Description of what are bed bugs
Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed.
After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish colour. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings and find a place to hide in cracks of old furniture, in the crevices of mattresses or the bedhead.
The Female Bed Bug Breeding Cycle
This is where it starts to get very interesting as we discuss the breeding cycle; you see female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime.
Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under favourable conditions, the bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and produce three or more generations per year.
What Happens When Bedbugs Bite
Bedbugs are active at night and usually bite people while they are sleeping. They feed by first anesthetize
the area they have chosen, so you don’t feel a thing normally before piercing the skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated beak.
The bugs feed on three to 10 minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.
Most bedbug bites are painless at first but later turn into itchy welts, which the victim cannot help but keep scratching.
Unlike flea bites mainly around the ankles, bedbug bites are on any area of skin exposed while sleeping. Also, the bites do not have a red spot in the centre like flea bites do.
People who don’t realize they have a bedbug infestation may attribute the itching and welts to other causes, such as mosquitoes.
To confirm bedbug bites, you must find and identify the bugs themselves.
Common Hiding Areas For Bed Bugs
You will need to carry out a full inspection; if not, you will do your treatment then miss a nest or hiding location. Below are the most popular hiding spots for bed bugs and should be your first inspection point.
- Mattress encasements
- Pillows and pillowcases
- Sofa and cushions
- Recliners and furniture
- Bed posts and wooden frames
- Dresser drawers
- Electrical wall outlets
- Window sills
- Picture frames
How to get rid of them is a real task.
While you may have treated your bed or couch. What about the sheets that may have eggs that you can’t see. This is where a common bed bug infestation gets re-born again.
Below are all the things you will want to strip off and wash in high heat or steam heat. When drying, it is the hottest cycle; the dryer will go for the larger items; they will need direct sunlight.
- Bed linens
- Linens left in closets
- Mattress encasements
- Couch cushion covers
- Clothing in the dresser
- Towels in bath
To protect yourself further from re-infestation, when you empty the vacuum cleaner, ensure that you place it in a plastic bag and tie the top before throwing it into the garbage.
Now you know what bed bugs and, more importantly, how to get rid of them are! The washing and cleaning process above should be repeated in 10-14 days to ensure that the bed bugs have gone.
But if this looks like a whole lot of work (which it is!), you can call our team at A1 Pest Control Canberra on 0407 065 413, and we will come out to treat your property and advise of follow up treatment.