Over the past few years, Rockford along with other cities across the country has become hit hard with bedbug infestations in residential housing and hotels.
Bedbugs are a small parasitic oval insect that feed by sucking blood from humans. Adult bedbugs are reddish brown in color, appearing more reddish after feeding on a blood meal.
Nymphs are translucent in color and appear bright red after feeding. The common bedbug that is currently infesting Rockford homes and hotels is the Cimex lectularius.
Bed bugs can live anywhere in the home but typically harbor in cracks and crevices in furniture most commonly in beds including the mattress, box-spring and the bed frame including the head board.
These pests are most active at night biting exposed areas of skin while their host is sleeping. Common bite locations are the neck, face, hands and arms.
The bites are generally painless and sometimes will go unnoticed. Bites that are noticed usually have symptoms of itching, redness and swelling.
There are multiple signs of bedbugs such as fecal matter and blood stains on infested furniture and linens along with shed skins along the seams and cracks of bedding and furniture.
The only way to effectively determine an active infestation is to find live bed bug activity. Bedbugs can be a very difficult pest to identify and eliminate and it is best to consult with a professional to get assistance controlling these unwanted guests.
If you think or know you may have a bed bug infestation, contact Rock River Pest Control for a free inspection.