Recently, there has been a dramatic resurgence of bed bugs worldwide. An increase in international travel, a lack of public awareness, and a growing resistance to pesticides have all contributed to an alarming rise in bed bugs. They can be found almost anywhere, from upscale homes to homeless shelters and many public buildings, including hotels, shopping centres, and schools.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bedbugs are tiny, flat, wingless insects that feed off the blood of animals and humans. Adult bed bugs are reddish brown and can grow as long as 10mm. Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), on the other hand, are translucent or have a yellowish colour and are much smaller—usually 1.5 mm long.
A female bed bug can lay more than 500 eggs during her lifetime. The eggs are white, measuring roughly one millimetre in length, and are found in cracks, crevices, and other hidden areas. They will typically hatch anywhere between 6 to 17 days.
How Bed Bugs Feed and Live
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, preferring to feast on you at night, while you are sleeping. Once they’ve gorged themselves, they scurry back to whatever hiding places they came from, waiting for their next meal.
As opportunistic as these insects are, they are equally as patient when it comes to feeding time. Believe it or not, adult bed bugs can go an entire year without eating—and even longer for older bed bugs.
Bed bugs are elusive parasites, using the cover of the darkness to hide. Plus, their small, flattened bodies make it easy for them to go undetected in the folds of luggage, purses, bags, and clothes. They also like to hide behind wallpaper and inside bedding, box springs, furniture, and even electronics.
Bed Bug Detection
Bite marks are usually your first clear indication of a bed bug problem. But by the time you begin to notice the bites, you may already have a full-blown bed bug infestation on your hands. Other common signs of a beg bug infestation include tiny blood and fecal stains, shed bed bug skins, and eggs.
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