What’s flat, reddish brown, oval shaped, the size of an apple seed as an adult, and can live without food for a year?  BEDBUGS!  That’s what!  These creatures feast off you during your sleep, which is how they got their name.  They are nocturnal, so they spring into action while you’re asleep, feasting on exposed skin.  Some people don’t feel a thing, while others do.

These pests have elongated beaks that they use to pierce the skin, then they extract your blood.

Their goal is to find a good blood vessel and it may take more than one injection, to find one. This is not initially painful and doesn’t wake you.  The impact of the bites may go unnoticed for hours or even days.  They can “eat” for a good ten minutes at a time, so the number of bits has nothing to do with how many hungry pests were involved.

The next morning, you may develop some itching, red welts, and swelling.  Some experience a burning sensation.  In extreme cases, bites can become blister-like, and a rash can develop.  If this doesn’t clear up in a day or two, seek medical help.  Sometimes with scratching, a secondary infection can occur especially with kids, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system.

Although bedbugs can go for periods of time without eating, they must eat during each stage of life.  Young nymphs can survive weeks without food.  They molt five times before adulthood, and older nymphs can go for longer periods of time without a meal than the younger ones.

The females do need to eat more in order to produce eggs.  They lay one to five eggs per day, which hatch six to ten days later.  It’s possible to lay 200-500 eggs in a lifetime.

Once they get established in your home, it is difficult to do away with them.  It does require a thorough cleaning and special repeated treatments.  It’s really best to call in the professionals. Our pest control company can give you a free bed bug inspection. We have been handling all types of pest control issues for over 30 years. We provide both commercial and residential pest extermination services and are eager to help you do away with the pests in your life. Call our Troy, MI office today at 248-569-8001!

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