Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon blood of warm-blooded animals. Their color ranges from nearly white or a light tan to a deep brown or burnt orange. When disturbed, bed bugs actively seek shelter in dark cracks and crevices. Bed bugs seek out people and animals, generally at night while these hosts are asleep, and painlessly sip a few drops of blood. The skin lesion produced by the bite of a bed bug resembles those caused by many other kinds of blood feeding insects, such as mosquitoes or fleas. Bed bugs are not known to transmit any infectious agents.
Bed Bugs hide in small crevices, they may be found in luggage, furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes, and other objects when they are moved between apartments, homes, and hotels. They can wander between adjoining apartments through wall voids and holes where wires and pipes pass.
The best way to determine if you have bed bugs is to inspect the bedroom and other sleeping areas. Look through folds and creases in bed linens, and seams and tufts of mattresses and box springs, these areas may contain bed bugs or their eggs. Before considering treatment, collect a sample of the bug to confirm its identity. Click here to learn the proper ways to be prepared for us to come out and perform a bed bug service.
Bed Bug Ordinance for Chicago, IL
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