What do bed bug eggs look like?
The bed bug eggs are sticky at first and approximately the size of a single spec of dust or dandruff flake.
Often found in dark, protected places such as walls and floor cracks, cracks in furniture, behind baseboards, under loose wallpaper, bed bug eggs will usually hatch in one to three weeks, depending on temperature meaning the warmer the weather, the shorter the incubation time.
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Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are minuscule mites – the adult is less than a quarter of an inch in size – that feed on the blood of animals and, most often humans.
Although not a flying insect the bed bug does possess the ability to spread very fast and is prone to rapid spreading as a result.
The Bed Bug concern is a worldwide one, as these tiny insects are known to have traveled from their origin in the Asian continent to the remainder of the globe.
It is hardly unusual to see an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is important is that we recognise where they live, how to spot them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will lay eggs every day; as she can survive for extraordinary lengths of time – over a year – this results in a quick explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is in action at night – when we are asleep – and the primary clue to the presence of Bed Bugs is the presence of bites on the skin in the morning.
The bed bug will eat during the night, and because it feeds on human blood it leaves behind signs of its being there.
A bed bug feeds by piercing the skin and inserting a tube with which it sucks out the required blood, and therefore the victim will rarely have known they are being bitten as they are generally asleep.
After feeding – which can cover as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red mark which could swell and will hurt continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the individual.
The problem regarding diagnosis is that the indications of Bed Bugs are very similar to a number of other skin conditions.
Scabies displays very similar indications to bed bug infestation, and some insect bites such as mosquito can also result in a similar tell tale mark.
Bed bug bites will generally be seen on skin that we leave exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all frequently bitten – and it is to these areas we should look when looking for signs of the creatures.
The Bed Bug is a night living mite and it likes to feast on our blood; it also likes to stay out of sight and this is why it is found in our beds and furnishings.
Although the Bed Bug does not nest like lots of other insects, it does travel to suitable places, hence great numbers 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 brought into the home by people who have been elsewhere and have usually slept on a number of varied and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug problem is not usually a case of ill hygiene, however, as a lot of hotels and guest houses have also been the source of cases.
Bed Bug infestations come about very rapidly; with one female mite laying around five eggs per day it is easy to see how rapidly the colony can grow.
To remove Bed Bugs you initially need to remove of the infected mattress and any other furnishings that may be infested with the creatures.
As bed bugs are very small and difficult to find, eradicating all the eggs and bugs with off the shelf treatments may not be 100% successful.
During an infestation of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been near to bugs – or you think may have been – should be thoroughly washed; if possible this should be done on the hottest setting possible to be certain to kill the bugs.
Last update: 01:05 AM Monday, September 20, 2010