Bed Bug Facts
Identification:Adult length is 4-5mm and only 1.5-3mm wide.Reddish-brown, flattened, oval and wingless.Eggs and eggshells are 1mm and white.Nymphs are translucent and lighter in color.Become browner as they molt and reach maturity.
Reproduction:Females deposit 1-5 eggs per day and hundreds during a lifetime.Eggs are laid in cracks and crevices throughout the home.Females lay eggs after a blood meal.Eggs will hatch in 6-10 days.Females can begin reproducing between 4-9 weeks.Mating is done by traumatic insemination.
Feeding:an survive over one year without feeding.Typically feed on a blood meal every 5-10 days.Takes 3-12 minutes to feed to repletion.A new generation will immediately seek a blood meal.Most often feed at nighttime when people are asleep.The fluid they inject while feeding can cause itching and swelling.At least one blood meal is required to complete development during each instar.
Bites:Red, often with a darker red spot in the middle.Itchy at times.Arranged in a rough line or in a cluster.Can be located anywhere on the body.An allergic reaction to a bite may cause blistering and/or hives.
Miscellaneous:If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a Bed Bug.Bed Bugs are nocturnal.The number of Bed Bugs in the U.S. is doubling each year.Bed Bugs produce odors ranging from pungent to sweet-musty.Chemical use alone will not eliminate Bed Bugs.Young Bed Bugs must complete 5 nymphal instars before reaching adulthood.
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