Chapter 2 - What is a Bed Bug?
A bed bug is a small brownish, parasite that is very low to the ground. It is about 1/8” (4mm), or about the size of an apple seed. Bed bugs feed on blood, just like mosquitoes, and leave a bite that is very similar. Some people have absolutely no reaction to the bite and are totally unaware that they even have them in their home.
Even though bed bugs are parasites, they do not live on your body like lice or fleas. Instead, they hide in your home and then come out to feed. After they feed they return to their hiding spot. This makes them hard to find and irritating too as they usually feed at night. While bed bugs prefer to stay close to their food they will travel up to 100 feet to feed. Their flat bodies allow them to squeeze into very small …show more content…
You may think that you have gotten rid of them only to find that they are still hiding in your home. The problem with bed bugs is that the young adults and the fully grown ones can survive for a long time without food. For adults, this can be several months! Not only that, females can drop up to 5 eggs per day throughout your home and up to 500 eggs throughout their lifetime. Obviously, it is very important to get rid of every single one of them.
Since bed bugs prefer to hide in furniture and bedding, most infestations start in the bedroom. Once you have an infestation, beg bugs spread quickly throughout your entire home and the problem can become a huge issue. You need to deal with bed bugs grow quickly and soon are a much, much bigger