Biology

The two species of bed bugs usually implicated in human infestations are Cimex lectularius and C. hemipterus. Bedbugs feed exclusively on blood which they require in order to develop and reproduce.

 They live in cracks and crevices associated with bed frames, head boards, mattresses and box springs. However they also will disperse away from the bed and can live between or beneath floorboards, carpeting, in or under furniture, behind picture frames, inside wall voids, etc.

Bed bugs differ from many other blood feeding pests such as mosquitoes, fleas, etc. in that both adult males and females, as well as all of the immature stages, feed on blood. Once they have fed they return back to their hidden resting places. In the absence of a host, bed bugs can continue to survive for many months without a blood meal. In fact it has been reported that in some cases bed bugs can survive a year or more without feeding.

Symptoms

It can be difficult to distinguish bedbug bites from other insect bites or rashes. In general, the sites of bedbug bites usually are:

  • Red, often with a darker red spot in the middle

  • Itchy

  • Arranged in a rough line or in a cluster

  • Located on the face, neck, arms and hands

Some people have no reaction to bedbug bites, while others experience an allergic reaction that can include severe itching, blisters or hives.

Treatment

  • Proper Inspection

  • Residual Spraying Treatment for Bedbugs

      (Registered insecticide  - Safe & Effective)

  • Ultra-Low-Volume Misting Treatment

      (Registered insecticide  - Safe & Effective)​

  • Cleanliness and Hygiene must be maintained

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