Description: Rusty and Reddish in color. The adult bedbug is approx. 5mm in length. While an unfed bedbug is flat and thin, after feeding they become longer, rounder and redder.
Habits: They hide in gaps (most often on wood and paper surfaces) during the day. At night, they leave these areas to feed on blood sources from humans, birds, and family pets. Feeding takes anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes and is typically not noticed by the host.
Treatment: Due to the high reproductive rate (1 female lays 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime) and their tendency to seek out other places aside from mattresses and bed frames makes it difficult for any home owner to control. Treatment is best completed by a professional and the customer following pre-treatment guidelines.
BED BUG BITES:
Description: Bites typically look like a rash with red bumps that may cause itching and become inflamed. Due to the anesthetic properties of the bed bug saliva, the host tends not to feel when they are being bitten.
Treatment: Bites will typically disappear on their own, but if they become too painful or the rash worsens medical attention should be sought out to treat a possible allergic reaction.
*Not everyone reacts the same to bed bug bites, some may not show a reaction at all.