We all know the nursery rhyme, “ Good night, sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”
Bed bugs, however, are no child’s play. If you’ve ever heard the horrific stories of a bed bug infestation, you know that it can quickly descend into a swirling nightmare. Bed bugs can be hard to detect and their bites leave homeowners restless and frustrated. These crawling night terrors keep people up late at night wondering if they will discover yet another bed bug bite in the morning. Luckily, Progreen Termite can help! We’ll eliminate these horrific pests so you can say goodbye to your bed bug nightmare, and hello to a good night’s sleep!
Bed Bug Identification: Their Size And What They Look Like
Bed bugs are blood-sucking pests that can leave you waking up in the morning with red welts. They look like tiny, long, oval-shaped cockroaches about the shape and size of a an apple seed. Most adult bed bugs will be around 5 millimeters long. This is comparable to the size of another bloodsucker, the tick. Bed bugs are a reddish brown color; they puff up in size and darken in color after having a blood meal. Fully adults bed bugs are detectable to the naked eye.
However, younger bed bugs, also known as nymphs, are yellow and translucent in color, making them harder to detect. Smaller bed bugs can also be as small as the size of a poppy seed–one reason why these creatures are hard to get rid of. These bugs can also be as flat as a quarter and a thin sheet of paper, giving them the ability to squeeze through all sorts of tiny cracks and crevices.
Bed Bug Eggs
Bed bugs lay oval-shaped eggs that are small and white, around the size of a pinhead. Because they are so small in size, the eggs are easy to miss and hard to detect. One way of finding the eggs is to look for a tiny red dot, also known as a red eyespot, which develops after the eggs is older than 5 days. All bed bugs, from the stage of an egg to a fully adult sized bug, are small enough to fit on the face of a nickel.
Bed Bug Bites
Like the nursery rhyme says, bed bugs come crawling out late at night to look for their next blood meal. Bed bugs do not transmit disease, but can cause uncomfortable and swollen red bite marks. These welts are itchy and detectable the morning after a bite, and can cause major problems for those who are allergic. You may find these red welts on your back, neck, chin, arms, legs, and torso.
Although the bites are not poisonous, they bring a miserable experience for its victims, Many people suffer from restlessness and lack of sleep, fearing these little night terrors will bite them every night. Even worse, homeowners are afraid of the invisible ones that go undetected.
How Bed Bugs Travel And Reproduce
These creatures are infamous for being quick breeders and sneaky hitchhikers, causing their population to spread like a transmitted virus. Bed bugs can spread from place to place by traveling on hosts, in hotels, traveling on luggage, backpacks, clothes, and other avenues. They are typically found on a room’s headboard, mattress, furniture, and in wall nooks and crannies. Travel has made the bed bug a well-known annoyance around the world.
Bed bugs are able to spread quickly since an adult female bed bug can lay up to 7 eggs a week. It can take up to a month for a newly-born bed bug to develop into its adult stage. Bed bugs can also live from 4 months up to an entire year, and can go without a meal for 5 months. The reproduction cycle of a bed bug is short enough where it can cause the population to double in less than a month! This is a scary idea to think about if you unknowingly have bed bugs lurking around in your home! This is why bed bug infestations are a nightmare and need to be immediately addressed by your local exterminator.
Progreen Termite Can Help!
Progreen Termite is here to target and eliminate every home intruder and nasty bed bug infestation! Our professional exterminators know where these bed bugs like to hide and breed, and we’ll use powerful tools to detect and destroy every nest. We’ll hunt down the source of your infestation and make sure these nasty critters don’t return, giving you a night of peaceful sleep. Call now at (714) 677-8446 and schedule a free inspection with us!