BED BUG BITES

Bed Bug Bites can be very unsightly and can cause a lot of unwanted embarrassment. Good sanitation and reducing the amount of exposed skin on the body will help slow down the feeding and maturation. Increased feeding and the amount of time these insects have been feeding will determine how heavy the Bed Bug population is in your home or business. Once you reach that maturation threshold the reproduction stage will begin. A female Bed Bug usually places her eggs in clusters. the eggs are small and approximately 1mm in size, they are pure white and will eventually develop a brown spot. These eggs will take 7 to 10 days to hatch

THE NYMPH STAGES

As soon as the Bed Bugs hatch they will immediately start foraging for food. Regrettably their food source will humans and pets. The primary food source is humans but will feed on pets if humans are not available. Pets will rapidly become dinner for these pests.Newly hatched bed bugs are translucent  and beige in color and after the first feeding they will turn reddish in color. As they mature they will shed their exoskeleton following the nymph stage.

Bed Bugs typical feed during the night time and humans almost never notice their bites when bitten. Bites will cause allergic reactions caused by the proteins in the Bed Bug’s saliva. Bed Bug bites cause red itchy spots on the skin and will itch for 3 to 4 days or longer.

ADULT BED BUGS

Young Bed Bug Hatchlings will start laying eggs after 5 weeks. When the population reaches this point the population will reproduce exponentially. Females will lay three to five eggs everyday. Now the population will leave Primary areas and invade Secondary and Tertiary areas in a short period of time.

 

Adult Bed Bugs are flat, oval shape, and reddish brown in color. Their bodies will become elongated after feeding.Bed Bugs will feed 5 to 10 minutes every few days to stay satisfied, but will go for very long periods of time without blood meals if food is not available.

 

Bed Bugs will live for 12 to 18 months, that means  a female nan lay approximately 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime. Keep in mind that it only takes 6 to 8 weeks for each egg to hatch and grow into a full grown adult. In her lifetime each female bud bug can provide multiple generations of insects in your home or business.Bed Bugs will collect in clusters in small crevices, usually near Beds in the home. Because the Bed Bugs are so thin they will find homes in crevices throughout the home. If you see a cluster in your home it might mean that you already have an unhealthy population of Bed Bugs.

 

WILL BED BUGS DIE OFF ON THEIR OWN?

Regrettably Bed Bugs are engineered too survive. and it is almost impossible for them to die on their own. Even if you leave your home for long period of time they will survive with no food available. The Bed Bugs will be waiting for humans to return. Bed Bug’s in the Nymph stage will go up to 3 months without feeding and adult Bed Bugs up to one year.

CHECK BED BUG HIDING PLACES

If you feel that you have Bed Bugs. Look for signs and check these places to determine how heavy the population is. Following the sightings, other signs of a Bed Bug infestation will be.

 

  • Bed Bug molted skins – molted skins can be the first sign that the bed bug population has passed the threshold. Nymphs will shed their skins 5 times before they are finished maturing. The skins will look like live bed bugs but will appear clear and translucent.
  • Excrement or waste – when bed bugs finish feeding they leave behind blood and waste. The spots will be black in color, and will be found in groups. If the population is not that large the spots may be difficult to find.

 

  WHERE SHOULD I LOOK?

  1.           Around seams and ropes on the mattresses
  2.           Under the tags on the mattresses
  3.           Behind the headboards
  4.           Behind pictures, or loose wallpaper
  5.           Around baseboards and doorframes
  6.           On ceiling moldings

 

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