Bed bugs can be bothersome creatures to have invade your home or business. They seem to show up out of nowhere, and you may wonder where they came from and how they got there in the first place. Bed bugs are actually an invasive species that’s really good at hiding, so identifying them can be difficult. Let’s uncover the basics of bed bugs: their origins, signs of an infestation, and what you should do if you find them in your home or business.
Bed bugs are small, oval, non-flying insects that feed by sucking blood from humans or animals.
Bed bugs are small, oval, non-flying insects that feed by sucking blood from humans or animals. Adult bed bugs are flat, oval and have no hind wings. They are brown to reddish-brown in colour depending on their age with an almost clear or transparent appearance. Bed bug eggs are yellowish white to light brown in colour and often laid in clusters. Bed bugs can be difficult to see in your home because they hide during the day and come out at night to feed on humans or animals (including pets).
They typically bite people at night while they are sleeping.
Bed bugs are typically seen in the evening or at night. They hide during the day and come out to feed on people while they’re sleeping. This is why you may not see them until later in the evening, when you go to bed. Bedbugs like hiding places that are warm and dark and can be found in mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards, carpets and furniture (especially upholstered chairs), behind baseboards or wall hangings, electrical outlets and picture frames. They also can live for about one year without feeding on blood.
Bedbugs don’t spread disease but can cause itchy welts on your skin from their bites. These welts don’t leave scars after they heal but may last several days depending on your sensitivity level to the reaction caused by their saliva which contains anesthetic compounds that help prevent pain from bites before they start feeding on you
Adults are brown to reddish-brown, flat, oval and have no hind wings.
Adult bed bugs are flat and oval, about 1/4 inch long and reddish-brown. They have no hind wings but instead have vestigial wing pads. Bed bug eggs are pearly white, 1/2 millimeter long and slightly curved. Nymphs look like smaller versions of adults, with a flat body and brown coloration as they get older. Eggs may occur intermittently throughout the year or in large numbers at certain times of year (usually spring or fall).
Bed bugs can be found in cracks around baseboards, electrical outlets, doors and windowsills; in furniture seams; behind headboards; inside mattresses; under wall hangings; in upholstered chairs—virtually anywhere that humans spend time sleeping or relaxing affords opportunity for bed bug infestation!
The immature bed bugs (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are smaller and lighter in color.
Because they are so small, the immature bed bugs (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are smaller and lighter in color. As with adults, nymphs feed on blood, but unlike their full-grown counterparts, they do not need to digest a meal before moving on to another host. They also don’t have wings or eyes at this stage of development – both characteristics that appear during later stages of their life cycle. This means you won’t be able to see them scurrying around your home just looking for something tasty to bite into!
Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed (5-7 mm), oval shaped, and almost look like a small tick. They have no wings but can jump from place to place using their two hind legs as springs. Bed bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts for feeding on blood from humans or animals.
Immature bed bugs have tiny hair-like projections all over their bodies; adults lack these hairs.
They can be easily identified by their long antennae, which are about half their body length. Immature bed bugs have tiny hair-like projections all over their bodies; adults lack these hairs. Bed bug bites usually appear in straight lines or clusters on parts of the body exposed while sleeping (face, neck, arms and hands). There may also be single bites or rows of three or four together in geometric patterns at each feeding site.
Bed bugs have a long, thin beak-like mouthpart called a stylet. The stylet is used for piercing the host’s skin and sucking its blood. They can cause severe itchy skin reactions in humans, so you will want to treat your home or apartment for bed bug infestations as soon as possible to avoid any potential problems. If left untreated, these pests can spread from room to room on furniture or clothing.
Humans usually become aware of a bed bug infestation when bites occur or when the bugs themselves become more visible.
Bed bugs are not visible to the naked eye, but you may be able to see them with a magnifying glass.
They are most commonly found in the seams of mattresses, box springs and other furniture; behind headboards; within cracks in wood floors or between wall studs; in pictures or other hanging objects on walls. Bed bugs can also be found within upholstered furniture such as chairs and sofas where they may be mistaken for cigarette burns.
Do not use pesticides on your pet’s bedding; these products are not intended for this use and may cause illness to your pet if used incorrectly.
If you are considering using pesticides to treat your pet’s bedding, please be aware that these products are not intended for this purpose and may cause illness to your pet if used incorrectly.
Pesticides are harmful to people, pets, the environment and even those who make them. If you have been bitten by a bed bug and are concerned about pesticide exposure to yourself or your pet, contact an exterminator or health care provider immediately.
Bed bugs are known to hide in various places around your home, including the bedding and fur of pets—and even humans. If you have a pet who sleeps in your bed and you don’t want it to become infested with the bloodsucking insects, keep an eye on its surroundings. The same goes for you. When you put on pajamas or take off clothes at night (or any time), check for bugs that may have crawled onto them before putting them away or placing them into laundry baskets.
Bed bugs are annoying insects that hide in soft, warm places like beds, couches, and clothing. These bugs feed on their hosts at night, leaving small bite marks that, though rarely dangerous, should be treated right away to prevent unwanted symptoms and potential allergic reactions. If you believe that you’re being bitten by bed bugs, you’ll need to identify the bug in question as a bed bug to confirm your diagnosis