Bed bugs can be quite the little Houdini’s…
making it hard for the amateur bug detectives to find.
However, there are a few things that you can look for, even with the average, untrained eye.
- A Bed bug is a very tiny, flat creatures with an oval body.
- They are brown…until they consume blood, then turn to a reddish brown.
- Grown adults are about 3/16 inch long… about the size of an apple seed, so they are actually visible.
- The younger bugs, or “nymphs”, are truly evasive.
o They are only about the size of a pinhead, and are a whitish-gold color until they feed. (Ironically, about the same color as most mattresses… sooo sneaky!)
o Unfortunately, nymphs can survive months without feeding… which means they can live practically invisible for this long as well.
- Adults can go more than a year without food.
Resilient little buggers!!
Finding them before they come into existence.
The Female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs during her life. (Ugh… such the little breeders they are!)
They lay the eggs in secluded areas and deposit 1, 2, or more a day.
Eggs are tiny, whitish colored, and about the size of a dust speck.
Needless to say, these guys are hard, if not impossible, to spot!
When they are first laid, they are also sticky, so can adhere to most surfaces.
With magnification, they may be detected, but this search is probably something best left to the professionals.
Bed Bugs do not fly, but can move very fast over floors, walls, and ceilings.
They are the most active at night, and in the daytime, prefer to hide close to where people sleep. (Insert scary, ominous music here.)
Don’t be afraid though, a trained professional can help you get rid of these minuscule pests.
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