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You know many things about bedbugs, but didn’t know 10 things that are very important. Bedbugs are eiliptical shaped and reddish brown in color before feeding. After feeding it becomes dark brown. Bedbugs infestation is found in all over the world including 50 states in the USA. It’s not only limited to poor people or dirty places. High end 5 star hotels, Airplane, Train, Cinema hall, Office building etc are also reported for Bedbug infestation. Now find here the 10 things you might not know. Bedbugs life cycle is different than other insects.
From eggs to maturity they pass 5 stages which is called nymph. To change each stage they need a meal of blood.
1. The term bedbug is inaccurate.
The Latin name for bedbugs is Cimex lectularius, which means bug of the bed. But they can be all over your apartment, in the sofa, behind picture frames, or in the crevices of baseboards. It’s true that bed is the main target place and source of feeding for bedbugs.
2. Bedbugs don’t care hygiene or social status.
Anyone can be infested with bedbugs regardless of hygiene habits, poor housekeeping or poverty level. Nowadays high end 5 star hotels and Airplane are also reported as infested with bedbugs. Regularly cleaning can reduce the spreading of infestation.
3. Bedbugs don’t transmit any diseases
Till today they haven’t been proven to transmit any harmful diseases. But bedbug bites can cause insomnia, anxiety, and related similar conditions. Most people feel itching & irritation from bedbug bites, and for some bad lucky people it can cause allergic reaction or asthma symptoms. Also it’s reported that some people can’t sleep for weeks, miss work and searching the similar topic which is called bedbugs paranoia. Finally that can lead to mental health risk.
4. Bedbug bites respond differently.
Bedbug bites don’t respond instantly and it may vary from person to person. It may take half an hour to a week to appear. For about 30% people bites may not appear at all. Usually medical treatment are not necessary for bedbug bites except those who are unlucky & allergic. Those who are allergic to bedbug bites should call a doctor immediately.
#5. They can live a year without a meal
Bedbugs can survive 2 to 3 months without feeding at normal temperature of 23 degree Celsius and 1 year in chiller climates. Their peak feeding time is when people sleeping from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. They can take chance at day time also. Moreover their eggs can remain undeveloped upto 1 year which makes it difficult to eliminate in one treatment.
6. Slow Reproduction
Bedbugs reproduction is slower than other insects. A female bedbug can lay 1 to 5 eggs a day, and up to 200 to 500 eggs in here entire life. In normal room temperature and sufficient food supply they can live more than 300 days. Each egg takes 10 days to hatch and 5 to 6 weeks to develop into an adult.
7. Bedbugs should be called mattress bug.
Bedbugs live exclusively in mattress, and so they should be called mattress bug. They are also found in suitcase, sofa, clothing, furniture, electric outlet, carpet and ceilings. They can spread into bus, train, school building, cinema hall, office building, Airplane, and five star hotels also.
8. It’s not always necessary to throw away belongings.
Only in sever infestation and if you do it yourself you should throw away belongings. But if you call a professional exterminator they have enough expertise to remove bedbugs from your home including belognings effectively. Moreover if you can apply heat treatment with combination of spray and steam cleaner solution, you can escape from throwing out belongings. Remember, temperature above 120 degree censius for 30 minutes can kill bedbugs.
9. You can spray bedbugs away, but Professional exterminator is highly recommended.
Although you can spray bedbugs away but prefer professional exterminator if possible. Spray is easy to apply and nowadays multiple brands of bedbug killer are available. Before choose a brand search it in amazon, read consumer review, compare price and check their refund policy. If you like a professional exterminator then collect few quotes from local exterminators. Check their previous experience and also check their price if it’s in your range of budget. If not then try with DIY (do it yourself) method.
10. They can’t fly but crawl quickly
Since bedbugs don’t have wings they can’t fly. But they can crawl a meter within 1 minute. They are so fast that they hide before your eyes. So, even you can’t see them you may have them. In low level infestation it’s very difficult to find evidence and live bedbugs. A trained dog can sniff out bedbugs infestation, but this service is very much expensive.
Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed.