If you’ve never encountered a bed bug, you probably don’t know much about the tiny critters who lurk beneath your bed sheets and feed on your blood when you sleep.
Here’s some key bed bug information to help introduce you to the not-so-mighty world of the bed bug.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, are small, brown, oval-shaped, wingless insects. They belong to the cimicid family which is a collection of small parasitic insects.
How big are bed bugs?
They can range in size from 1.5mm to 5mm, depending on the specific stage they’re at in their life cycle.
What is the bed bug life cycle?
Bed bugs, like many insects, go through a series of life cycle stages before reaching adulthood. Bed bug eggs, less than a millimetre in length, hatch into nymphs – also known as baby bed bugs. These babies pass through five distinct life stages before maturing to adulthood.
At each stage of their life cycle, the bugs need a blood meal in order to “molt”. The full bed bug life cycle process can take as little as 5 weeks and as long as 4-6 months.
How long do the bugs live for?
Bugs can generally survive several months without food – however, in certain conditions, some bugs can live up to 18 months between feeds!
What do bed bugs eat?
Human blood, primarily – though they can feed on animals like dogs and cats. Bed bugs need our blood in order to grow and reproduce.
How do bed bugs get in my bed?
If you’re unfortunate enough to encounter bed bugs in someone else’s home or in a hotel, the bugs can hitch a ride on your clothes as well as material like bedding and suitcase linings.
How do I know if I have an infestation?
You’ll want to examine your bedroom – and yourself – for the common bed bug signs. These can include bed bug bites or bed bug rash, the bugs themselves on your bedding, castings and blood stains on your sheets, droppings and a mild, musty odour.
Where do bed bugs hide?
Bed bugs love cracks and crevices, mattress corners and out-of-the-way places around your bedding. Being nocturnal, they tend to hide during the day and come out at night.
How do I get rid of bed bugs permanently?
Chemical solutions and bed bug bombs can be limited in their efficacy and also hazardous to your health.
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