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Bed Bug Identification Guide

What are bed bugs?


Bed bugs are small insects, but it is easy to identify them if you have a general idea of what they look like. Bed bugs have oval-shaped bodies similar in size and shape to apple seeds. After consuming a blood meal, their appearance does change. Their color turns from a reddish-brown to a deep purplish-red, and their bodies expand into a capsule or cigar-like shape.

Bed bugs have adapted to having a very close relationship with people as our blood is their preferred food source. Because they lack wings and live mainly indoors, bed bugs travel easiest by hitchhiking on people and our belongings. Avoiding bed bug infestations is difficult as there is always a chance that you, a visitor, or a family member could accidentally introduce them into your home.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Currently, bed bugs are not known to spread diseases through their feeding habits. Unlike blood-feeding pests that spread diseases to people, bed bugs don’t fit into the category of dangerous pests, but they are unwelcome nuisance pests.

Below are some of the biggest reasons these pests are so unwelcome in our Rhode Island homes.

  • Those allergic to their bites may develop red, itchy rashes around the bite sites.
  • The openings that bed bugs create in your skin to feed can allow bacteria into your body and cause a secondary infection. 
  • Sound sleep is impossible when you know bed bugs are in your home and using you as a free buffet!
  • As bed bugs feed, they stain mattresses, bedding, pillows, upholstered furniture, and walls with blood droplets and excrement.

Why do I have a bed bug problem?

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How do I get rid of bed bugs?

Professional help is the best way to get rid of bed bugs. Though trying to get rid of bed bugs on your own may be tempting, these insects need an experienced professional to rid a home of a bed bug infestation completely.

If you currently have bed bugs in your Rhode Island home or want to prevent them, reach out to us at Encon. Our business is to help people, and we take this commitment very seriously. Our professionals work with our customers to ensure their homes become and stay free of unwanted pests. To eliminate bed bugs, we begin by performing an inspection of your home to determine the size of the infestation. We then perform a treatment using one of our two options and one best suited for your home. Finally, we conduct follow-up treatments to ensure the bed bugs have been completely eliminated. Reach out today to learn more about our bed bug treatment options!

How can I prevent bed bugs in the future?

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