Bed bugs are sneaky little pests that seem to appear out of thin air. They travel from one place to the next by clinging onto our belongings and hiding in our furniture. Like vampires, they quietly come out at night to suck on our blood. Bed bugs have adapted to hide extremely well and reproduce fast enough to become a real problem in any household. If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home or business, give bed bug control a call.
Bed bugs are tiny parasitical insects that feed solely on the blood of humans, mammals, and birds. These pests are nocturnal and like to nest in human beds and bedroom furniture. At night, bed bugs can feel the warmth of our bodies and they can smell the carbon dioxide we exhale in our sleep. This draws them to us when we are the least likely to notice. Bed bugs feed every few days, biting us with their beaks which release a numbing agent that makes it difficult for us to feel a bite as it happens. To get around, bed bugs crawl through walls and travel with us in our clothing, bedding, luggage, and furniture.
The average female bed bug will lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime. That’s a lot of eggs considering that bed bugs only live for a few months at a time. Bed bugs commonly lay their eggs in mattress seams and bedroom furniture. Bed frames, box springs, night tables, couch cushions, curtain folds, power outlets, floorboards, and loosened wallpaper are also common areas in which bed bugs lay their eggs. Females usually lay their eggs wherever they hide during the day: quiet, dark, and undisturbed areas of the bedroom or living area. Eggs take somewhere between 6 to 10 days to hatch.
If you think you might have bed bugs, carefully search the bedroom for these eggs along with stains of blood and fecal matter. Bed bugs sometimes get crushed by their human prey, leaving drops and smears of blood on the bed sheets. Feces appear as dark brown or black specks in the same areas in which you may find eggs. During your search, you may also come across the bed bugs themselves. Bed bugs are brown and have oval-shaped bodies that look a lot like apple seeds. They measure about half a centimetre long and have very flat bodies that allow them to hide in small crevices.
If you suspect any bed bug activity, reach out to a local pest removal company for help. Professionals use the latest and most effective pesticides that are safe to use in any home. The technicians at The Exterminators perform thorough inspections to get to the bottom of any bed bug problem and use a combination of steam treatments and residual insecticides that target bed bugs at every stage of the lifecycle. Call The Exterminators – Pest Control Mississauga today for quality bed bug removal: 647-496-2211.