The latin name for bedbugs is (Cimex lectularius), they are nasty little critters that live in cracks and crevices around beds (your bed if you are unlucky) in this post we are going to tell you all about bedbugs. The blood sucking insects locate their victims by their body heat and the carbon dioxide they exhale. Bedbugs crawl out from their hiding places at night and if you have a bedbug problem they will bite your exposed skin then feed on your blood.
Bedbugs are a bit like mosquitoes and their bites look a little bit similar, the bites of bedbugs are often mistaken for mosquito bites. One way to tell the difference is that mosquito bites tend to have random patterns, bedbug bites usually occur in straight lines. The bites usually popup 15 to 30 minutes after the victim has been bitten and can last for several days, not everyone reacts to bedbug bites so you could have a minor infestation of bedbugs feeding on you every night and you might not even know it. These nasty little insects commonly bite on the neck, hands, face and arms. The good news is bedbug bites are not dangerous and the insects don’t carry or transmit any human diseases. They are not attracted to dirt so if you have bedbugs it doesn’t mean you are dirty.
How to spot them
Worried you have bedbugs, wondering what to look for? Adult bedbugs resemble lentils, they are oval in shape, flat and can grow up to 5mm long. Their colour varies between dark yellow, red or brown and they can be found with the naked eye. The eggs are harder to spot, the bedbug eggs are white specks that stick to surfaces. After about 10 days the eggs hatch and tiny straw-coloured insects crawl out, after around eight weeks the baby bedbugs will have grown into adults. When they grow, bedbugs shed their skin and if you have them you will find mottled brown shells on your mattress. To mature the bedbugs need blood but once fully grown they can be very resilient, adult bedbugs can survive for up to a year without food. If you have bites and find black spots on your matress when you wake up or are changing the sheets you may have bedbugs, the black spots are the bedbugs dried faeces.
How did you get them?
Have you stayed in any hotels or hostels recently? Bedbugs can crawl into luggage and hitchhike a lift back to your home. Do you live in a block of flats? The insects cannot fly or jump very far but they are really good at crawling, they can invade an entire apartment complex very quickly. The insects can spread throughout a building by crawling through pipes and holes in walls.
How to get rid of the critters
Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of, Insecticide sprays have been used so many times that bedbugs have started to become immune to them. Ordinary insect repellent can be used to deter mosquitoes and ticks but it doesn’t seem to be effective for bedbugs. Heat treatment can be an effective and convenient way to remove the insects, with this kind of treatment belongings can stay in place.
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