So there is good news and bad news about bed bugs.
The good news is that they don’t carry any diseases, and… that’s about it, all the rest is bad news.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small flat insects that have an oval shape. They are typically about 5-8mm long or about the size of an apple seed. Although they are usually a brownish color, they do swell up and turn a red tint after eating. What do they eat you might ask? Well, they eat blood, and this is one of the many reasons they are so unwanted. Unfortunately in NYC bed bugs are increasing in number, especially in higher population density neighborhoods, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. There are some highly-rated bed bug extermination services in NYC that can help to prevent the future growth of bed bugs.
Where do bed bugs live?
Since they have flat small bodies bed bugs can be found almost anywhere. They usually make their way into your home through laundry, luggage, pillows, blankets, anything that could have been exposed to bed bugs in another location. They quickly make their home the mattress and box springs in most cases. The sofa cushions and interior of the sofa are also a popular location for them to live. This way they have access to the skin of the people that sleep or sit on the bed, especially in the night when you are least expecting. Since they only feed for a few minutes they quickly disappear again into hiding without being noticed. But when you wake up you will find red spots where they bit you, and this is one of the easiest ways to find them.
What is the life cycle of a bed bug?
The first stage of the life cycle is the egg, which looks like very tiny pieces of rice. The female bed bug will feed every 10 days and lay about 5 eggs every day between feeding. As you can imagine the eggs and birth cycle add up quickly.
Infant bed bugs are called Nymphs and they go through 5 exo skin sheddings (about one per week) before reaching maturity, Before they shed their skin each time they feed on blood. Finding the shed skin is one indicator you might have bed bugs as well. They are typically more transparent than adults.
Fully grown bed guns have a brownish redish color that is more familiar. They can live for about 5 months and, when available, they eat about once a week. In the winter months and when they feed less often than can live almost double as long.
Finding and dealing with bed bugs is always a stressful task, you can attempt to DIY or throw away the infested items, but the cheapest and easiest option is usually just to call the experts.
Let the local bed bug prevention and extermination experts in Queens NY help before it is too late, call for quotes, and schedule an appointment the same day:
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