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:
- 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