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Bed bugs (Cimex Lectularius L.) are good at hiding anywhere! When they are not seeking a blood meal, they seek privacy in very typical areas such as bed frames and cribs, mattresses and furniture but they can also be found in wall outlets, behind wall hangings, between the pages of reading material, toys and any items surrounding the affected area. Clutter provides extensive hiding places that can be difficult for inspectors of bed bugs in Chicago to find.
For a pest control operator technician, bed bugs are often difficult to find. Because they naturally hide very well; be prepared to have your technician inspect all the places near sleeping areas, which may mean taking the bed frames apart! With bed bug dog inspections, there is little need for an intrusive inspection.
Newly hatched bed bug eggs are very small, approximately 1mm (as small as a pin point), beige and somewhat translucent and are difficult to detect with the human eye without magnification. As they grow after each blood meal, their appearance is bright red in color. They shed their outer skeletal shell multiple times before reaching maturity. Under favorable conditions, this developmental process can happen in just a month, producing three or more generations a year.
These insects in their adult stage are oval shaped and a brownish color, just around a 1/4" long and are relatively flat. They can even be mistaken for ticks or infant cockroaches. Though feeding is preferred on a more regular schedule, adult bedbugs can go without a blood meal for a year. An adult female will lay 1-5 eggs per day and hundreds during her lifetime, approximately 18 months. That is 2,700 eggs for each adult female. This can lead to populations in excess of 5,000 in just 6 months.
Infestations to alarming proportions are becoming more common because the bed bug is an efficient hitchhiker. The bed bug travels in the tiniest of crevices, maybe a suitcase or garment hem or a book or work bag and then we, as the host, unknowingly bring them to home, work or school. This is why it is possible, as it has been documented in New York, five different subway stations have turned up positive for bedbugs.
An adult can live up to a year without a blood meal; hiding in wait. While feeding, their normally flattened body becomes plump. Most alarming is that as each day passes generations are hatching at a rate that is overwhelming if not detected early. Over time, if left untreated, soiled furniture can show these signs. So before these infestations are able to grow to destructive capacities, contact our bed bug inspectors.
An adult can live up to a year without a blood meal; hiding in wait
While feeding, their normally flattened body becomes plump
Most alarming is that as each day passes generations are hatching at a rate that is overwhelming if not detected early
Over time, if left untreated, soiled furniture can show these signs
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