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Bed Bug Information

Bed Bug Information

 

Researchers have traced the bed bug origin to the Middle East. The reason for the increase in bed bugs is due to more world travel, pesticide resistance, and ineffective bed bug treatments.

 

It is important to realize there is no quick fix.  There are effective treatments to help eradicate these nasty little bugs. Therefore it is extremely important to cooperate with your pest control professional before and after treatment. Controlling bed bugs takes both time and patience.

 

Description & Information

 

The adult bed bug on average are 5mm long and have an oval shaped flat body about the size of an apple seed.  If fed recently they have a balloon-like appearance. They are reddish brown in color. Young bugs called nymphs are much smaller and are translucent to yellowish in color. First stage nymphs are barely seen by the naked eye. As the nymphs advance in stages so does their size. The eggs are pearly white in color and are 1mm the size of a pinhead.

 

Information About Bed Bug Lifecycle

 

The bed bug cycle can go from egg to egg in as little as 28 days under ideal conditions. It starts as an egg, hatches into a nymph and goes through 5 nymphal stages before becoming an adult. A blood meal is required between each nymph stage and before an adult female can lay eggs.

Egg – hatches in 10 days

1st stage nymph- will feed then molt a few days after feeding (3 days)

2nd stage nymph- will feed then molt a few days after feeding (3 days)

3rd stage nymph- will feed then molt a few days after feeding (3 days)

4th stage nymph- will feed then molt a few days after feeding (3 days)

5th stage nymph- will feed then molt a few days after feeding (3 days)

Adult – will start to lay eggs 3 days after a blood meal (3 days) total 28 days from egg to egg

Adult female bed bugs will lay on average 5 eggs a day and 500 in a lifetime over a period of several months.

 

It takes about 3 to 10 minutes to complete a feeding which is done at night. Bed bugs are nocturnal and for this reason, they can go unnoticed for quite some time. Everyone reacts to bites differently and some may never know they have been bitten by bed bugs.

 

Once established they typically do not travel far to feed. The bedroom is the most likely place for an infestation.

 

Populations of bed bugs usually have an equal amount of females and males. Females mate after each blood meal.

 

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