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  • Adults are flat, reddish-brown in color, and about ¼ inch in size, (about the size of an apple seed, or lady beetle).
  • Female bed bugs lay 5 – 7 eggs per week.
  • A single female can be responsible for over 30,000 offspring per year!
  • Eggs hatch within 6 – 10 days and can become an adult in 35 – 48 days.
  • They feed on the blood of humans and some small animals.
  • Mostly nocturnal and will normally feed for 3 – 10 minutes while you sleep.
  • Will feed on exposed skin and will often bite in a pattern of 3 bites that can leave itchy red welts.
  • The average lifespan is 10 – 12 months but can live between 12 – 18 months without feeding.
  • Bed bugs can carry but do not transmit diseases.
  • Bed bugs are extremely difficult to eliminate.

How to Identify Bed Bugs in Missouri

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime. Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.  They are nearly microscopic and extremely hard to spot.

How do Bed Bugs Infest My Home in MID-MO?

So, how do you get bed bugs in the first place? Bed bugs are notorious for their hitchhiking abilities. If you’re suddenly experiencing signs of a bed bug infestation in your home for the first time, they likely snuck their way in as a stowaway on a purse, luggage, or clothing.  Lodging facilities like hotels and motels are prime sources for bed bugs, so be on high alert when traveling to be sure you don’t take bed bugs home with you as unintentional souvenirs.  St. Robert, Waynesville, Rolla, Lebanon have guests visiting from all over the world being close to a major military installation and universities in southern Missouri let Sho-Me Pest protect your home.


Where Do Bed Bugs Hide in Central Missouri Homes and Businesses

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night. Over time, however, they may scatter through the bedroom, moving into any crevice or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.  Sho-Me Pest can help you with a bed bug inspection from our qualified bed bug experts.

Signs your house may have Bed Bugs:  If you wake up with itchy areas you didn't have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started. Other signs that you have bedbugs:

  • Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls
  • Bedbug fecal spots, eggshells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide
  • An offensive, musty odor from the bugs' scent glands

If you suspect an infestation, remove all bedding, and check it carefully for signs of bed bugs or their excrement.  Also, check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet because bedbugs can attach to clothing. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call Sho-Me Pest a quality exterminator in Missouri, who will know what to look for.

Bed Bug Extermination in Missouri: While cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires chemical treatments.  Generally, it is safest and most effective to hire an experienced pest control professional for bedbug extermination.   You may think DIY bed bug treatment is a viable option, but we’re here to tell you it’s more trouble than it’s worth. Homemade bed bug killers are often not as effective as professional extermination, and they will only allow the problem to continue.  Sho-Me Pest has qualified bed bug experts to rid your home of unwanted pests.  Don’t try to do it yourself, get professional bed bug control from the experts at Sho-Me Pest Control.


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