What You Should Know About Bedbugs

While they cannot fly, they are small, fast, and love to travel along walls, floorboards, and ceilings. Easily identified by their round and brown bodies, bedbugs are bugs that feast on blood, often that of humans. These pests are incredibly difficult to take care of once an infestation starts, so here is what you should know about bedbugs. Read on for what you should know about bedbugs.

Over the course of its lifetime, a female bedbug is able to lay up to several hundred eggs. This produces as much as three generations of offspring per year! Eggs are hard to identify, as they are as small as a speck of dust, and will hatch into a young bedbug known as a nymph. Nymphs completely feast on blood before they shed – this happens five times before the nymph turns into an adult. Under the best of conditions, this entire process can happen in just one month!

These bugs are considered upsetting pests and are an immense pain to remove. Arizona Organic Pest & Termite Control has plenty of experience identifying the signs of bedbugs along with eliminating them. Call today to schedule an inspection!

Hiding Places of Bedbugs

Bedbugs are an infectious pest that travels to other destinations by hiding inside of luggage, clothing, bedding, and other similar things. Since their bodies can be flattened, they will fit into almost any space. Unlike other similar pests, bedbugs do not nest and just freely mate and leave eggs where they can.

The most common places for a bedbug infestation are areas that are small and dark. Oftentimes bedrooms are infected, with mattresses, bedframes, and other furniture being prime real estate. If given enough time, the bedbugs can spread to other areas of the home and to neighbors as well.

Bedbug Bites

Bedbugs are nocturnal bugs that come out to feast while you are sleeping. Their bites pierce the skin and suck out blood for anywhere from three to ten minutes. While the bite itself does not hurt, the area does become irritated and will turn red and itchy later. Typical signs of bedbug bites are small clusters of bites around your skin. Any skin exposed while you sleep has the potential to be bitten.

Signs of Infestations

A few telltale signs of an infestation follow – if you think that you may have an infestation, call for services as soon as possible!

  • Blood stains appear reddish or brown across pillows or bedding sheets overnight.
  • Dark spots that are actually bedbug excrement are left on your bed.
  • If the suspected area begins to develop a musty scent.

Treating Bedbugs

There are many ways to treat bedbugs, but many of the do-it-yourself methods are unreliable at best and actually have the potential to harm you or your pets. The best method to treat bedbugs is to get an official inspection by a reputable pest control company, something that we have been doing at Arizona Organic for over 20 years, and to allow them to handle the situation.