What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals, especially humans. They are small and wingless, and they consist of two main species scientifically known as Cimex hemipterus and Cimex lectularius. These two species prefer humans as their hosts. Bed bugs were first discovered some 3,500 years ago in Egyptian tombs. Over the years, they have evolved and adapted to human environments.
Their habit of staying around human beds and feeding on humans while we sleep is what earned them their name, Bed Bugs. They can be found everywhere including hotels, homes, apartments, offices, schools, public transportation, vehicles, even retail stores.
Finding a bed bug in your home or on your personal belongings simply indicates that there are more. Once you notice a bed bug around your property, it’s best to call on professionals to help determine the best bed bug treatment that will eradicate them before they become a bigger threat.
Bed bugs reproduce by laying eggs. Adult bed bugs grow up to 0.25 inches long and they are usually flattened or oval in shape when they aren’t feeding. Feeding makes them appear larger. In fact they can double in size after they’ve fed. Newborn bed bugs, also known as nymphs or hatchlings, come in smaller sizes (1.3mm – 5mm). Eggs, hatchlings, and adults can all be seen with the naked eye.
Unfed adults are have a mahogany color, while fed adults have a red-brown color. Nymphs or hatchlings are nearly colorless. Bed bugs have antennae, six legs, and can be found throughout the US.
IN JUST 6 MONTHS…
Female bed bug
IN JUST 6 MONTHS…
Female bed bug
WHERE ARE BED BUGS FOUND?
Although bed bugs can feed on any animal, as long as it’s warm-blooded, they prefer feeding on humans. They like to hide in crevices and small cracks that are close to human environments. Bed bugs can be found anywhere:
Homes or Apartments
Hotels & Motels
They can also survive in alternative or temporary habitats such as car seats, backpacks, suitcases, buses, and train seats.
While these insects usually do not transmit any kind of disease, their bites can become itchy, growing into red welts, which may attract bacteria. It’s best to have a professional provide you with a bed bug treatment rather than purchasing a solution over the counter.
HOW DO YOU GET BED BUGS?
Bed bugs are great travelers and amazing hitchhikers! They will do anything to ensure that they are close to their food source. Because of this, most infestations happen when people visit other infested areas. Bed bugs hide in boxes, suitcases, wardrobes, in between clothes, wallpaper, switch-plates, picture frames, box springs, mattresses, buses, cars, or even in shoes to ensure they are not far from their food supply.
Bedbugs usually come out during the night to get their food from sleeping humans or animals. However, that doesn’t stop them from grabbing a daytime opportunity, especially if the area is extremely infested. These bugs usually take between five and ten minutes to get their blood fill. After getting their fill, they’ll go to their hiding spots and remain there for five to ten days. During this hiding period, they digest their blood meal, mate, and reproduce by laying eggs.
Bedbugs may look tiny or almost invisible, but the thing is, you don’t want them settling in your home. These creatures know how to settle down and multiply fast. A female bed bug can lay up to seven eggs per week and these eggs can grow into adult bed bugs in just 3-5 weeks. In just six months, you can have a full bed bug infestation comprising of 69,000 eggs, 121,000 hatchlings, and 7,800 adults! You see why you need to get rid of bed bugs as soon as possible.
BED BUGS TREATMENT & PREVENTION
How quickly do bed bug infestations grow? See the table below to learn how quickly they multiply.
Always be sure to vacuum your boxes, suitcases, and back packs after returning from a vacation.
Ensure that you carefully examine any second hand furniture, mattress, or furnishings before bringing them into your home.
Check your bed sheets regularly as bed bugs can leave tell-tale blood spots on the mattress and bed sheets.
Remember that bed bugs are quite smart and elusive. So it’s always best to seek professional help for the removal of these pests. This is the best course of bed bugs treatment. Professionals like We Buy Bed Bugs use K9 dogs that are specially trained to detect bed bugs. Plus, we know how to kill bed bugs in just 24 hours.
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