The bed Bug is an insect that is roughly oval in shape, about 5mm long when fully grown and a fast runner. They are normally rust brown in colour which changes to Deep red brown following a feed on blood.
The juvenile called a nymph are paler in colour and smaller in length. They are flat and can hide in narrow cracks and crevices that is why detection is often difficult. The bed bug eggs hatch in about 10 days, the Adults live about 9 months, Nymphs feed every 10 days where the Adults feed every 3-4 days.
Bed bugs don’t live on humans but they feed on humans by puncturing the skin and sucking blood, similar to mosquitoes. Bed bugs respond to the warmth/heat and carbon dioxide CO2 of a host (i.e. a human when asleep) in bed. The bed bug can quickly locate a suitable feed host; their only contact with us humans is for a meal of blood. Most of the feeding occurs at night and they are inactive while digesting the blood. Though if they are starved they will bite during the day.
Bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit diseases, we as the host respond to bed bug bites just as we respond to bites from mosquitoes and fleas.
You may be surprised to find out that you often bring bed bugs into your environment. Sometimes carried in luggage and other packages. Where bed bugs have infested in large numbers there is a distinctive odour present. Common allergic reactions on the skin would be the development of red marks discomfort around the ankles, arms and shoulders,
The adult bed bug and nymph infest pieces of furniture, mattress box springs, mattresses, bedside stands, carpets, pictures on walls, wallpaper, lounges and chairs. Bed bugs are usually found and located in our homes, hotels, hostels and boarding houses.
Adult bed bugs can travel about 4 ft. in 1 minute, they can move to the bed from wardrobes, dressers and lounges, they can move between rooms, apartments
It is important that room inspections carried out consists of bed frame, bedhead, wallpaper, mattress, mattress box spring, bedside cabinet, Furniture, bed baseboards, wall outlets carpet and picture frames.
Bed bug feces will show up under UV light, it has been suggested that allergens from the bed bugs may be associated with asthma just like the dust mite allergens. The treatment undertaken is extremely time consuming and thorough, areas that particular attention is focused on are cracks and crevices of the entire room or rooms.
Call Wilson’s Pest Control on 0466 933 322 to talk to an expert if you think you have bed bugs.