Bedbugs are blood feeding parasitic insects. They are small, flat, wingless, insects with six legs. Their color can range from white to brown, but turn a rusty red color after feeding. Bedbugs do not fly, but they can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime. Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity and require a meal of blood before each shedding. Under ideal conditions a complete life cycle can be completed in as little as 2 months and an adult bedbug will live for an average of 10 months.
Bedbugs exist worldwide and can be found mostly in hotels, hostels, apartment complexes, college dorms, and even hospitals and senior living facilities. Their preferred habitat is warm housing, especially near by or inside of beds and bedding. They are not exclusively nocturnal but are mainly active at night. Since the host is usually sleeping they can feel without being noticed.
Things to be aware of regarding bedbugs:
- Be aware if you or any member of your household is exposed to areas previously mentioned.
- When traveling, thoroughly inspect your hotel rooms and don’t lay suitcases on the floor.
- Be aware if you have guest or if you go visit someone.
- Be weary of used furniture, hand me downs, or discarded furniture.
Interesting Bedbug facts:
- Bed bugs can live anywhere.
- Bed bugs can live for several months without a blood meal.
- Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide that we breath out at night.
- Bed bugs saliva act an anesthetic and promote increased blood flow at the bite site, making the feeding process quick and nearly painless.
Call McGrath Pest Control for a free bedbug inspection. 281-469-8240