In order for you to get rid of bed bugs, you should first learn a little bit about them. You could think that you have bed bugs, but if you do not know how to properly identify them, you could wind up spending loads of money on bed bug sprays or professional treatment, when they were just small cockroaches you could have gotten rid of with a $10 fogger from Home Depot.
So let’s get down to business, here are some bed bug facts that will help you identify, find, and allow you to get rid of bed bugs.
Adult bed bugs can grow up to 1/4 of an inch, they are oval shaped, and they have a shell that is colored a reddish brown, if the bed bug just got done feeding, it is going to be more red as the blood is fresh, and their skin in clear so you will be able to tell they have just fed.
If you have ever seen a bed bug in motion, you know that they are mobile, they can about as fast as an ant, but one good thing you have on your side is that they do not jump, and thank goodness they do not fly either. Let me repeat that, bed bugs can not fly or jump.
Early detection of bed bugs is extremely important, don’t just brush it off if you discover bed bugs are in your home, as a female bed bug can lay up to 5 eggs a week, or in other words about 500 eggs in their life time, talk about a spreading infestation.
But just how quickly can a bed bug infestation spread? Well once the eggs are layed, it only takes them about 2 weeks to hatch. The eggs are about 1/16th of an inch, and they can be seen with the naked eye, if you have good eyesight, but it would be wise to use a magnifying glass to confirm that it is a bed bug egg.
Once the egg is hatched, the baby bed bug is referred to as a nymph. Nymphs only need to feed about 5 times until they are considered to be an adult. This can happen in as little time as just a month. Now you see why finding out for sure if you have bed bugs is important, and why you need to take action to get rid of bed bugs as fast as possible if you find that your home has an infestation.
If you do find out that you have bed bugs in one of you vacation homes, don’t think that you can starve them easily. Sure, they only feed on blood, that’s it, but adult bed bugs can go up to a year without a meal, though I am not sure how long the newly hatched nymphs can go.
Bed bugs just don’t feed on humans, they feed on just about anything with warm blood, such as bats, dogs, cats, birds, if it has warm blood, the bed bug is more than likely able to feed on it.
Bed bugs are not yet known to transmit any kind of diseases, but they can leave bumps on your skin depending on the person, and just so you should know, that if you are chronically itching insect bites, they can get infected, so proper care should be taken to relieve the itchiness of bed bug bites.