Do bed bugs have wings? If you are asking yourself this question, it is probably because you have found some type of bug inside your house that you don’t know how to identify.
If you think you have bed bugs, you probably already know that you could potentially be dealing with a big problem. That is exactly why it is so important to learn how to properly identify bed bugs so you know for sure whether they have infested your home or you are dealing with something else that could potentially be less invasive and less harmful.
So, Do They Have Wings?
Bed bugs do not have wings but they do have what you might consider winglets. It looks like they are trying to grow wings but they never actually develop. Therefore, you know that you are not dealing with a bed bug problem if you are looking at a bug that has fully developed wings. However, a lot of people think that they are dealing with something else if they find a bug with winglets because they have been told all their lives that bed bugs don’t have wings. It’s true, they don’t. However, you could be dealing with bed bugs if you find something that has what looks like small, underdeveloped wings attached to its body.
What Do They Look Like?
In general, bed bugs are relatively small creatures, slightly bigger than the biggest fleas but smaller than a housefly. Their body is usually shaped like an oval and the adults are brown in color. However, the color of their body actually changes from brown to red after they get done feeding, so looking strictly for brown bugs can prove to be a futile task. If you find a red bug or one that is sort of rust-colored that fits the description, there’s a better than average chance that you are indeed dealing with bed bugs.
Where Are They Found?
Technically, you can find them in the crevices of a mattress or underneath the cushions of the couch after someone has been sleeping. While they end up in the carpet, in your clothes and virtually everywhere else, these are the places where they are most common. They are also the places where you are likely to find them in the highest concentrations, thereby making it easier to positively identify them. If you really want to know if you have bed bugs, pick your mattress up and look at the underside of it and in the crevices of the bed as soon as you get up in the morning. We will probably find evidence of them if they are there.
How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Getting rid of bed bugs is insanely difficult but if you have a problem with them, it has to be done. The first thing you should do is call an exterminator. People have tried unsuccessfully to get rid of bed bugs inside their own homes for years and they usually aren’t very successful. Granted, exterminators can be expensive but when you are facing a choice between spending a little bit of money or spending every night with hundreds or thousands of bugs that like to feed off of your blood, the choice becomes a lot easier.
Bed Bugs Bite
You already know that they feed off of you during the night but what happens after the fact? When you are bitten by a bed bug, it usually causes a raised welt that can become very itchy. Some people are more prone to discomfort from this than others. As is the case with any other bug that feeds off of human blood, there is a chance that they can carry diseases that could potentially be serious. You may also have to deal with infection from the bites themselves. As you can see, this is not something you want to be forced to put up with for very long.
No one wants to share their home with bugs. It is unhealthy, unsanitary, and when you really think about it, it is just downright creepy. The best thing you can do if you notice a problem is call an exterminator and let them handle it from that point forward. The most important thing involved here is time. The longer you wait, the worse the infestation is likely to get and the more difficult of a time you will have reclaiming your home. Therefore, it is vitally important that you take action right away.