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Pest ID: Bed Bugs

Combat® products serve as an excellent line of defense against roach and ant problems, but we know there might be other pests, like bed bugs, keeping you awake at night. There are many types of bed bugs, but the peskiest is the ‘common’ bed bug, Cimex lectularius, and is most frequently found in people’s homes. Prior to 1995, this bug was rarely seen in the U.S. but has recently become a serious pest problem. Entomologists believe the source of this pest problem could be a combination of resistance to pesticides and increases in global travel and commerce.

Bed bug adults are a reddish-brown color and about the size of an apple seed. Their young vary in size and tend to be whitish, almost clear, with dark patches under the skin. This makes the common bed bug sometimes difficult to see. The best way to determine you have bed bugs is from the red, itchy bites on your skin coupled with small spots of blood on your linens. You might also see the dark droppings around mattress edges and along cracks and crevices behind baseboards and window trim.

Most people will likely get bed bugs from hotels. The bugs can crawl into suitcases and be taken home with you. If you suspect you have bed bugs, contact a professional pest control person and have them inspect your home. Do not attempt to spray the bugs because you will not be able to eliminate the infestation and will likely make things worse – thereby costing even more money in the long term.

Make sure you explore the Combat® website for more great tips, advice, and helpful information to protect your home from unwanted pests.