Bed bugs are without a doubt the single most notorious and well-known problem pest in existence. In fact, the word bug is derived from the Old English word bugge, which meant a “ghost” or “something frightening” that would bite people in the middle of the night–in other words, bed bugs. As far as researchers understand, bed bugs are not important vectors for any significant diseases in the US. However, bed bug infestations are known to cause dramatic increases in anxiety, interrupted sleep patterns that increase stress levels, and psychological trauma. Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon monoxide that mammals exhale during respiration, but seem to be exclusively attracted to humans. Bed bug adults are about the size of an apple seed, and signs of an infestation may include discarded exoskeletons, fecal stains (reddish or brown spots) on mattresses, eggs, and live or dead bed bugs. Both juvenile and adult bed bugs require a blood meal (the technical term for a bed bug bite) before either progressing to the next life stage or, for females, before laying eggs. Bed bugs can hitchhike on clothes, suitcases, purses, backpacks, etc from other infested locations such as mattresses, furniture, carpet, and other upholstered items. If you suspect you have a bed bug problem, reach out to our professional and courteous staff right away!