What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are a type of small bug or pest which lives in our home and is parasitic in nature. There are two different species of bed bugs that bite humans. One is known as the common bed bug and the additional one is called tropical bed bug. The only food on which bed bugs survive is human blood or blood of every other warm-blooded creatures like rats, rabbits, parrots etc.
How Fast Do Bed Bugs Reproduce?
In one single day, a female bed bug may place about five eggs. During its entire lifespan a lady bed bug lays close to 500. The laid eggs are hatched after one or two weeks. An infant bed bug is as tiny as a poppy seed. It requires bloodstream to give food to immediately after birth to get nutrition for its development and growth. It undergoes five molting stages prior to it reaching maturity. At every stage, it needs one feeding in order to pass into the next stage. At normal room temperature, the nymph requires five days to transform into an adult.
How Big is a Bed Bug?
The size of an adult bed bug is about one–fourth of an inch. It has a oval–shaped body and does not possess any wings. The body is thin and flattened. Because they are wingless, they cannot fly but they can run extremely fast. The common colors of mattress bugs is rust dark brown but it sometimes becomes reddish brown after intake of blood. The mouth portion is modified in such a manner that it can pierce the skin as well as suck blood. They can identify their feeding site from the warmth of the host’s entire body and in the carbon dioxide exhausted by them. They do not dwell on human body but just come in contact for the purpose of food. They are capable of duplication only after reaching the actual adult stage.
Where Do Bed Bugs Live?
As suggested by its name, bed bugs live in mattresses, sofas, and in other pieces of furnishings. They mainly invade the resting areas of the homes. Bed bugs tend to keep close contact with each other and are found to be highly energetic during the nights. They come out during the day time in search of food only if they are very hungry, even though these bugs have the ability to reside for a long period of time without any food. When bed bugs are disturbed they find some dark locations such as cracks and fissures and enter into them to protect themselves. Their squashed body makes it easy for them to find concealing places to enter. The most preferred hiding areas of mattress bugs tend to be box springtime, floor planks, loose picture, frame of the bed as well as sleeping mattresses.
Detection of bed insects is a difficult task as they hide themselves in narrow crevices. Spotting of blood on mattresses and furniture is one sign of bed bug infestation. The sickly odor that comes from bed bugs helps to determine their presence.
How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Pest management would need to be done to get rid of this menace from the house. If our houses are kept untidy and disorganized after that the possibility of pests by mattress bugs raises to a great extent. And as we know, prevention is better than cure. Therefore, it is very important to maintain the rooms and furnishings clean and well-organized, so as to keep them free from mattress bugs.
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