The Full Life Cycle of the Bed Bugs in Your Home
When you’re dealing with an infestation of bed bugs in your home, it can be unpleasant to even think about them. It’s bad enough that they’re in your bedding, clothes and furniture in the first place that you may prefer not to know all the details about the life cycle of the bed bugs.
However, as professional bed bug treatment experts, the team at Bed Bug Heaters knows that if you want to defeat pests, you need to understand pests, and that includes the basic biology of bed bugs. In fact, this is how things like thermal pest control equipment were invented in the first place. If you feel like learning a little more about your enemy, then read on to learn the life cycle of bed bugs.
Bed Bug Eggs
Once bed bugs have arrived in your home, they’ll settle into softer areas like upholstery, furniture, cushions, blankets and mattresses. There, they’ll begin their cycle of feeding off anyone nearby and then breeding. Bed bug eggs are laid throughout these areas and can be difficult to spot due to their size.
Because of this, they tend to go unnoticed, which means they hatch and begin the next round. Bed bug eggs are tiny, about the size of the head of a pin, and pearl-white in color. After five days, the egg develops a distinctive dark spot on it before proceeding to hatch.
Nymphs are the younger bugs. These are especially difficult to spot when compared to their elders, as they tend to be smaller and translucent. They are almost impossible to see on fabric or any light-colored surfaces. Being hard to see makes it much easier for them to feed, grow and, yes, continue to reproduce.
Male and Female Adult Bed Bugs
An adult bed bug is much bigger, although still hard to see if you’re not looking carefully. About the size of a single apple seed, adults have a brown oval-shaped body. If they’ve recently fed, then they take on a more swollen shape, with a reddish-brown color. Increasing the gross-out factor, adults also produce a distinctive, musty-sweet smell.
Bed Bug Lifespan
A bed bug will go through five stages of development before becoming a full-sized adult. At each stage, they will shed their skin, leaving a tiny husk behind, until they become adults. They tend to live for about ten months, which is significantly longer than many other bugs, and they can also survive for weeks without feeding. Being this hardy can make them especially difficult to treat.
Rid Your Home of Bed Bugs Today
Whether you find all this fascinating or just deeply unpleasant, if you have bed bugs, then you need to get the problem taken care of. Bed bugs can cause serious problems if an infestation is left untreated, and Bed Bug Heaters can help. We offer professional thermal pest control equipment that you can rent to use yourself or have our team use for you. For fast, effective and safe pest control services, talk to Bed Bug Heaters today.
Bed Bug Treatment FAQs: Are Bed Bug Dangerous?
If you’re considering bed bug treatments, you’re probably feeling the skin-crawling discomfort that most people experience when they imagine bed bugs in their mattresses, pillows and furniture. You might also be wondering if those bed bugs are actually dangerous.
As providers of professional-grade bed bug treatments, Bed Bug Heaters can provide you with a few facts about bed bugs, infestations, and why it’s important to take care of the problem right now.
Do They Carry Disease?
There’s still some debate about whether bed bugs can actually transmit diseases between hosts. Generally, there’s no solid evidence of them infecting people with bloodborne disease, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With any parasitic insect that feeds on blood, you should always be somewhat wary of the possibilities.
More recently, some health organizations have been looking into whether bed bugs can carry Chagas disease, a disease which affects the internal organs. While nothing conclusive has been found so far, it’s all the more reason to seek out bed bug treatment at the first sign of infestation.
Allergic Reactions to Bites
Another risk of bed bugs is allergic reactions. Fortunately, fewer people with allergies to bed bug bites have reactions as severe as people with similar allergies to bee or wasp stings. But, in some very rare cases, those on the receiving end of bites have gone into anaphylaxis. Generally speaking though, most people with allergies will experience swelling and severe itching.
Itching, Scratching and Infection
This brings us to the most common, intensely irritating issue with bed bugs. Because of how they feed and where they live, bed bugs cause extreme discomfort. Itching from bed bug bites will keep you awake. Losing sleep means increased stress and declining health. Not only that, but the more you scratch, the more damage you do to your skin.
In fact, the most common danger with bed bugs isn’t the bites themselves, but infection from open wounds caused by scratching. Even if you’re diligent about your physical hygiene, sooner or later, if you’re always scratching, something will get infected. The longer you go without bed bug treatment, the worse these issues will get.
Get the Best in Safe, Effective Bed Bug Treatments
While bed bugs might not generally be dangerous, they can lead to some serious problems. When you’re searching for effective bed bug treatments, you want to find something that’s safe and something that works.
Bed Bug Heaters offers professional quality thermal pest control to take care of infestations. We can carry out the treatment for you, or you can rent our equipment and get the job done yourself. It’s fast, effective and, best of all, safe. Talk to the experts at Bed Bug Heaters today.
How You End Up with an Infestation of Bed Bugs
If you’re currently dealing with a bed bug infestation and looking for bed bug treatments, you’ve come to the right place. You might be wondering how you ended up with bed bugs in your home in the first place. Where did they come from? How did they get to the point of a full infestation? As pros in dealing with bed bugs, Bed Bug Heaters can explain how they managed to get into your home.
Bed Bugs Are Hitchhikers
The biggest problem with this particular pest is the way they tend to spread. They’re hitchhikers. A bed bug can easily hitch a ride on your clothing and belongings, then survive long enough to reach your carpet, bed or furniture. With multiple bugs hiding in clothing or luggage, you can see how easy it might be for an infestation to start.
Staying at Hotels, Motels or Other Houses
Bed bug infestations typically happen after traveling. If you’re staying at a hotel or motel, or even in someone’s house, you may be risking bringing some hidden pests home with you. That’s not to say that any and all lodgings other than yours are infested, but that is a risk of traveling. This is especially true for cheaper hotels or motels that neglect maintenance or proper cleaning.
Old Furniture and Second Hand Stuff
If you’re someone who shops for antiques or likes to check thrift stores for second-hand bargains, you may end up taking home more than you bargained for. Old furniture and old clothes are a risk. It’s very important that you always wash any clothing that you know is second-hand as soon as you get it home. You should also check any old furniture for signs of infestation.
Your House Doesn’t Need to be Dirty to Get Bed Bugs
There are a number of ways you can end up with a bed bug infestation. The problem is, keeping your home clean isn’t going to stop them from settling in. All they need is comfortable material to nest in, and they’ll stick around. Once they are present and are able to feed and reproduce, you’re on your way to a real problem.
Get Rid of Your Bed Bugs with No Chemicals
Want to get rid of your bed bugs with no dangerous chemicals or harsh treatments? Bed Bug Heaters can help! We offer professional-grade thermal pest control equipment that’s simple enough that you can do it yourself. If you feel like you’d rather have an expert handle it, we can do that, too. Take a look at our services, or talk to Bed Bug Heaters today.