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Bed bugs are tiny in size, oval in shape and brownish in color. Similar to mosquitoes, the feed and live on the blood of pets, animals and humans. A fully grown bed bug has flat bodies with the size of about the size of apple seed. After feeding on blood, their flat bodies swell up into a reddish oval shape.
Bed Bugs can’t fly, but are able to move really quickly over flat surfaces. The females can lay up to hundreds of super tiny eggs over its lifetime.
In their nymphs stage, bed bugs shed their skins up to five times before they reach maturity and only require to feed on blood once before each shedding. If the condition of which they grow is favorable, bed bugs can grow and develop to full adult size in as little as one month. From there, they are able to produce three or more productions per year.
While bed bugs are a nuisance, they don’t transmit diseases (unlike most blood sucking pests).
Bed Bug’s Hideout
Thanks to its tiny bodies, bed bugs gains entry into your house undetected by tagging onto the luggage, your clothing, used beds and sofas. The flat body make it possible to squeeze into tiny spaces and gaps in the wall.
These little suckers do not have nests like the bees, but tend to live in groups, hiding in narrow places. Typically on the edges of mattresses, box springs, at the bed frames and even headboard. In other words, places with easy access to humans attracts them.
There are chances that they may eventually scatter off and spread through the bedroom, moving into crevice where they are more protected. They may even wander off to rooms or apartments nearby.
Bed bugs live solely on blood (unlike mosquitoes), hence having them at home might not always be a sign of dirtiness.
When Do Bed Bugs Feed
Bed bugs are mainly active in the night when humans activities at the lowest. Usually when people are asleep where they can feed by piercing through the skin and sucking the blood through it’s elongated beak. Bed bugs feed for about 3 to 10 minutes before crawling away discreetly.
Bites of Bed bugs
Similar to the mosquito bite, most bites by bed bug are painless at first, but can later turn into annoying little itchy welts. Their bites are usually on any part of skin that’s exposed while sleeping.
Most people that’s bitten by bed bugs for the first time usually thinks that the itching bites and welts are caused by more common bugs like the mosquitoes. The best way to confirm if its a bed bug bite, is to actually see and catch one.
Spotting A Bed Bugs Infestation
Waking up with itchy spots on your body that was not there before you head to sleep is probably the first tell tale sign of bed bugs.
Blood stains found on bed sheets and pillowcases are another obvious way to identify presence of bed bugs in action. They may also leave dark or rusty spots on the bed sheets and mattresses.
Also look out for fecal spots and egg shells or even musty odor given out from the pests’ scent glands.
Examine seams of the bed wooden framing and check other areas like around the bed, inside books, electronic devices, at the edge of your carpet, and even in your closet.