Bed Bugs

There has been a major increase in bed bug infestations over the past several years. In fact, a number of Ohio cities are ranked in the top 12 infested cities in the country.

To combat an infestation, you first need to know what to look for. Bed bugs look different depending on their stage of life. The adult is the size of an apple seed and are mahogany or brownish in color. From egg, the bed bug will go through 5 nymph stages needing a blood meal during each molt. The early stage is white and will progress darker during the stages. They live up to 18 months with three or more generations per year. They can lay up to 12 eggs per day, up to 500 during her lifetime.

Unfortunately, your problem begins with them being transported to your location. You need to continually inspect your belongings and surroundings to include clothing, furniture (especially previously used), luggage, gym bags, and other personal belongings. Be aware that you can encounter them in many areas you visit daily such as buses, medical facilities, theatres, office buildings, and the mall for instance.

What are the signs of bed bugs? Seeing an actual bed bug is one thing. However, signs of an infestation also include fecal spots (like dark pen spots), skin casings, eggs, blood smears on sheets, and the bites that appear on your skin.

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Prevention Tips for Home

Prevention Tips While Traveling

Due to the elusiveness of the pest, bed bug treatments cannot be quoted over the phone. Rather, an inspection must be performed by a qualified Apex Tech or a canine to assess the level of infestation and the appropriate required treatment. A quote then can be provided at this time.

Due to the complexity of this issue and what is required to eradicate the infestation, it is best to call Apex as soon as possible!

Bed Bug Identification

These parasitic pests are some of the most difficult to eradicate. Identification is the first step in removing any pest from your home or office. Bed bugs are more common than you think!

Bed Bugs

Identification Tips:

  • Color: Adult is mahogany to rusty brown; red-brown in color when engorged with blood. Nymph (baby bed bugs) are nearly colorless when hatch
  • Legs: 6
  • Size: Adults are about 3/16 to 1/5 inches long; Nymphs range from 1.3mm to 4-5mm; Eggs are white and about 1/32 inch long
  • Identifying Characteristics: Broadly oval and flat; body becomes elongated, swollen, and dark red after a blood meal; have beaklike piercing-sucking mouthparts; possible to detect an obnoxiously sweet or foul “locker-room” odor, which is emitted from their glands

Characteristics of this insect:

  • Bed bugs feed only on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts including poultry, rodents, dogs, and cats to name a few
  • Bed bugs do not fly or jump. They can enter tight crack and crevice locations because of their flattened bodies
  • They are elusive, nocturnal creatures; hiding during the day in dark, protected sites. However, they are opportunistic and may take a blood meal during the day in heavy infestations
  • Adults and young ones can go with no feedings for 80 to 140 days. Older adults are known to live as long as 550 days with no feedings (that is about 18 months!)
  • Female bed bugs lay from one to twelve eggs per day; eggs are coated with a sticky substance and adhered to rough surfaces or in cracks and crevices. This is about 500 eggs per her lifetime. Eggs hatch in 7 – 10 days. Developmental time (egg to adult) is affected by temperature – about 21 days at 86º F to 120 days at 65º F. Bed bugs reach maturity after 5 molts (require a blood meal to molt)
  • Adult’s lifespan may encompass 12-18 months with three or more generations per year