Adult bed bugs are about 3/16-inchs long and have a rusty red or mahogany colour to them.
Bed bugs are usually flat and thin when they have not found a host to feed on, once they have fed on a host they will plump up and become red when full of blood.
Four-segmented antennae are attached to the head between the prominent compound eyes the three segmented beak, or proboscis is located beneath the head and passes back between the front legs.
The bed bug is incapable of flight but jumps from place to place like a flea would.
When the female bed bug lays her eggs, she uses a clear substance to attach them in cracks and on rough surfaces. Under ideal conditions, eggs will hatch in about seven days and the nymphs (baby bed bugs) willmoltaround five times and will usually take a blood meal between each molt. For nymphs development time is from eggs to adults in around 21 Days. The adult bed bug can liveup to almost one year providing they have an adequate blood source.
Bed bugs will hide in cracks and crevices during the day and usually they prefer to rest on wood and paper surfaces instead of stone and plaster. The bed bug will leave the area that they harbourage at night so they can find a host to feed on.
Bed bugs will need a blood meal which requires three to ten minutes and usually goes unnoticed by the victim.
Once the bed bug has had its meal the area that the bite has occurred will become inflamed and itch severely with people who have sensitive skin.
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Protecting Your Home and Family from Bedbugs
Bed bugs are becoming a significant problem in Australia and around the world as people are travelling more.
Bed bugs are becoming more easily spread and can be difficult to treat resulting in a rapid growth in the number of bed bug outbreaks due to travellers.
The key to eradicating bed bugs is being familiar with the signs and dealing with the problem promptly with a by calling us on 1800 15 30 10 to arrange for a technician to come out and treat all affected areas.
Bed bugs are one of those peststhat are one of the most difficult to eradicate due to their hiding spaces as they can nestle into your clothes and cracks and crevices.
The Impact of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals.
Despite their blood-feeding nature, bed bugs have not been shown to transmit any diseases. However, the fear of bed bug infestations and their bites can lead to emotional distress.
Bed bug bites do not hurt; bites may result in an itchy welt which causes discomfort and can lead to secondary infection of the bite wound due to scratching.
Treating the bites soothes the irritation, but it can still be very distressing when there are multiple bites which sometimes occur with bed bugs.
Identifying Bed Bugs
Adult bedbugs are around 5mm long and before feeding they are a flattened oval shape and usually a light browncolour but once the bed bug has fed they become rounder and a darker red.
Bed bugs do not have wings, but can crawl and jump relatively fast, increasing your chances of other rooms being infected.
A bed bug can complete its development from an egg to and adult in as little as 1 month. A single female can potentially produce 200-500 eggs in her lifetime.
Adult bed bugs can survive approximately 1 year without feeding; immature bed bugs (nymphs) can go 3-4 months without feeding.
Bed bugs are a nocturnal pest and are lured from their hiding spots at night by the warmth of our bodies and carbon dioxide in our breath as we sleep.
They are typically found in bedrooms, hiding in cracks and crevices during the day. However, they can also be found in other places, such as the living room, where people tend to spend large amounts of time.
The most common shelters for bed bugs are in the seams of mattresses, in crevices in the bed frame, behind furniture surrounding the bed (especially the headboard) or where the wall meets the floor.
A more established infestation of the bed bug is associated with dark or black staining of the mattress from bed bug excrement and blood.Some reports suggest that an established bed bug infestation will also be associated with an unpleasant odour.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are unlikely to wake the victim. They can occur anywhere on the body but are often close to blood vessels near the skin.
A single bed bug may bite more than once around the same area. However, bites in different parts of the body may indicate being bitten by several bed bugs.
Symptoms of bed bug bites vary between each individual and, the victim may not yet be sensitized to the bites and therefore may not develop itchy welts.However, small droplets of blood on the sheets may indicate the presence of bed bugs.
Sources of Bed Bug Infestations
Bed bugs usually enter a property carried on clothing, luggage or furniture.
The most common source of bed bugs is to stay at a hotel which already has an infestation. Bed bugs or their eggs get into clothing or suitcases and are then transported home.
It is important to check for signs of bed bugs once you get to your hotel room. If there are any signs of bed bugs when staying at a hotel, particularly being bitten when sleeping or seeing blood spots on sheets, take great care in bringing your personal belongings home. If you suspect bed bugs, hotel staff should be immediately notified.
Consult with hotel management to assess the risk – it may be necessary to launder, fumigate or treat clothes to ensure they are safe. We advise either placing belongings in the freezer or laundering in hot, soapy water and drying in high heat. When moving belongings that may be infested, you should place them in a large garbage bag to lessen the chance of spreading bed bugs throughout your home.
You should also inspect all furniture and mattresses that are brought into your home.
Take Care Not to Spread Bed Bugs
If your home has a bed bug infestation, please do not risk spreading it by taking clothes, suitcases or furniture to hotels or to the homes of your friends and families.
Bed bugs can also migrate to adjoining rooms through wall or floor cavities. If your home has bed bugs and you live in an apartment or condominium, please be considerate to your neighbours and act promptly to avois a huge outbreak of bed bugs.
PESTFREE technicians are highly skilled and go through extensive training to always maintain knowledge and carry out treatments effectively to our customers’ homes or work place.
We have state certified, licensed pest control technicians. They understand the habits of pest species and use that knowledge to choose the proper control methods and materials and to develop an effective control program. They also have respect for you, your home, your family and your time.