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Latin Name- Cimex lectularius L.
Appearance- Bed Bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4-5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal.
Behaviour, Diet & Habits- Bed bugs only feed on blood. Under cool conditions, beg bugs can even survive up to a year without a meal. Their activity is at its best at night when the host is asleep.Bed bugs are found in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlets plates and picture frames. They can also be found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage or other personal belongings such as purses and briefcases. Reproduction: Female bed bugs can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. They can thrive for more than 300 days under normal room temperatures when given adequate food supply.
Signs of a bed bug infestation: There are many possible ways to know of a bed bug activity. The first would be seeing the bugs. Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed. A second sign would be finding of skin peels. The juvenile bugs shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence.
After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide. They eventually defecate these areas, which becomes evident with the black or brown stains on porous surfaces or black or brown mounds on nonporous surfaces.Bites also may indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.
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More information; Bed bugs (often misspelled as bedbugs) are small, nocturnal, wingless insects belonging to the family of cimicidae. They feed on human blood and other warm-blooded hosts. They are oval in shape and their length is up to 4 to 5 mm long when fully grown. Their skin color is rust brown to a deeper red brown. Bed bugs are famously known by other names such as “mahogany flats”, “red coats” and “chinches”. The adult bed bug does not have wings and has a flattened body.
Bed Bugs Petri Dish: Bed bugs are both dorsoventrally flattened and thin, which is a great advantage for them. They can hide in unusual places such as behind baseboards, floor cracks and under carpets or behind loose wallpaper, which can make them hard to detect.
Not only that they are hard to detect, but bed bugs also tend to stay close together and have a distinctively sweet, yet unpleasant smell. Fecal smears on mattresses and nearby furnishings are also signs of a bed bugs infestation.
Their bites have existed since the ancient times and are found throughout the world. Various species of bed bugs are found, but the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is particularly adaptable to human environments.
Other species of bed bugs are known to prefer birds and bats as their hosts but can also feed on humans if necessary. Since they can survive in birds’ nest, they can be found in houses and buildings that have several bird nests, particularly on rooftops.
Beg bugs have a great worldwide distribution, due to human travellers who transport them in luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. Though they may reside in unusual places, they are also likely to be found in small cracks near a bed or in comforters and bed sheets.
How to get rid of bed bugs: Bed bugs can be found almost everywhere -they’ve infested offices, stores, hotels, gyms and countless other places. They can hide in your luggage, personal belongings or even on you and hitchhike a ride back to your home, condo, townhouse or apartment. Once indoors, it can be extremely difficult to control them without the help of an experienced pest specialist.
Cleanliness has nothing to do with a bed bug infestation - you can pick them up in the finest hotels and they can hitchhike into the cleanest homes at any time. But you can help reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.
Travelling: When travelling, think of the acronym S.L.E.E.P, to remember the following action steps to help avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.
Search surfaces for signs of an infestation, such as tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tag and seams and bed skirts. Lift and look for all bed bug hiding spots, including underneath the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture.
They come out usually at night to feed but during the day they are most likely found within a 1.5 meter radius of the bed.
Keep your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall, since bed bugs can often hide behind, headboards, artworks, picture frames and electrical outlet panels.
Check your luggage thoroughly while repacking and when your return home. Always keep luggage off the bed and store it in a closet or other area far away from your bedroom.
Immediately place all your clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting upon returning home from travel.
In the house: When at home, follow these handy tips to help keep bed bugs at bay. Get rid of all clutter from your home which makes finding bed bugs easier.
Wash and dry your bed linens often using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
Any second-hand furniture needs a close inspection for bed bugs before you bring it into your residence.
Scrutinize your residence regularly - after a move-in, a trip, when a service worker comes in or guests stay overnight.
Think you might have a bed bud infestation? : Inform your local pest management provider immediately or tell your property manager if you are renting so that a customized treatment should be worked out for your bed bugs. Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is crucial to help prevent an even larger infestation.
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