Bedbugs are parasitic insects that feed on blood. The name “bedbugs” is derived from the insect’s preferred habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bedbugs live in many places throughout the bedroom. Bedbugs are normally active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal and are capable of feeding on their hosts without being noticed. Bedbugs mainly infest dwellings, via people or pets visiting infested areas, such as houses, subways, cinemas, hotels etc and carrying the bedbugs to other areas on their clothing, luggage or bodies.
Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favorable conditions the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.
Bedbugs are not the most severe of pests but are highly unpleasant to those in contact with them, causing bites and irritation to the skin. Bedbug bites, can cause itching, insomnia, and anxiety, allergic reactions, rashes and infections of the skin and lymph glands.
Bed Bug Basic
This pest gets its name from the fact that it is usually found in close proximity to beds. That’s because bed bugs need the blood of warm-blooded animals to survive.
Unfortunately, bed bugs can mature in about 35 days. They then live about seven to 12 months. This makes bed bug removal difficult to do without the help of a professional.
Where To Find Bedbugs
Bedbugs can be found in and around bedrooms, in cracks and crevices, floor-wall junctions, behind skirting boards, in light fittings, and normally within 5 feet of a bed. Blood spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings are classic signs of a bedbug infestation. The presence of live bedbugs is the only proof of an active bedbug infestation.
Once you are infested by bedbugs, they can be extremely difficult to eradicate without the help of an experienced pest control professional, specially trained in bedbug control, and the knowledge of how to get rid of bedbugs.
The Bed Bug Bite
Bed bugs primarily feed on humans sleeping in bed at night. The bite is painless, and the blood meal takes about 10 minutes.
Bed Bugs On The Hunt
How do bed bugs find hosts while they are asleep? Body heat, the carbon dioxide from exhaled breath and other biological signatures help focus the bed bugs on unsuspecting, snoozing hosts.
The bed bug feeds, then retreats back to its place of harborage for days or even weeks before coming back out. This can make detection difficult until the infestation is well established.
Bedbugs have become resistant to many forms of bedbug pest control that were effective against them before, so using our bedbug control specialists at Total Pest Control Service, you can be reassured that we only use, the latest, safest and most effective bedbug treatments on the market.
The bedbug treatment we use at Total Pest Control Service, does not instantly kill of all the bedbugs in the treated structure, it will take at least 3-5 weeks for the bedbugs to gradually die off, this is because bedbugs are affected only when they come into contact with the treated surfaces, and as they do not feed on a daily basis, so it may take a few weeks for all of the bedbugs to be eradicated. It takes only treatment to totally eradicate all of the bedbugs.