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What Exactly ARE Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed on people and animals while they sleep. Exclusively, what bed bugs eat is our blood. They are wingless, reddish-brown, and incredibly small – ranging from 1mm to 7mm. They are incredibly resilient, withstanding extreme temperatures, and can even live for several months without eating. They do however thrive very well in the moderate climate and low humidity of the Southwest.

Despite being very common, there are a lot of myths surrounding bedbugs. For example, they have a reputation for spreading disease or being found only in filthy environments. Both of these are mostly false. According to the CDC, they are not known to spread disease in any significant way. The most common issue is secondary infections from scratching the bite areas where bed bugs feed.

As for their habitat, these insects live literally everywhere on Earth in nearly every type of climate. They can be found in regularly cleaned hotel rooms just as easily as in dingy motel rooms.

Are Bed Bugs Hard to Get Rid Of?

Bed Bug Extermination can be difficult. Because of their resilient nature and resistance to extreme temperatures, they are incredibly difficult to eliminate without the intervention of professional help. They have natural cycles that must be taken into account or you’ll simply end up with more in the same place after you think you’ve eliminated the problem.

Our technicians are trained on a very specific set of proven techniques that are sequentially administered to get rid of bed bugs for good.

If you think you have bed bugs in your home, please reach out and we can provide a 100% free inspection.