Bed Bug Pest Control
Bed Bug Control
Bed Bug Facts
The common bedbug is visible to the naked eyes. Adult bed bugs can be found in the range of brown to reddish-brown and are oval-shaped, flattened, about 1/4 to 5/8 inches in length. Because of their flat shape, they can hide in cracks or crevices. After a blood dinner, the body becomes larger and swollen. Although eggs are not placed on the host, they can be found on surfaces close to where the host sleeps or nests. A beak-like, piercing-sucking mouthpart system is characteristic of bed bugs. Adults have stubby, nonfunctional wings pads. The nymphs just hatching are almost completely colorless and turn brownish with age. Nymphs look like adults. Eggs are about 1/32 inches in length and are white.
While bed bugs are most likely to feed on humans, they can also be found in other animals like birds, mice, rats, and dogs. They usually feed at night but will feed in daylight in rooms that are not being used at night. Bed bugs go through three stages in their life: egg, nymph, then adult. In cracks and crevices of the floor or bed, the females will lay around 200 eggs each day. The eggs are laid by the females after they have had a blood meal. In one to two weeks, eggs will become nymphs. Newly hatched nymphs begin feeding immediately. The nymph’s period can last between 14 and 30 days at room temperature. Before becoming adults, bed bugs shed five times their skin. When they are mature enough to mate, it is possible for them to produce eggs within four to nine weeks.
Bed bugs are not considered to be carriers of disease. While they can suck blood from their hosts using their piercing bites, the bite is usually painless. Due to the salivary fluid that the bed bugs inject into the skin, it may cause irritation or swelling. The bite site may produce a small, hardened, swollen, and white welt. They do not live below the skin. You may experience itching or stinging throughout the day.
Preparing for treatment requires that customers wash and dry bedding at high temperatures. They should also remove any pillows and dry-clean them or replace them. Inspect the mattress for brown or dark spots and then vacuum the mattress, cover, and box springs to remove dust, lint, and other material. The vacuum bag should be removed and placed in a plastic bag.