If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, contact A&D Professional Pest Elimination to schedule an inspection right away! Bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of and will require a strategic approach to treat. Our technicians are professional, trained and highly knowledgeable.
Bed Bug Behavior:
Bed bugs mostly feed at night while people are asleep. Bed bugs may feed in linear patterns, leave a singular bite or even a large cluster of bites depending on how many bed bugs are feeding. And depending on the person and how he or she reacts, bed bug bites may not even become visible on the body.
After feeding, bed bugs will retreat back to their hiding spots. While in hiding, they spend their time digesting blood meals, mating and laying eggs before heading back to the bed to feed again on average of two to five days. After hatching, new bed bugs need a blood meal between each of their five nymph stages.
Bed bugs are thought to be attracted to sleeping humans by cues such as carbon dioxide, human scents and warmth their bodies emit. If bed bugs can't sense those three things, then they'll search for blood meals in random patterns.
Bed Bug Life Cycle: Adult bed bugs can live without feeding for around a year depending on temperatures. One female bed bug can lay 200-250 eggs in her lifetime. Bed bug eggs hatch in 6-10 days and the nymph bed bug will go out to find its first blood meal in order to molt to the next stage.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found? Though beds aren't the only place you need to worry about, nearly 70% of any bed bug infestation is associated with the bed and any furniture, pictures and baseboards next to the bed. You also need to worry about any upholstered furniture. Bed bugs like to hangout in cracks, folds and tucks in and around these areas.
Why are bed bugs becoming more prevalent?
Bed bugs, which largely disappeared from public notice in the United States in recent decades, have come back strongly since the late 1990s. Reasons for the reappearance are not clearly understood, but increased international travel and immigration are thought to have contributed to the rapid increase in infestations.
Bed Bug Infestation And Inspections:
Getting rid of a bed bug infestation can be extremely difficult. Not only do they reproduce and feed relentlessly, bed bugs can also hide many feet away from the bed, whether it's in furniture, baseboards, door frames, or wall voids, until they venture back to the bed to feed.
Proper inspection is critical. Overlooking the smallest crack in the furniture can lead to an ongoing infestation. Bed bugs can hide inside, underneath and behind furniture. When bed bug populations become very large or when their host becomes scarce, they may scurry into nearby rooms in search for a meal.