Pest IssuesHow to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Naturally
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Mother nature has “gifted” us with a wide variety of insect species. Some of them have a very distinguished look and you just can’t mistake them for anything else. However, there are types of bugs that look so similar that there is no chance of figuring out what you are faced with. This is the case with bed bugs.
In this article, we are going to talk about bugs that resemble bed bugs but aren’t.
So, if you:
Don’t worry, we’ve got all of the information you need.
Here is a list of the physical characteristics of a typical bed bug:
With its tiny size, common bugs living in our homes can be easily mistaken for bed bugs. Let’s take a look at the bedbug lookalike bugs that you may encounter, but aren’t bed bugs.
Now that you have an idea of what a bed bug actually looks like, it’s time to talk about its doppelgangers. To make things even easier, we have also included information about how to deal with the described insects, depending on their type and in case of an infestation. Without further ado, here are the bugs that resemble bed bugs but aren’t:
Unlike the bloodsucking parasite, cockroach nymphs have a white or grey body, but turn brown as soon as you touch them. When it comes to proportions, the insect is half the size of an adult bed bug (about 3 mm). Also, cockroach nymphs are different in shape, too – they have a cylinder form, while bed bugs are oval.
Now let’s talk about the main reasons behind why people get roach nymphs confused with bed bugs. One word: Behaviour. Similarly, like the parasites, baby cockroaches like to hide in tight spaces located close to their food source. Another important factor to point out is that nymphs are also most active in the nighttime.
Don’t you underestimate cockroach nymphs just because they are tiny insect babies. This type of pest is extremely hard to kill. Even if you invest in the most expensive over-the-counter insecticidal product, the baby roach will survive your attack. Still, if you are determined to demolish the bug yourself, we advise you to buy sticky traps. This pest control method traps the weak roaches and they eventually die from lack of water.
On the other hand, if you don’t feel like dealing with creepy-crawlies, you can always hire a professional to take care of the infestation situation for you. We highly advise on acting as quickly as possible if you spot cockroach nymphs in your property. If there are baby roaches in your home, their parents are most likely hiding in the walls of your living room.
Yup, you read this right. There actually exists an insect called a spider beetle. This sort of bug is really tiny, about the size of an ordinary flea, which will be 1.5 to 3.2 mm. In terms of colour, they are dark brown and when fed – a bit on the red side of the spectrum. Many people mistake this sort of pest for a bloodsucking one, exactly because of the red hue. The truth is that spider beetles dine in your kitchen, in the middle of the night, and don’t like the taste of human blood.
The thing that gets people confused is the colouring of the insect. Indeed, it is quite similar to that of a bed bug. We can even say that from all of the insects, listed in this article, spider beetles resemble the bloodsucking parasite the most.
The best way to deal with spider beetles is to keep your home as squeaky clean as possible. Make sure to maintain your food storage places in good condition by regularly vacuuming them. If this method doesn’t work out for you or the infestation has gone completely out of control, your best bet is to hire a professional exterminator.
Unlike the other sorts of pests, we described earlier, booklice don’t actually resemble bed bugs, but their nymphs. The insect is translucent white, grey or brown in colour. The pest gets mistaken for a bud bug baby because of its habitat preference. You can spot it on the side of your windows, window sills, and under wallpaper.
Booklice are a tricky type of pest to get rid of. Here are a few methods to try out that will prevent and kill the bugs:
If you spot tiny black bugs in your bed, don’t jump to conclusions. All it may be just confused carpet beetles that have lost their way. The insect may look very similar to a bed bug, because of its dark brown shell, but one thing gives them away pretty fast – their wings. Also, carpet beetle larvae look nothing like those of a bed bug. The insect’s babies are small furry caterpillars.
Carpet beetles don’t bite like the bloodsuckers, they get mistaken for, but can trigger your allergies in zero time. When it comes to their menu, the bugs like to munch on fabric, carpeting (hence the name of the insect), and clothes made from natural fibres.
Nobody wants their carpet to look like swiss cheese. To get rid of carpet beetles fast, the best solution would be to steam clean the living soul out of your infested carpeting. You can hire an expert technician to take care of the situation or do it yourself by renting a steam cleaner. We highly advise you to get your carpet professionally cleaned afterwards with hot water extraction
As the name of this type of insect suggests, a bat bug is basically a bug that drinks bat blood. Quite ironic, isn’t it? However, when it comes to physical characteristics, the only way to tell apart a bat bug from a bed bug is under a microscope, while holding your entomology degree. With all of that being said, you can get the insect in your property only if you have bats flying around. And in terms of biting, a bat bug will attack you if its initial and preferred food source has been eliminated.
If you suspect that you are a victim of a bat bug assault, the first thing you need to do is to close off and block all bat entry points. When you are done with that, buy a residual insecticidal product. It’s best to go for a dust formulation if you are treating an area that you’re sure you won’t have contact with. Apply the product to all bat harborage places, like your attic, for example. Don’t forget to spread the product in and around the points in your home that lead inside like vents, plumbing, chimneys, and light fixtures. After you’re done, there shouldn’t be a bat bug left alive.
Regardless what crawling intruders you encounter, we have the effective solutions!
We hope you found our article on “Pests that look like bed bugs but aren’t” informative and more importantly – helpful.
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