Bed Bugs

Bedbug Overview

TBedbugs. One word can cause a widespread panic, but this panic is mostly from a lack of knowledge, which can be easily fixed.

A misconception about bed bugs is that they are only found in dirty places. This isn’t true. Since they only subsist on blood, it doesn’t matter how clean a space is. They also don’t carry disease. They do leave bites, but these are often mistaken for fleas or mosquitos.

Appearance

What do bedbugs look like? Bedbugs are reddish-brown oval shaped wingless insects that feed on blood, mainly human. Adults can get to the size of an apple seed. They are normally flat, but after feeding, they swell up. They are found mostly in hotels. They can’t fly, but they are incredibly fast. Like their name suggests, they hide in beds and feed mostly during the night. During the day, they hide in walls, in pipes, in electrical circuits, basically any nook or crevice or cranny they can find. They are; however, opportunistic creatures and will bite during the day if they have to.

Life-cycle

Female bedbugs lay three to eight eggs at a time, which hatch in six to 14 days and start feeding immediately. A female bedbug can lay as many as 500 eggs in her lifetime. They mature quickly, from 35 to 48 days. They will shed skin five times before they become an adult. Adults can live up to a year off their last meal. They prefer human blood but will feed on animals if they have to. These include rodents, rabbits, bats, and birds.

Damage

So how do you know it’s bed bugs? First off, fleas bite around the ankles. Bedbugs will bite any exposed skin. Bedbugs will leave blood stains on sheets and pillowcases. They will also leave excrements on bedclothes, mattresses, and walls. They leave egg shells and shed skin around their hiding spots. Finally, they stink. Bedbugs secrete a musty odor from their scent glands that you should be able to sense.

Control

Bedbug infestations are hard to prevent because bedbugs are hard to find. Any action will most likely be a reaction and that reaction needs to be thorough. Vacuum the mattress extensively, making sure to find any and all crevices. Our pest control service specializes in bedbugs. At times we may have to fumigate, other times we may not.

Bedbugs are gross and creepy, but they won’t kill anyone.

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