Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, flattened, oval and wingless and have microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. Adults grow to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they molt and reach maturity. Bed bugs may be mistaken for other insects such as booklice and carpet beetles, or vice-versa.
Environment and Behaviour:
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They typically live in mattresses and box springs and are active at night biting you and your love ones while they sleep.
The life span of bed bugs varies by species and is also dependent on feeding. Although bed bugs can live for a year without feeding, they normally try to feed every five to ten days. In cold weather, bed bugs can live for about a year; at temperatures more conducive to activity and feeding, about 5 months.
Females lay eggs anywhere they wander, either separately or in a grouped and can release one to five eggs per day. Females can lay anywhere from 200 to 500 eggs throughout their lifetime, eggs can take 6-10 days to hatch. At room temperature and with ample food supply, they can live for more than a year.
- Sightings: Adult bed bugs are usually brown in appearance.
- Shedding: As the young bed bug grows it will shed its skin.
- Droppings (defecation): After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces.
Interfering with bed bug bites e.g. scratching and not keeping the bites sanitary and disinfected might lead to a secondary infection which may lead to swelling and bleeding. The young, elderly and individuals with weak immune systems, especially those who are confined to a bed, may develop secondary infections that result from bed bug bites.
G.O.® Pest Control Service technicians will utilize the best tools and science to tackle the sources and treat your bed bug problem in the best way. This implementation method targets bed bugs as well as the bed bug larvae preventing them from maturing into breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults.