Bed bugs are unpleasant company during your sleep time. They can leave you small but very itchy marks that, if not controlled and managed properly, could cause a serious skin disease.
Bed bugs are kind of parasitic insects. They are called such because they love populating the bed, sofas, and other cushioned furniture. They feed on warm-blooded animals, commonly humans, usually at night, when the prey is asleep.
Bed bugs are quite small. They are very easy to be left unnoticed. The only way that you could suspect your bed or your home in general is infested by these unwelcome guests is when you start getting bed bug bites.
Bites are characterized by a small, reddish lump that is so tiny it is hard to really detect unless there are a lot of them. They are also itchy, will make you scratch endlessly, which may then result to the worse effect like skin rash, allergy, and even psychological effects.
During the last few years, bed bug infestations showed a dramatic increase. Experts associate it with increasing foreign travel. Bed bugs picked up from a hotel room travels back to one’s home and make a living there. That’s why people who are traveling constantly are advised to take precautionary measures in order to stop the infestations from reaching their homes.
The Size of a Bug
Bed bug nymphs or those newly hatched insects are just too tiny. The adult bug measures around four to five millimeters in length and about one and a half to three millimeters in width. When it comes to bed bug nymph sizes, expect that you are looking for just about a quarter of those dimensions or even less. When the adult bug feeds on human blood, its size can multiply three times.
Bed bugs can multiply in numbers incredibly if your space allows them to. In a warm environment, the one to five eggs laid per day by the ladybug can hatch in only ten days. After hatching the bug needs about five feedings before they reach adult stage and be ready to lay their own set of eggs.
Control Bug Infestation
One of the best ways to keep bed bug infestations under control is keeping a clean surrounding. Wash your bedding and everything in your bed that is cushioned in warm water. Hang it dry before putting them back on. Make sure to keep the clutter under control so there will not be a place for the bugs to hide anymore. Call a professional insect buster if your problem looks more terrible than usual.