Think you might have bed bugs?

Suspicious marks (bites) and unexplained rashes could mean bed bugs are present in your home or office.  Don’t wait to seek help, bed bugs get comfortable quick and an infestation can grow seemingly overnight. Learn more about G&H bed bug thermal remediation.

Bed bugs are parasitic, which means they feed on the blood of a host (you).  Bed bugs are smart, they don’t just stay on the bed waiting.  Depending on the level of the infestation, bed bugs can infest bed mattresses, headboards, nightstands, couches and other fabric furniture.  Most bed bug infestations are within a couple feet of their human blood meal host.

Bed bugs are an extremely uncomfortable problem to have. You don’t have to be a “dirty and unkempt” person to get bed bugs either, anyone can get them. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and they love to travel! Learn more about G & H Bed Bug thermal remediation.

Yes, the name is bed bug but the bed isn’t the only place you can find them.  Bed bugs can successfully travel across the country and even internationally to new countries. If they can do all that, they can certainly travel around the apartment, home or office.  Bed bugs can be found in couches, furniture such as desks, and dressers. Depending on the size of the infestation they can hide behind décor on the walls.  It’s important to just be aware of where and when the suspicious bits are occurring.

The life cycle of a bed bug

During its lifetime, a bed bug will go through the following stages 

  • Eggs (1mm).
  • 1st stage nymph (1.5 mm)
  • 2nd stage nymph (2 mm)
  • 3rd stage nymph (2.5 mm)
  • 4th stage nymph (3 mm)
  • 5th stage nymph (4.5 mm)
  • Unfed adult
  • Fed adult

Eggs Bed Bug eggs are grain like and white in color.  Their minuscule size makes them hard to detect to an untrained eye, egg size is about 1 mm in length. Bed bugs will lay between 1 and 5 eggs per day and eggs can be in clusters or individually.   Bed bug eggs can be found in tight cracks and crevices for added protection. Within two weeks the eggs will hatch and immature bed bugs will be searching for their first blood meal.

Nymph Bed bug nymphs go through 5 stages before reaching maturity. At each stage the bed bug will molt, in order for a bed bug to molt to the next stage it will require a blood meal.  Advancing through nymph stages doesn’t take long, about 21 days before reaching full adulthood. Adult bed bugs are capable of surviving for months without a blood meal.

Adults Unfed adult bed bugs are a dark rusty brown color, thin oval shape similar to an apple seed.

Fed adult bed bug are a red brown color and their body becomes elongated and engorged after consuming a blood meal.

Feeding Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide that is emitted by their host.  This is why bed bugs typically tend to feed during the night on exposed skin. However, if the area is heavily infested or the opportunity arrives during the day, they won’t pass up a potential meal.

It takes about 5-10 mins for a bed bug to consume its blood meal, after which it will be engorged and seek secluded shelter where it will hide out for 5-10 days.  During this period, the bed bug will be digesting its meal, mating and laying eggs.

How They Eat Bed bugs have two beak like tubes that they use to consume a blood meal.  The first tube will inject the host with the bed bug’s saliva which contains an anesthetic, this will help numb the area and often times the bite will go unnoticed during the feed.  The second tube is used for drawing up blood.

Bed Bugs are one of the most robust pests encountered in the pest industry.  Over the years bed bugs have advanced their immunity and have developed a high resistance to today’s current pest products, making it next to impossible to handle the problem on your own.  Store bought products simply do not work. Professional treatment is needed to completely eradicate bed bugs.

 How did I get bed bugs?

Bed Bugs are great hitchhikers and they’re sneaky too.  Bed bugs can be picked up pretty much anywhere people come and go..

  • Hotels, Motels
  • Airports
  • Movie theaters
  • Libraries
  • Thrift stores/ craigslist/ second-hand furniture and clothing
  • Waiting rooms
  • Hospitals, assisted living facilities,
  • Churches
  • College dorms
  • Shelters

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