Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are nocturnal and use their piercing-sucking mouth parts to draw blood from their victim while they sleep. The saliva from a Bed Bug acts as both a numbing agent and anticoagulant. This allows the Bed Bug to feed uninterrupted without waking its host.

What do Bed Bugs look like?

Bed Bug Exterminators- Senate Pest & Termite Control in Northern Virginia & MarylandBed Bug size and color depend on age. Newly hatched Bed Bugs that have not yet received a blood meal are clear-creamy white and roughly half the size of a grain of rice. Adults are reddish-brown and are roughly the size of a watermelon seed. All Bed Bug stages have six legs and a pair of short antenna.

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How do you get Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs are excellent hitchhikers! They travel with humans on their clothes, in their luggage, and even in their hair. Bed Bugs can be found anywhere people are found. This means on public transportation, movie theaters, schools, hotels, airplanes, doctors offices, and just about anywhere else you can imagine. Most commonly, Bed Bugs are brought into a home after someone has traveled to a Bed Bug infested place. The Bed Bugs conceal themselves in the traveler’s luggage during their stay and are carried back home once the trip is over.  However, they can also just as easily come home tucked behind the collar of a shirt after a night at your local movie theater.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I see Bed Bugs?

Yes, even the smallest Bed Bugs are visible to the naked eye.

How long can Bed Bugs live without feeding?

Under optimal field conditions, adults may live for up to 1 year. Nymphs or young may not be able to survive as long.

Are Bed Bugs only found in beds?

No! In fact, we find as many Bed Bugs in the furniture surrounding beds as we do on beds.

What are the tiny dark spots on the mattress from?

If you have Bed Bugs, those clusters of black spots that resemble pepper are actually dried Bed Bug feces.

Do chemical treatments kill Bed Bugs?

Yes. Our Bed Bug exterminators use highly effective products that have been proven to control bed bugs.

Do you just spray for Bed Bugs?

No. Applying products is a very small portion of our Bed Bug treatment strategy. We use a wide variety of non-chemical methods to help eliminate Bed Bugs. These methods include steam, physical barriers, heat, and physical removal.

Is treating with heat the only way to get rid of Bed Bugs?

No. While heat is highly effective, it provides no lasting protection and can be costly. However, in some cases, Bed Bug heat treatment may be the best option. If so, our staff will work with you and our trusted partner in Thermal Remediation to provide a solution

If you suspect a problem with Bed Bugs, contact Senate Termite Control at 301.977.1415 or emails us at

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