Bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped insects that can grow up to approximately 1/8″ in length. Their color is a reddish brown, similar in hue to drying blood. Bed bugs lay mostly dormant during the day hiding out in cracks, and crevices, and near bedding. Typical hiding places are in the folds and tufts of mattresses, coils of springs, cracks and hollow posts of bedsteads, and upholstery of chairs and sofas. They enter such areas easily because of their extremely flattened bodies.
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During the night these insects come out to feed on blood. They are known to venture out more than 100 feet from hiding spots in search of blood. Humans are the preferred host for the common bed bug but it will feed readily on other animals, such as poultry, mice, rats, canaries, dogs and cats when necessary. Most people are allergic to the saliva injected by Bed bugs as they feed. Allergic reactions typically result in red, swollen, and itchy bite marks. Often the only sign of Bed bugs that most people will witness are bites on the skin, and blood spots on bedding.
Female Bedbugs are capable of laying about two eggs a day. They typically lay eggs in cracks. The eggs can hatch in as little as one week, and can grow into adults in one to two months. Adults can survive up to one year without a single feeding, giving them plenty of time to make meals out of human hosts.
Controlling Bed bugs requires the help of experts. Structural Termite and Pest Control provides safe and effective pest control solutions to combat Bed bug infestations. If you suspect a Bed bug infestation contact us today: Request a Pest Control Consultation Online or by calling 800-696-7379.