What does a bed bug look like?
|Adult bed bugs are straw-colored to reddish brown, wingless insects. Prior to feeding, they are approximately 1/4" to 3/8" long and nearly as flat as a piece of paper. Once they feed they become bloated and dark red. They also have microscopic hairs that can give them a banded appearance. Female Bed Bugs have a fat round body while the Male Bed Bugs are long and thin.|
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Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are tiny insects – the adult is no more than a quarter of an inch in size – that live on the blood of animals and, most disconcertingly humans.
Although not a flying insect the bed bug does possess the ability to travel; very rapidly and is prone to rapid multiplication as a result.
The Bed Bug problem is a widespread one, as these miniature creatures are understood to have spread from their natural home in the Asian continent to the entire globe.
It is not unusual to have an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is vital is that we know where they live, how to find them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will produce eggs each day; as she can exist for vast lengths of time – over a year – this results in a rapid explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is in action at night – when we are dormant – and the initial clue to the presence of Bed Bugs is the presence of marks on the skin in the morning.
Bed bugs will feast during the night, and when it feeds on our blood it leaves behind indications of its presence.
Bed bugs feeds by spearing the skin and pushing in a tube with which it pulls out the required blood, and therefore the victim will rarely know they are being bitten as they are usually asleep.
After feeding – which could last as long as ten minutes – Bed Bugs leaves behind a red bite which may swell and will irritate continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the patient.
The problem about diagnosis is that the indications of Bed Bugs are extremely similar to a number of other skin infections.
Scabies displays very similar indications to bed bug infestation, and many insect bites such as mosquito can also result in a similar tell tale mark.
Bed bug bites will generally be found on skin that we leave exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all commonly bitten – and it is to these areas we should look when looking for signs of the creatures.
Bed Bugs are a night active bug that likes to feeds on blood; it also likes to stay out of sight and this is why it frequents our beds and furnishings.
Bed Bugs do not nest like bees, however they do seek suitable nesting places, hence several will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and other dark and secure places.
Bed Bugs are sometimes carried into the home by persons who have been elsewhere and have usually slept on a number of unusual and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug problem is not always a case of ill hygiene as many 4 star hotels and guest houses have also been the source of infestations.
Bed Bug infestations come about very quickly; with one female creature laying around five eggs per day it is easy to see how quickly the colony can grow.
To get rid of Bed Bugs you initially need to throw out of the infested mattress and any other items that may be harbouring the creatures.
As bed bugs are very prolific and almost impossible to find, getting rid of all the eggs and creatures with off the shelf routines may not be guaranteed to be successful. During an affliction of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been close to bed bugs – or are suspected of having been – have to be be thoroughly washed; if possible this needs to be done on the hottest setting possible (140 degrees)to be certain to kill bed bugs.
Last update: 02:30 PM Sunday, September 19, 2010