The Original Washington, D.C. Area Bed Bug Extermination Company
Arlington, VA | Washington, DC
24/7 Bed Bug Call Center
We are the #1 Bed Bug Exterminator for all of
and all of Northern Virginia.
Using heat and other non-toxic methods, Bed Bug & Beyond will provide the ultimate bed bug treatment solution with giving you the longest Treatment Guarantee in the industry.
WE KNOW BED BUGS - It's All We Do!
Bed Bugs Bite
(they actually just suck)
Bed Bug & Beyond is a dedicated bed bug exterminator with the experience, training and tools to exterminate bed bugs throughout your home or office. Our work is guaranteed.
Bed bugs are very small yet visible to your naked eye, if you know where to look. Bed bugs are biologically programmed to be extraordinary at hiding and they do so in plain sight, often preferring inside your box spring or inside your headboard. These places are both dark and very close to a human food source. Bed Bugs are parasites so they "bite" you just as a mosquito would: by piercing your skin and drawing your blood. Our experienced bed bug technicians can spot the signs of bed bugs quickly.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I check for bed bugs in a particular room?
Most bed bugs are found in your headboard and box spring. Because they are nocturnal and about the size of an apple seed, bed bugs can be difficult to spot. Other places to look for bed bugs include your box spring support planks, which is the platform your bed may sit on. These planks are often wood and are sometimes connected to each other by rope or fabric.
Also check for: cracks and crevices in furniture, cracks in baseboards, carpet, mattresses and bedding, etc. Bed bugs typically are found close to the location of their next meal, but they can crawl several feet into other rooms, apartments, and living spaces.
Remember, you're looking for signs of a bed bug infestation: fecal matter and skin sheddings are often found before the bed bug itself. Tiny black spots could be bed bug fecal matter on mattresses, sheets or pajamas. These spots are bed bug excrement and are evidence that a bed bug has had a blood meal. You may also find dead bed bugs or their exoskeleton "shells" that can be left behind as young bed bugs molt into adult bed bugs.
One of the most obvious signs, however, are itchy red bites that appear as swollen red welts on the skin.
How can I tell if I have been bitten?
Some people show no reaction to bed bug bites, but for others, the reaction can be severe. A bed bug bite can appear to be similar to that of a spider, mosquito or flea, but often results in a very itchy welt that sometimes swells. If you wake up with itchy bites that you did not have when you went to bed, this can be a clue that you might have unwanted guests in your bed.
Those who react to bed bug bites do so because the person's immune system sent histamine to the bite site. Remember, bed bugs do not transmit disease so some people do not show any reaction at all. In these people, no histamine is sent by their immune system to the site of the bed bug bite as no threat is detected.
How many months can bed bugs live?
The normal life expectancy of a bed bug is about 10 months to one year. There are many factors that can influence how long bed bugs live. One factor is humidity, as bed bugs tend to live longer in humid conditions. Bed bugs can survive without feeding for many weeks and even months. Female bed bugs lay eggs in cracks and crevices, and will lay between 10 and 50 in a single batch. Bed bug eggs are tiny and about the size of a grain of salt. Bed bugs take about 10 days to hatch. Young bed bugs molt (or shed their exoskeletons) 5 times before they become adults. Before each molt, the young bed bugs require a blood meal.
How can I keep bed bugs from entering my home?
The most common way that bed bugs enter a home is by hitchhiking on belongings, furniture, clothing, and luggage that have been exposed to a bed bug infested area. Furniture from rental outlets or used furniture stores, luggage and belongings that have traveled and been stored in hotel and motel rooms, planes, trains, college dormitories, apartment buildings, and other locations can all be at risk for harboring traveling bed bugs. When you travel, check your room for signs of bed bugs--thoroughly check the mattress and around the bed area for brown spots, rusty red blood smears or stains, or live bugs. When you return from a trip, check your clothing as you unpack, and vacuum empty suitcases. See our Bed Bug Blog for more ideas to protect yourself against bed bugs when you travel.