“It takes only about 10 days for bed bug eggs to hatch, with each egg that is female having the capability to go on and lay up to 500 more eggs. Within the period of a month, your entire home can be infested with thousands of bed bugs. Homes that have endured bed bug infestations for longer than three months can expect to have the bugs in amounts exceeding 30,000″

What does a bed bug look like?

These pests have 6 legs, are oval in shape, brown/reddish brown in color and approximately 4mm in length as adults. When they are still juveniles, beg bugs are translucent and very small, making them difficult to spot. During all stages of their life, the body is very flat, almost paper thin. When the bed bug has fed it will become darker brown/reddish in color and will appear more engorged and elongated. Check out our photos & videos to get a better look. 

Bed Bug History

The Scientific name for the garden-variety bed bug is Cimex Lectularious.  In Spanish they are known as Chinches De Cama. In the past, they’ve also been called “chinch” or “red coats.” Bed bug are generally referred to as a human parasite. Miriam-Webster Dictionary defines a parasite as: “An animal or plant that lives in or on another animal or plant and gets food or protection from it.”

Although the definition above insinuates that bed bugs are not a parasite, they are in fact. They don’t live under or on the skin of a human being, but they do live in what is called the human “nest.” When pest control specialists talk about bed bugs, many of them refer to them as nest pests. These little bugs will hide in furniture, corners of your home in the hallways, wall outlets, bedroom linens, and more. They don’t typically feed off humans until they are at rest, which is why they typically attack at night. Humans have taken the top spot on a bed bug’s favorite food, but they can also live off pets and other warm-blooded animals.

Just because bed bugs tend to feed on humans at night, this does not mean they are nocturnal. Studies have shown that bed bugs will feed during any part of the day or night. Even if they are living in a room and the lights are on, if they find a human or some other type of feeding option, they will take advantage of it. With this in mind, just because a person works nights and sleeps during the day, it’s still possible for them to get attacked by bed bugs.

A single female can lay up to 500 eggs, with each one hatching and then mating with other bugs. It can take only one generation of bugs to multiply into thousands within a short period of time. There is no type of standard or social barrier that exists for bed bugs — they do everything they can to invade any type of space they come across. Whether you’re settling into a home 100 years old or one just recently built, bed bugs can become a problem if you’re not careful.

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What is it like to have bed bug bites?

Bed bug bites are usually red and itchy. They can be quite aggravating and are similar to mosquito bites. They usually occur in groups or lines, sometimes raised or welt-like. There has also been studies performed that have confirmed these bugs can transmit Chagas disease. Visit our bed bug bite page to learn more.

What is a bed bug’s lifecycle like?

Once a single bed bug makes into your home, it won’t take long for a full-blown infestation to occur. Bed bugs have short lifecycles; however, the food and blood available to them will ultimately determine how much they are able to reproduce. It’s not uncommon for bed bugs to have higher rates of multiplication during the summer rather than the winter, but they can still reproduce all year long. After a female has mated she will continue to lay eggs for the remainder of her life without another mating. The mated female will then run away from the current nest  and create a new nest for herself nearby.

It takes only about 10 days for bed bug eggs to hatch, with each egg that is female having the capability to go on and lay up to 500 more eggs. Within the period of a month, your entire home can be infested with thousands of bed bugs. Homes that have endured bed bug infestations for longer than three months can expect to have the bugs in amounts exceeding 30,000.

Where do bed bugs like to live?

Just like humans, bed bugs prefer spaces that are mildly warm and have lots of food. They are also well known for attacking their hosts during the middle of the night, but this doesn’t have anything to do with it being dark. Instead, it has more to do with the fact that hosts are normally still when they are sleeping, which makes the feeding sessions much simpler to carry out. When they don’t live on bed linens and humans, they prefer cracks and crevices in your home, as well as your clothes and any personal belongings, such as luggage and purses.

Can I attract bed bugs when I’m camping?

There are many people who believe they pick up bed bugs while camping. Truth is, though, the infiltration is being caused by the people we’re around, or the RVs in which they were camping. Bed bugs don’t live outdoors. They live indoor and hitch rides from one home to another by clinging to luggage, purses, clothing, hair, etc.

What are bat and bird bugs?

Bat and bird bugs are very similar to bed bugs, but their hosts are completely different. As you have probably assumed, bat bugs feed on bats, while bird bugs prefer to feed on birds. These types of bugs do live outdoors unlike bed bugs, however if the nest population grows too large they will feed on humans if necessary, so it’s imperative to make sure your home is treated for them.

What are different types of evidence for the presence of bed bugs?

There are many signs to look for when inspecting for bed bugs. Here are but a few:

      • Musty smell
      • You can see the bugs
      • Small black spots on bed linens; you’ll also want to look for them on furniture, walls, blinds and curtains
    • Small black spots on the ceiling

Bed Bug Myths

  • Myth 1: Replacing all furniture will remove the bed bug problem

    Bed bugs also hide in the floors, walls, ceilings, linens, fixtures, and more. Getting rid of your furniture will not fix your problem.

  • Myth 2: Bed bug infestations only happen in dirty homes

    Bed bugs can occur in any home no matter the level of cleanliness. Bed bugs do not eat leftover food debris the way cockroaches do, they feed on blood.

  • Myth 3: Diatomaceous Earth (DE) can cure bed bug infestations

    Bed bugs will avoid this powdered substance, and it can kill some but may not kill all. Although food grade DR is non toxic, breathing in the airborne dust can be harmful to the lungs. You do not want to apply this to your bed! We request you to vacuum off any DE that may be on furniture or floors before treatment.

  • Myth 4: putting furniture or clothing in bags out in the hot arizona summer sun will kill all bed bugs.

    All sides of your items simply will not get hot enough. Again, the bed bugs are also hiding in the floors and walls, as well as many other places inside your home.

  • Myth 5: You can keep bed bugs away if you leave the lights on

    Research has shown that bed bugs will even attack during the day or when the lights are on. As long as the host is present, and preferably resting, they will come out to feed.

  • Myth 6: You can use rubbing alcohol to fix the bed bug problem

    Although bed bugs can be killed when they come in contact with rubbing alcohol, it evaporates quick and leaves no killing residual effects. You will not be able to kill all of the bed bugs using just rubbing alcohol.

  • Myth 7: You can vacuum up bed bugs to fix the problem

    The bed bug will just end up infesting the vacuum and then can be transported to other parts of your home or even vehicle. You won’t be able to vacuum up every bed bug and the bed bug eggs are sticky to be vacuumed.

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