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Bed bugs are oval-shaped, wingless insects that grow to be 5-6mm long as adults. They are rusty brown in colour and turn a deeper reddish-brown after a blood meal. An adult bedbug can survive for 6 months in temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius, and much longer in colder climates. After mating, each female lays 2-3 eggs per day for the rest of her life. The cream-colored eggs are about 1mm long and hatch in about 10 days at room temperature, but take longer in cooler conditions.

Nymphs are born when the eggs hatch. The nymphs are paler in colour and range in size from 1-4mm. Bed bugs have a flattened body and are a very secretive species, making detection difficult. They prefer to hide in dark places, usually near where people sleep. This includes under mattresses, floorboards, paintings, and carpets, behind skirting, in various wall cracks and crevices, within bed frames, and within other furniture.

Bed bugs can be found in almost any place where people congregate, including homes, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores, and even public transportation; they travel easily and are carried in luggage, clothing, bedding, and furniture.

Bed bugs’ mouthparts are designed to pierce the skin and sucking blood. During feeding, they inject saliva, which allows them to thin the blood. Bed bugs are drawn to warmth and the carbon dioxide we exhale.
The majority of their feeding will take place at night, and they will generally seek shelter during the day and become inactive while digesting the blood meal. They can go for long periods of time without eating.

If you have any questions about this pest or bed bug treatments, contact a professional Pest Control in Swindon And Wiltshire.

How to Determine Whether You Have a Bed Bug Infestation treatment for bed bugs

Bed Bug Bites

Example of Bedbug bites

Bedbug Signs Of Infestation

Bedbug Signs Of Infestation Fecal Spotting

  • Bed bugs, both alive and dead, as well as cast skins A live bed bug infestation will confirm that the infestation is still active.
  • Faecal spotting is caused by bed bugs digesting blood. It may be seen on the sheets at first, but it is most commonly seen along mattress seams and beading.
    Cream-colored eggs, approx. 1mm, which are typically laid in crevices in dark areas.

Pest Control for Bed Bugs

  • Bed bugs have a smell that has been described as “sickly sweet.” This is usually observed in areas with heavy infestations or when one is close to a bed bug.
  • Bites: Being bitten in bed is an indication of an infestation, but not all bites are from bed bugs.
  • Blood stains on the sheets or the mattress

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