Found all over the world, bed bugs are small, wingless nocturnal parasites – this means they are active at night and rest during the day. Bedbugs like to hide in mattresses and bedding where they have access to food of a night – human blood. Bed bugs have a mouth than can pierce skin and while the bite is painless and some people don’t react to the bite, others do and the bite area can become itchy.
Forensic Pest Control have put together a 2 part guide to help you understand more about these tiny creatures – what they are, where they live and how pest control in Sydney from Forensic Pest Control can help you deal with an infestation.
Characteristics of the beg bug includes:
- They are wingless
- Have a squat head
- Have large mouth parts (mandible)
- Are half a centimeter long
- Are susceptible to the changes of temperature
- Have a flat – oval shaped body
- Have large antennae
- Have 6 legs
- Can survive without feeding for months at a time
- Change from a light brown colour to a rust-red colour following a meal
Unfortunately humans are the preferred host. Bed bugs live on blood and while they prefer human blood they will also feed on other mammals if they need to. Bedbugs are attracted to both the carbon dioxide we exhale and also love body heat – this is how they find their way to a human host, where they will commonly feed on shoulders and arms.
During feeding the bed bugs proboscis (feeding organ) swings forward and downward to pierce the skin, saliva is then injected – this is the cause of the allergic reaction in some people. They take about 5 to 10 minutes to feed.
Common hiding spots for bed bugs includes
- The seams of mattresses
- Sheets and blankets
- Between the cracks of wooden floors
- In wall cracks or crevices
- Beneath loosened edges of wallpaper
Bed Bug pest control in Sydney can be carried out by Forensic Pest Control, call today to find out how we can help you.