Bed bugs are resilient little creatures that, for some time, many folks believed to have stopped existing. Bed bugs are however still very common and continue to antagonize us in every country around the world. Their sneaky behaviour and quick reproductive cycle make these pests very difficult to deal with without professional help. If you suspect bed bug activity, please give bed bug removal Toronto a call and we’ll solve your problem.
Bed bugs are unfortunately very common all around the world. These pests have existed for millions of years, feeding on the blood of humans and animals. Bed bugs are flat, brown, oval-shaped insects that look a lot like apple seeds at first glance. Their small, flat physique enables them to hide very effectively in human beds, from which they come out at night to feed. Bed bugs often go unnoticed because they release a numbing chemical into their victims’ bloodstreams when they bite. This avoids waking up their victims as they feed. Bed bugs are usually found in groups and reproduce very quickly.
Bed bug eggs are tiny, white, and oval in shape. These eggs measure only 1mm long and hatch in merely 6 to 10 days. Bed bug eggs are commonly laid in deep crevices, such as within the seams of a mattress or inside a box spring. Eggs can also be found in other bed bug hiding spots such as within the bedside table or power outlet. A single female bed bug can produce as many as 500 eggs in her lifetime, which is less than a year long. As soon as they are hatched, newborn bed bugs, also known as nymphs, search for a blood meal.
Because bed bugs are so quick to reproduce and their eggs hatch in no time at all, it is important to act fast if you’ve witnessed any bed bug activity. Call a pest removal technician immediately if you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home or place of work. A licensed technician will use commercial-grade insecticide that is much more effective than the kinds you can buy in stores. These insecticides also have a residual effect to catch any lingering bed bugs that may hatch later after the treatment. He or she may also apply a steam treatment to your mattress, which will eliminate the bed bugs at any stage of the lifecycle.
It does not take bed bug eggs long to hatch. If you think you may have spotted an egg, consider collecting it and putting it in a sealed plastic bag for an exterminator to identify. You can also look for other signs of an infestation, such as tiny black droppings, or smears of blood on the bed sheets. Small, itchy round bumps on the skin are also a sign of bed bugs. Call pest extermination today (647-496-2211) if you think there are bed bugs in your home – we guarantee to get rid of them.