There are a few common spots like carpets, carpet edges and mattresses where bed bug infestations typically occur. These places are where bed bugs keep hidden during the day, and where they lay their eggs. During bed bug reproduction, a single female bed bug can lay as many as 500 eggs! On average, a single female bed bug lays one to twelve eggs per day, meaning that if left untreated, a bed bug infestation can quickly get out of control. It’s important to stop bed bug reproduction in its tracks and begin a bed bug treatment immediately if you spot bed bugs in your home.
Bed bugs and bed bug eggs look very different based on the stage of their life cycle and whether they have recently fed.Bed bug eggs are small (about 1mm and white or grey), bed bug nymphs, or freshly hatched bed bugs, are white before feeding and red after feeding. Fully-grown bed bugs are brown and about the size of an apple seed.
At an optimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius, bed bug eggs can hatch in about ten days. Newly hatched bed bugs feed at the first opportunity. They molt five times before maturity and they require at least one blood meal in between each molt. Bed bug adults can survive up to a year or more without feeding, which means that bed bug infestations may continue even if the house is left vacant for several months. Hence, to be eliminated, bed bug infestations have to be controlled by a bed bug treatment. The problem will not go away on its own.
Steps For Bed Bug Elimination
- Confirm that you have bed bugs. How do you know if you have bed bugs? Typically people will spot signs left behind by bed bugs (such as shed skins or blood spots) or they have actual bed bug bites. Bed bug bites often leave slightly swollen reddish welts that can resemble mosquito bites. They typically last longer, however. The bites may be in a pattern of 3-4 in a row.
- Locate their hiding places. Figure out the spots in which the bed bugs are hiding to implement an appropriate bed bug treatment. Bed bugs and bed bug eggs may be hiding in several unexpected places as they are not easily visible to human eyes. Check areas like mattress seams, the edge of carpets, crack and crevices in furniture and your headboard, and even nearby electronics. If you’re having trouble finding the source, a
professional pest control company may be able to help you with an inspection.
- Eliminate bed bugs with a treatment. There are different types of bed bug treatments that can be used based on severity and location of your bed bug infestation. Choosing the right one ensures the bed bug elimination process is effective.
If you follow the above steps effectively, your house should become a pest free zone! Contact Magical Pest for a free consultation, or give us a call at (905) 738-6676.