Bed bugs are attacking!
Bed bugs feed mainly on the blood of humans, but also suck blood from other animals, birds and bats. Bed bugs usually feed at night when people are asleep. As they feed, they inject a salivary secretion into the wound to prevent coagulation. This fluid often causes the skin to itch and become swollen. Scratching causes sores which may become infected.
The adult bed bug is brown and has no wings. It is about 1/4 inch long. The newly hatched bugs are almost colorless and similar to the adult except they are much smaller. When full of blood, the body becomes swollen and the color changes to dark red.
During the day, bed bugs hide in cracks in the walls, behind baseboards, wallpaper and pictures, where parts of a bed are joined together around slats, around the tufts of mattresses and in the bed clothes. They have a bad odor which is caused by an oily liquid they emit. Bed bugs are carried into homes in clothes, second hand beds, and bedding, furniture, suitcases, or by other people.
Bed bugs lay eggs that are 1/25" long and are slightly curved. they are fastened with a cement to cracks and crevices or rough surfaces near adult harborages.
The eggs hatch in 6 - 10 days. The newly hatched nymph is straw colored before feeding. After getting a blood meal, the nymph turns red or purple in color because of the blood in its body. There are 5 nymphal stages and it usually takes 35-48 days for nymphs to mature.
Female bed bugs deposit 10 - 50 eggs at a time. A total of 200 - 500 eggs can be produced per female. The eggs hatch in 1 - 3 weeks. Adult bed bugs can survive for 6 - 7 months without a blood meal and have been known to live in abandoned houses for 1 ½ years. In some cases they survive without humans by attacking birds and rodents.
(Koehler, P., Donald, S. & Kern, W. Pests in and around the Florida Home. University of Florida)
There are effective treatments to get rid of these insects. Most of the times, you don't need to throw out your mattresses and bed clothes. Call the experts
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