How to Recognise Bed Bugs?
Knowing what to look for is the first stage in the control of bed bugs.
Adult bed bugs resemble the colour and shape of an apple seed. They can be smaller if immature, or if they have not recently fed.
Typical signs of infestation are spots of blood on mattresses, droppings, eggs, and of course bites on the occupants. Bites most frequently occur at the end of limbs such as fore arms and tend to occur in a row. However, different people can all react differently.
Where to Find Bed Bugs?
They can be found anywhere in a room or property. For example, mattress seams, behind wallpaper, within electrical sockets, within picture frames. Your pest control provider will explain the extent of infestation after the initial survey.
Public transport such as trains and aeroplanes are a common source of infestation. Some pest control companies offer specialist aeroplane fumigation services.
How do Bed Bugs Live?
A female lays 1-5 eggs per day, depending in feed source and environmental conditions. This leads to around 500 within a life span.
The length of time from egg, through various moultings, to arriving at adult form depends on factors such as temperature and food availability. It is typically from a few weeks to a few months. Eggs hatch at above 13 degrees centigrade.
Young bed bugs need the droppings of adult bed bugs to develop their digestive enzymes necessary to become viable adults. They can then generally feed on many types of mammal blood. Bed bugs are not known to transmit disease.
From the biological point of view, the female bed bug undergoes a violent insemination process from the male. This causes the fertilised female to try to spread away from the established colony. The problem is then made larger as new colonies spread.
Bed Bug Control
They can be the most complex of pests to deal with. Pegasus Pest Control will provide a free survey of the premises for you.
Thorough examination by a qualified pest controller is key to effective clearance. The client must appreciate the importance of clearing general clutter from the premises.
However, bed bugs can be spread through movement of items from room to room. You may be advised to removed clutter from the affected areas prior to survey, bagging up items in clear plastic bags in the centre of the room. In multiple occupancy properties, such as hotels and guest houses, the pest controller may ask for access to the neighbouring rooms, as a heavy infestation might have spread.
Treatment will only be practical through a professional pest controller, as a number of insecticide products and strategies will be needed to overcome a bed bug infestation.