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Identifying Bed Bug
Bed Bugs are small insects with oval shaped bodies and beige to brownish bugs known to reside in beds. They feed on human blood when they sleep. If you are curious to know where they come from, they have been living with humans for about 3,300 years. They can be found in literally every place people tend to gather, including homes, hotels, schools, offices and even public transportations.
Bed Bugs only feed on blood and needs to have regular blood meals to stay alive and develop. Humans blood are not the only blood meal Bed Bugs are after. They can target many other warm blooded animals, such as poultry, dogs, cats, bats and birds. Although, 20 to 400 days is how long BedBugs survive without food.
Bed Bugs are excellent “hitch hikers,” and able them to travel great distances. They latch tightly onto luggage bags, apparels, bedsheets and Bed Bugs can live and land on anywhere these items are taken. This is the reason why Bed Bugs are spread so easily. The early signs of Bed Bug should never be taken lightly.
It is normally difficult to identify Bed Bug bites, as they are often confused with flea bites or mosquito bites. It can make infestations harder to identify and not acting fast may allow the population to grow. Having the knowledge of how Bed Bug infestations begins and what a they look is essential to avoiding infestation.
What A Bed Bug Looks Like?
Identifying Bed Bugs is very important to be sure that you avoid transporting them with you. They have an oval shape body similar to an apple seed and grow to around 3/16″ in length. Before feeding, they are beige to brown in colour and looks rather flat. After a meal, they become brownish red in colour, fatter, and longer.
They have 6 legs, 2 antennae and a set of wings “wing pads,” but cannot fly. The adult Bed Bugs can be seen with the naked eye, especially in between mattress seams and box springs. The Nymphs are harder to locate and identify, for they are much smaller in size and pale in colour.
Both Nymphs and Adults Bed Bug commonly feed during the night. They hides very well in dark cracks and crevices during the day time. They usually hide in places that are located within a few feet from places where human sleep or rest.
Places like along the mattress seams and beneath the bedsheet covers or in box springs. They can be found hidden in joints for the bed frames, behind headboards, under loose, wallpaper, picture frames and within furniture. Bed Bugs loves to harbourage on materials made of wood material, old newspaper and fabrics.
Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
BedBugs, how to tell if the infestation is severe and how do they start an infestation in your home? They travel on apparels, on bedsheets, in luggage bags, and more. If they are passed on by bedsheets or clothing and not taken care of immediately, they will continue spreading. They are commonly identified by small reddish marks and dark spots faecal on mattresses, furniture or walls.
If these are found, it can be a clear indication of an infestation. BedBug bites on the back of the arms and legs, these are usually a tell-tale sign. And the zigzag pattern are easy to spot and more often than usual the BedBug bites on the neck. It takes 2 to 3 days for the red bumps to appear, giving ample of time for the infestation to start.
However, having BedBug bites symptoms or an allergic reaction from the bites alone is not a clear indication an infestation. Infestations can be identified through the finding of Bed Bugs molt skins, Bed Bug eggs, eggshells, or the bugs itself. All of the things are quite tiny, but visible to the naked eye. The molt skins and their eggshells are lily white after molting or leaving the eggshell, respectively.
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Bed Bug Before Feeding
Bed Bugs can live without a blood meal for 20 to 400 days, depending on the surrounding temperature. The older instars stages of Nymphs can survive longer without a blood meal than younger ones. Adults Bed Bug can survive up to one year or more.
Bed Bug After Feeding
They can gain to 6 times their weight after a blood meal that takes around 3 to 10 minutes. People are not aware they have been bitten until later. Bites happens when people are asleep, and Bed Bugs will inject anaesthetics during feeding.
Bed Bugs Eggs
The eggs an adult female lays are coated to allows them to stick to literally any surface. Those older than 5 days will appear to have a dark mark looking like eyes. The eggs can be found as individually or in clusters, and hatches after 10 days. The room temperature can influence when eggs hatch.
Bed Bugs Empty Eggshells
The Bed Bugs eggs are commonly found close to the beds, given that they feed mainly on human blood. They can be located on mattress seams, box spring and even behind the headboards. Sometimes attached to the walls or furniture and lookout for a musty odor they give out.
Bed Bug Skin Shell
Bed Bugs goes through a molting period as part of their lifecycle. Once they have molted, the Bed Bug shells or casing are left behind. Evidently, if you see lots of these scattered, there is a possibility that you are facing a Bed Bug infestation.
Bed Bug Bite Pattern
Some may notice only a single bite, while other may have several bites will appearing in a zig zag line. The same BedBug can bite 2 different individuals. And one can have no reaction while the other suffers extreme reaction with swell and itchy bumps.
Bed Bugs Blood Stains
The blood stains are usually small, dark red in colour, and round or smeared. They occur during feeding on a blood meal and found on pillowcase or bed sheets. It is also possible that they are crushed when you lay down.
Bed Bugs Fecal Matters
They looks like black ink stains and can be found on your mattresses, bed frames, or box springs. If the spots smears upon contact, it may be a Bed Bug faeces. They usually leave their droppings close by their feeding ground.
Bed Bug Control
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs Permanently?
Bed Bugs are extremely evasive creatures, with a Specialist help you can overcome an infestation. You should not even try to get rid of them on your own. As 76 percent of pest control professionals says they are the toughest bug to eradicate. If you suspect an infestation, Innovative Pest Control Services immediately.