Bed Bug FAQ

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Adult bed bugs are brown, about a quarter of an inch in diameter and resemble a flat apple seed or lentil.

How pervasive is the bed bug problem in the United States?

There has been a significant increase with bed bug infestations in recent years. According to 2013 research conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, almost 100 percent of pest control companies have treated for bed bugs in the past year, compared to just 25 percent in 2000.

In addition, an earlier NPMA survey conducted in January 2011 found that one in five Americans has encountered bed bugs in their home or knows someone who has.

Why are bed bugs such a problem?

While there is not one clear answer for the resurgence in bed bugs in recent years, the majority of pest professionals point to increase travel, lack of public awareness, and changing pest control products and methods.

What states have been affected?

Pest control companies have reported bed bug activity on a national scale. Today, bed bugs can be found throughout almost every region of the world and in all 50 states.

Where are bed bugs found?

Bed bugs are not limited to any one specific type of dwelling. Pest control companies have been reporting infestations everywhere including single family homes, multi-family housing, apartments, hotels and motels, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, move theaters, libraries, and even public transportation.

Are bed bugs just in beds?

While bed bugs are most often found in bed parts, such as mattresses, box springs and folded areas, they can also survive in alternative habitats. Bed bugs often conceal themselves behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, picture frames, electrical switch plates and in furniture crevices.

If you have additional questions please contact the pest control professionals at Kentucky Termite & Pest Control to learn more about bed bugs and our services!