Bed Bugs are very small; adults are no larger than an eraser head on a pencil. They’re long oval and flat before feeding, can be translucent and brownish, reddish after feeding and Bed Bugs will only feed on blood.
Females can lay 1 to 5 eggs per day, eggs hatch within ten days and an adult can grow in as little as 21 days and Adult Bed Bugs can live well over a year with a meal. The first instar nymphs can not and may be able to live Between a few days to 90 days. This is based on our studies conducted at Freedom Pest Control based in New York City.
Bed Bugs will hide in cracks and crevices, baseboards, wallpaper, peeling paint, curtains, stuff animals, nearly anywhere in your home, not only your mattress, box spring or sofa. The generally have no limits to where they can hide in a home or apartment.
Why the resurgence?
Travel, secondhand furniture, bug control practices, the list goes on. What is significant is that they are here and they do not discriminate.
The Bed Bug Bite
Bed Bug bite marks change, and some people can react seriously to them. Bites can seem like hives, warts, bee sting type swelling while others will barely have any reactions. If you experience severe bite marks or any break in the skin, seek medical aid to stop any secondary infections customarily due to scratching after the bite. At this time it is not conclusively known if Bed Bugs broadcast illness. (lowrisk)Bed (Bugs do have a preference of who they bite in the home, reasons unknown at this time).
Treatment is highly advocated by a professional, over the counter products are available for do it yourself. We seriously advised you despite what you will have read on the Internet do not BOMB! NO BOMBING, NO FOGGING!!!
Bed Bug Feeding Habits
Bed bugs are drawn to carbon-dioxide, which is produced by humans, heat and human scent. The insect bites by piercing the skin of its host with the utilising of two miniscule hollow tubes. It then injects its saliva, which contains dynamic anesthetics and anticoagulants to numb the area and water down the blood for feeding. The bed bug then starts to extract a blood meal. The feeding process can take anywhere from three to ten minutes and after it’s done, it quickly returns to its place as bed bugs are not understood to be as companionable as ants. It is also necessary to note that adult bed bugs can live as long as 18 months without feeding. Nonetheless younger insects,eg instar nymphs, should eat in the first 30 days of their life to survive. Some nymphs can survive longer, though not 12 to 18 months as adults can.
Cesar Soto is the founder of Fredom Pest Control NYC and is noted as being one of the most recognized Bed Bug Experts in New York with over 10 years of expertise in the pest control industry. Liberty Pest Elimination NYC is also one of the first Bug Control Corporations with a NESDCA Bed Bug Detection Dog in NY.