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Bed Bug Identification & Prevention

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What You Need To Know About Bed Bugs

Use this guide to learn about bed bugs, including how to keep them from taking over your North Carolina home.

Bed Bugs Identification

Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are structural invading pests that quickly reproduce and develop large populations. You can come into contact with bed bugs in Goldsboro inside houses, apartment buildings, schools, retail facilities, libraries, and movie theaters.

Bed bugs are biting, blood-sucking pests that have adapted to living indoors with their preferred hosts: people. Blood is the sole source of nutrition for these insects. If their preferred hosts are not available, they will feed on the blood of rodents, cats, and dogs. 

Before consuming a blood meal, we identify bed bugs by their apple seed size, reddish-brown color, and flat oval body. After finishing a blood meal, the bed bug’s body swells and turns a purplish-red color.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs are a type of blood-feeding pest, but unlike other blood-feeding pests, they aren’t known for spreading disease. Though bed bug bites aren’t likely to infect your family with pathogens, you should never tolerate their presence because of the many problems they cause. 

The bed bugs and their bites can trigger:

Allergic reactions

Secondary infections


In addition, bed bugs in our homes can stain bedding, mattresses, and upholstery with drops of blood and excrement.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

Bed bugs live where people live and spend their time so they can be near their preferred hosts. The primary mode of transportation for bed bugs is hitchhiking. Moving items from one household to another or coming into contact with bed bugs in a public place are the two most common ways a bed bug problem begins. 

Bed bugs aren’t pests you'll see moving around your home; therefore, understanding common bed bug signs is vital to identifying an infestation. If bed bugs are in your home, you’ll likely notice dark streaks or blood spots on bedding, mattresses, or upholstered furniture. A large infestation can cause a musty odor to develop in your home. Additionally, as bed bugs transform from egg to adult, they molt, and their shed skins will pile up under mattresses, cushions, or behind headboards.

If you ever spot bed bug signs in your Goldsboro home, contact a professional for help. Eliminating bed bugs is always most effectively done with high-quality, proven treatments. 


Where will I find bed bugs?

After you unintentionally introduce bed bugs into your home, they quickly find a quiet daytime hiding spot that puts them near their sleeping hosts. Most bed bug infestations begin in bedroom areas, but the bed bugs will spread throughout your home over time. 


Some of their most common daytime hiding spots include:

The seams of mattresses

Under the cushions of upholstered furniture

Cracks in wooden footboards and headboards

Behind wooden trim 

Inside electrical outlets

Under piles of clutter

The bed bug's small size, flat body, and dark color make it easy to overlook these pests. Thorough inspections by a professional will identify the presence of bed bugs and treat the problem before it takes over your home.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

To reclaim your home from unwanted bed bugs, trust the dedicated professionals at Arrest A Pest Exterminators. We understand that bed bugs are pests that require specialized treatment. Through our two-step inspection and treatment process, we will treat your home and eliminate all the bed bugs. To learn the details about our home pest control and commercial pest control treatment process and the 90-day guarantee that we offer, reach out today. We are committed to helping our customers maintain homes free of bed bugs and other structural pests.

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

The following bed bug prevention tips will help you to keep these unwanted pests out of your Goldsboro home:

Before bringing used furniture or other secondhand items into your home, thoroughly inspect them for signs of bed bugs.

After returning home from traveling, clean out suitcases and use high heat to wash and dry all clothing taken.

Regularly and thoroughly vacuum your home’s floors and upholstered furniture.

Routinely wash your family’s and pet’s bedding and inspect mattresses and box springs for signs of bed bugs.

Place bed bug-proof encasements on all mattresses to remove their favorite hiding spot. 


To learn more about bed bug control in Goldsboro, call today.


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