Bed Bugs are becoming an increasing problem throughout the world as many travelers have encountered them in hotels on holidays or business trips. They can cause psychological and physical harm to humans by leaving itching, irritating bites that spread panic upon waking up from a night’s sleep. For businesses and commercial properties, they can cripple an establishments reputation after an outbreak. We at Exterminator Pest Control can help you identify a Bed Bug problem as our technicians are highly trained with the latest and greatest bug detection technology and then treatment plans to effectively rid you of the infestation and prevent future infestations.
Species and Identification of Bed Bugs:
The appearance of a Bed Bug is:
- Bed bugs are around 5 to 6mm long before a blood meal extending to about 7mm when fully engorged.
- Oval and flattened from back to underside with thick, well-developed legs. Bed bugs do not have wings.
- Their mouths are pointed for piercing and sucking.
- Adult bed bugs are rusty red-brown in color.
- Eggs are whitish cream, getting darker as they hatch to larvae.
- Their shed skins are lighter brown and look like flaky exoskeletons.
The Lifecycle of a Bed Bug:
- Bed bugs lay 200 – 500 eggs over a 2 month period in batches of 10 to 50.
- The adult female must have a blood meal before egg-laying.
- The eggs are usually laid in crack and crevices and can be attached to items of furniture or fittings in clusters by a transparent substance.
- There are 7 stages to the lifecycle from egg to fully grown adult which can be from 45 days but may be up to a year.
- The typical life span of a bed bug is about 50 days to over a year depending on favourable conditions.
- They can survive for weeks to months without feeding.