How To Tell If It's Bed Bugs In Your Jacksonville Home

August 6, 2021


Chances are, at one point or another, we have all considered or dealt with the nightmares of one of the most dreadful pests in the United States: the bed bug. While no one invites the bed bug into their home, this pest is quite common, and extremely difficult to fully eradicate once it has infested your home. For this reason, Lindsey Pest Services has put together a comprehensive collection of information on all things bed bug, from identification to eradication. 

Read on for the education from Jacksonville, FL’s local experts, Lindsey Pest Services — providing pest control services for more than 60 years!

close up of bed bug on sheets

Common Bed Bug Identification Pitfalls

In part due to their small size, bed bugs can end up being very difficult to identify, and are sometimes misidentified for other insects such as the tick or flea. While all of these parasites may feed on members of your family or pets if given the opportunity, in order to control pests in the home, proper identification is critical. 

Properly Identifying Bed Bugs & Their Eggs

Bed bugs are in part so difficult to eradicate due to their quick reproduction cycle and ability to lay up to 540 eggs in a female’s lifetime. Signs of bed bugs in the home may include witnessing several different life cycles, all of which look different. 

Adult bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple seed, mahogany to rusty brown in color when unfed, becoming much more red and engorged in appearance after a blood meal. Nymphs are nearly colorless at the time of hatching, and grow more brown as they mature, reaching full maturation in approximately 21 days. The female bed bug may lay one to five eggs a day, often hidden in small crevices, out of sight. 

Bed bug eggs are white and sticky, extremely difficult to see with the naked eye, and the pest molts several times between life cycles, each requiring a full blood meal. If you find bed bugs, their eggs, or their casings anywhere in your home, call professional pest management services immediately. DIY bed bug methods are rarely effective in solving the entire problem, leading to more costly and timely issues.

Visual Signs Of Bed Bugs In Jacksonville, FL Homes

While their name suggests a preference for the bedroom, the truth is that bed bugs can be found all throughout your house. Signs your home is infested with bed bugs include the following:

  • Small, reddish-brown to brown fecal spotting on mattresses, upholstery, or walls.

  • Left behind molted bed bug skins, their eggs, or egg casings.

  • Signs of red, itchy bed bug bites, especially on limbs often exposed during sleeping. 

Trust The Local Professionals For Effective Bed Bug Eradication

Chances are, by the time you notice signs of bed bugs in the home, it is far too late to effectively tackle the issue by yourself. If you do spot signs of bed bugs in your Jacksonville, FL home, call Lindsey Pest Services right away. When dealing with bed bugs, time is of the essence. Our expert service technicians not only have the proper know-how to eradicate this pest, but also the proper tools to do it effectively, the first time. 

Don’t take chances with your peace of mind. Call Lindsey Pest Services to request your free inspection today!




 

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