Bed Bug Color
- They are normally brown in color. Engorged bed bugs are a red-brown color after a blood meal.
- They are flat and broad-oval shaped.
- Adult bed bugs can reach a size of about 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm.
Bed Bug Life Cycle
Bed bug biology naturally promotes infestation. Female bed bugs can lay one to five eggs per day, or an average of 540 eggs in a lifetime. They typically lay their eggs in cracks in the tufts of the bed and cracks in walls behind the bed. Bed bugs have a gradual metamorphic from nymphs to full adulthood in about 21 days and go through five stages of development before they reach full maturity. A bed bug will molt once during each stage of development, though a blood meal is required for a molt. An adult bed bug can live for several months without a blood meal.
Bed Bug Feeding
Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted by their hosts. For that reason, they tend to feed at night on bare skin that is exposed while sleeping. However, they are an opportunistic insect and will consume a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Although bed bugs prefer to feed on humans, they will feed on other warm-blooded hosts as well such as dogs, cats and birds.
Bed bugs can seem to be a daunting task but the bed bug removal experts at Pathfinder Pest in Buffalo have several steps to control them and treat them.
- Bed encasements (we highly recommend all treatments use these as it can help to seal all the bed bugs in the mattress and box spring)
- Apprehend treatment – Pathfinder Pest in Buffalo utilizes this Natural Biopesticide in our bed bug removal and insect control services. Apprehend uses fungal spores that germinate within 20 hours of contact with a bed bug. This is a 100% kill and no resistance can be built up against them. Due to the nature of them living in clusters they will walk and bump into one another and spread it that much faster. This will provide up to a 3 month residual to keep treating long after the first treatment.
- Monitoring – the best treatment is to prevent them in the first place. This will work well in apartments and housing developments to help detach them before them become a big problem.