Bed Bugs Identification
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What’s a Bed Bug?
The earliest and most accurate method to identify a possible bed bug infestation is to look for physical signs.
Examine surfaces when cleaning and changing bedding, and check suitcases and clothing when you travel. Look for the following physical signs:
- Dark spots, which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker.
- Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and white.
- Skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
- Rusty or reddish stains on bedsheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
- Live bed bugs.
All bed bugs need blood to develop and survive. Bed bugs inject an anti-coagulant and an anesthetic so the bite is not felt until the blood flows. The blood is sucked via the cutting mouthparts and is later expelled out as a dark staining fecal liquid. It usually takes five to ten minutes for a bed bug to become completely filled with blood.
Bed Bug Facts
When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places – not just beds. Bed bugs can be found in beds near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard. If the room is heavily infested, you’ll find bed bugs in the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains, in drawer joints, in electrical receptacles and appliances, under loose wallpaper and wall hangings – even in the head of a screw.
When bed bugs become a nuisance our Bed Bug Control Service will exterminate them.
Bed Bug Life Cycle
Female bed bugs may lay 1-5 eggs per day until they produce about 200 eggs. The eggs may hatch in 6-10 days in warm weather or heated buildings. Nymphs emerge, and try to find a blood meal. When they do, they will go through five nymphal molt stages and become adults. This usually takes about 35-48 days. The adults may survive for long periods of time in empty houses, waiting for their favorite meal – man. Well-fed adults can live up to a year and a half.