniture.
  • Rust-like stains from bed bug excrement on bedding or upholstered furniture.
  • Musty odors emanating from around the bed.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Unlike other parasites, bed bugs are not known to spread any blood-borne illnesses, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cause other issues. Bed bugs have been known to induce insomnia in people who live amongst them. Furthermore, scratching bed bug bites has been known to lead to secondary infections. Finally, if a bed bug infestation grows to be too large or lasts for too long, it can cause anemia in the people who live amongst it.

ven though bed bugs don’t spread disease, their infestations can cause serious problems for homeowners. Not to mention, nobody likes the idea of pests living in their home, feeding on their blood as they sleep.