Bedbugs are nocturnal insects that feed on blood. Females deposit small whitish eggs with a glue like material in cracks and crevices where they hide. A female will lay 1 – 5 eggs daily and can produce 200-500 in her lifetime. The eggs take approx. 1 week to hatch. Bites are usually in rows. Mattresses and especially box springs get infested. It is suggested that special covers be purchased to prevent them from being infested. Fecal matter may be noticed in harboring areas, they look like little black specks.
Bedbug Life Cycle
The bedbug life cycle starts with an egg. After birth the bedbug will move through 5 instars or stages, ending with adulthood. While they are moving through the 5 stages they are referred to as a nymph. In order to move from stage to stage, a bed bug needs to feed on a mammal. They prefer human blood, but will feed on other available animals such as a pet or bat. They can feed several times during each stage and as much as 1x per day. As the bedbug moves from each stage, or instar, they will molt as they grow.
A bedbug will impale its human host at night to withdraw blood, although if a bedbug has gone without feeding, they might try and feed during the day. A nymph will look for a blood meal right after hatching from an egg. Room temperate plays a role in how fast bedbugs move through the life cycle. If the temperature is between 70 and 80 degrees F, the bed bug takes approximately 4 to 5 weeks at 83-90 degrees F to move from egg, through the juvenile or nymph stages, and to adulthood. Three generations of bed bugs could be born in a year. The lifespan of an adult is 10 to 11 months, although they could live for a year without feeding.
Bedbug Exterminators & Bedbug Pest Control
Bedbugs have been on the rise for the last 5 years, right along with the need for safe and effective bedbug pest control. If you need to get rid of bedbugs in New York or Vermont, trust the bedbug exterminators at Natures Way Pest Control. Call (518) 745-5958 in New York, or (802) 855-2978 in Vermont.
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