Let’s be honest; you probably don’t have an encyclopedic knowledge or passion for bed bugs. They’re a pest, pure and simple. When we stumble across even a single bug, it’s time to cleanse the whole house. First things first, you need to understand your enemy. These facts will dispel a few myths you’ve most likely heard. For instance, you won’t find a bed bug flying over your face anytime soon. That doesn’t mean they won’t crawl, though.
Appearance and Lifestyle
Bed bugs are typically easily recognizable. The little critters are flat, round, and have a reddish-brown color. In size, they’re about a quarter-inch in length. What you see in your sheets is the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, or the tropical bed bug, Cimex hemipterus.
Decades ago, bedbugs weren’t too common in households across the country. Since the early 2000s, however, infestations have become more commonplace throughout the United States and Canada. According to a 2013 study, today’s bed bugs have evolved to resist conventional insecticides. This fact makes them quite difficult to eradicate in our homes.
Bed Bug Facts
When dealing with bed bugs, understand their nature and habits is crucial. Here are some facts:
- Food supply – Bed bugs can go without a single meal for over a year. Homeowners who believe they can starve their pest are wrong.
- Unwilling traveler – Bed bugs are lazy creatures. They do not hide actively but do limit the amount of activity they undergo.
- Slow – Bed bugs are slow. They move around 3 to 4 feet per minute. On an entirely flat surface, bed bugs will take an entire day to move but one mile.
- Ghostly – A newly-born bed bug will be ghostly white. After its first meal, a nymph bed bug will turn brilliant red.
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