What You Should Know About Bedbugs

by | Feb 10, 2014

What are Bedbugs?

BedbugBedbugs are small insects that are round in shape and are brown in color. They feed on human blood, after which they swell up and turn into a reddish shade. Bedbugs do not have the ability to fly, but their movements are very quick and swift, and they easily traverse off the walls, floors and ceilings.

A female bedbug is capable of laying several hundred eggs in a lifetime, and can produce as much as three generations of bedbugs in a year. Each egg is a small as a dust particle, and gives rise to a nymph, which is an immature bedbug. A nymph requires a complete blood meal, after which it sheds its skin. When the skin has been shed five times, the nymph turns into an adult bedbug. This entire cycle can be completed in around 30 days if the bedbug lives under favorable conditions.

Bedbugs are regarded as pests, and they can be quite a nuisance at times. A Mesa pest control company can help you in controlling them.  Unlike other pests, bedbugs do not transmit any diseases, but they can bite you. The bite causes an inflammation and makes your skin itchy.

The best bedbug control method is prevention. Learn more here.

Bedbug Hiding Places

Bedbugs start their infestation by travelling through clothing, luggage, bedding and other similar items. Their bodies are absolutely flat and they can fit themselves into the tiniest of places. Unlike ants and bees, bedbugs do not form any nests, but they still breed in groups.

The most common places of a bedbug infestation in any home are mattresses, bed frames, headboards and furniture. With the passage of time, bedbugs can spread into the house and even traverse into neighboring houses and apartments.

The Bite of a Bedbug

A bedbug is active at night and can bite you when you are asleep. It pierces your skin and then withdraws blood from your body for around three to ten minutes. Initially, the bite does not pain you, but the area becomes itchy later on. Generally, a bedbug bites in the form of clusters on your skin.

A bedbug can bite you in any area which you leave exposed while sleeping.

Signs of a Bedbug Infestation

If you spot any of these signs of a bedbug infestation, don’t delay in calling a pest control company:

  • Reddish or brown blood stains appear on your pillows and sheets overnight
  • Bedbug excrement on your bed, which resembles dark spots
  • A musty odor hanging around the place that has been infested

What’s the Best Bedbug Treatment Option?

There are a number of techniques which can be used to kill bedbugs. The most practical option of all of these is to hire a reputable Mesa pest control company and let them deal with the situation. They have the knowledge and the required equipment and chemicals at their hand, and can help you in eliminating bedbugs effectively.

Contact Arizona’s Best Choice Pest & Termite Services today to request service in Phoenix, Mesa, or the surrounding areas.


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