Bed Bugs are the major problem across the world. They are easily spread, proliferate fast and Bed Bugs control is very difficult, leading to a rapid growth in bedbug infestation, which is best handled with professional bed bug solutions. Here we will look at the bed bug life cycle.
Bed Bug life cycle
Bed Bugs (Cimex Lectularius ) are small, nocturnal, wingless insects that belong to the family of Cimicidae. They feed on human blood and other warm-blooded hosts. They are oval in shape and around 5-6 cms when fully grown: but after a blood-meal, they extend and around 7mm when fully engorged.
Oval and flattened from back to the underside, they hake thick, well-developed legs. Adult bedbugs are rusty red-brown in color. Also known as ‘mahogany flats’, ‘red coats’ and chinches, bed bugs are wingless. They shed their skins, which are light brown and look like flaky exoskeletons. Bed bugs are attracted to body heat and CO2 from us.
Bed Bugs lay around 200-500 eggs over just a two month period, in batches of 10-50: they bed bugs eggs are whitish-cream, getting darker as they hatch to larvae.
The adult female bed bugs must have a blood meal before hatching; the eggs are usually laid in a crack or crevice and be attached to furniture and fittings with a transparent substance. There are 7 stages of bed bug life cycle, from bed bug egg to fully grown adult bed bug.
The typical lifespan of a bed bug is about 50 days to over a year depending on favorable conditions. They can survive for a week to months without feeding they inject on anesthetic when they bite.
Bed Bugs: from eggs to nymphs to adult bed bugs
Bed bug life cycle consists of 3 stages, egg, nymphs and adult bed bugs. The bed bugs eggs are grain-like , milky white: one to 5 eggs are laid daily and up to 500 eggs, approximately 1mm in length and the size of 2grams of salt are laid singly or in clusters in a light crack or crevices.
Within weeks the eggs hatch and immature bed bugs (nymphs) begin immediately to feed. These baby bed bugs (nymphs) pass through 5 moults, before reaching maturity: similar looking smaller in size than bed bugs and not yet sexually mature.
You nymphs are yellowish white in color while older nymphs like adults are reddish brown. In the order to complete each moulting stage each baby bed bugs needs a blood meal. It rooms temperature, nymph moult and become adults, within five weeks.
Adult bed bugs: habit and habitats
Bed bugs have existed since time immemorial and are found throughout the world. The common bed bugs are highly adaptive to the human environment. Human travelers transport them in clothing, bags, luggage, cartons, and furniture.
Though they do reside in unusual places at times, they prefer to hide in cracks, crevices, mattresses, box spring beds in upholstered furniture and bed liner you can pick up bed bugs anywhere as they are great survivors and travellers. Bed bugs feed only on blood and nothing else.
They can survive up to a year without a meal. Naturally, they are active a night, when one is asleep can they can feed undeterred. When bed bugs babies (nymphs) moult, their skin gives them away.
After feeding, bed bugs return to their safe harbours and defecate, leaving black to brown stains on porous surfaces and black to brown mounds on a nonporous surface.
Since bugs are dorsoventrally flattered and then, they can hide in unusual places; even behind the loose wallpaper. They stay in grounds and emit a sickly-sweet unpleasant odor.
Bed bugs bites leave itchy welts on the skin, cause allergic reactions and even severe itching. Fecal spotting or tiny dried blood spots signify that you may have bed-bugs and must do urgent bed bug control.
Bedbugs pest control and bed bug removal
The extreme temperature at below zero degrees Fahrenheit for 4 days will kill bed bugs. 125° Fahrenheit and over will kill bed bugs and bed bug eggs. DIY is not very practical for bed bug control and removal. Frozen carbon dioxide sprays and “heat distribution systems” are available for bed bugs removal and elimination, but these need special equipment and expert handling.
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