Bedbugs

Waking up with bites all over!!

Have you slept with bed bugs?

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Do Bedbugs carry diseases?
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No, bedbugs are not know to carry diseases.

 

Bedbugs bites are a problem. The bedbug will have a few test bites which leave a run of bites. The bed bug releases their saliva which has anticoagulant properties this means it delays or prevents the blood from clotting. Some people do not feel them biting and have reaction. Whilst other people will get localised swelling and are irritated by the bite. Bites can become infected by constant scratching in these cases it is best to seek medical advice.

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Why are Bedbugs a pest?

Bedbugs are a pest because they leave bite marks over human bodies. Traditionally, they were found in and near beds, therefore in residential and commercial accomodation stays such as hotels, motels, backpackers, bed and breakfast, resorts, caravan parks ect. Recently they have become a problem in other areas such as airlines, train carriages, movie theatres, entertainment venues as they live in close proximity to seats. Due to the resilience and adaptability of this insect they have become worldwide travellers. They will catch a ride in your luggage, backpacks and briefcases. 

What do Bedbugs look like?
Bed Bug Anatomy

Appearance of adult: 4 to 5 mm in length and are of flattened oval shape. The colouring is a rusty red/brown. When they do bite they have an elongated mouthpart which is sharp and pointed so they are apt at piercing the skin. They move this part up and down to get their blood meal.

Appearance of nympth: same appearance as the adults. They shed skin castings as they grow.

How do Bedbugs reproduce?
Bed Bug Life Cycle

Reproduction of the bedbug: the female needs to have a blood meal of protein before she can lay her ten or more eggs. The bedbug attaches its eggs to the cracks and crevices in the harbourage area. The eggs take 7 to 30 days to hatch. The female lays between 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime. The nympths must have a blood meal before they can moult thus shedding their skin. They moult five times before they are adults. The nymphs leave small dark brown faeces marks in their harbourage area. These marks can be seen easily on bed sheets. If the areas is heavily infested then there will be a sickly sweet odour. In favourable conditions, the bedbug can feed more. This means they have a short time to live. The shortest life expectancy is 45 days therefore the area is infested. In bad conditions, where there is no host available for a blood meal then they can live for over a year. They can survive months without a blood meal. ​

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Where do Bedbugs live?

Harbourages: bedbugs can be found in cracks and crevices of bed, bedding, upholstered chairs, furniture, walls and behind skirting boards, architraves and wall papers and even among books.

Any unusual habits of Bedbugs?
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Habits: bedbugs are nocturnal insects hiding in the cracks and crevices in close proximity to the bed through the daylight hours. The higher the temperature of the host the easier it is for the bedbugs to locate their next blood meal. Then they emerge when it is dark. They have their feed and then retreat back into their harbourage area. Bedbugs prefer humans as their host but it has been found that in some cases they have fed on bats, cats and other mammals so they can survive.