Adult bed bugs area approximately 3/16 of an inch long and reddish-brown in color. They are flat with an oval shape. Once fed, they become plump and red.
They generally hide during the day, coming out at night to feed on their hosts, such as humans, birds, and family pets. Feeding only takes about 10 minutes and is usually unnoticed by the host. Afterward, the bite may become inflamed and itch, but many people never react. If no food source is available, this pest can lay waiting for 500 or more days (yes, over one year!)
Bed bugs feed mostly on human blood, but they will also feed on the blood of poultry, mice, rats, canaries, dogs, and cats when necessary.
Females typically lay 1 to 5 eggs per day, and 200 – 500 in their lifetime. The eggs hatch in approximately seven days and reach adulthood in about 21 days.
Why They Are a Pest
While bed bugs do not actually transmit disease, they can definitely cause damage to your mental well-being. For instance, insomnia, stress, depression, and social isolation are all very real issues for those suffering from a bed bug infestation. When bed bugs keep you awake all night, it can begin to affect your stress and emotional levels. You may not be able to focus, become irritable, anxious or even lose your appetite. If you suspect bed bugs… don’t wait! Give yourself peace of mind and call Modern Pest Services!