Bed bugs are tiny little parasites that prefer to feed on humans. These critters do not fly, jump, or make much noise, but they do move quickly. Unfortunately, with the ease of international travel, bed bugs in California has been on the rise in the last several years. With the influx of bed bugs around, here are a few things you need to know about these parasites.
The most common places bed bugs are known to pick a new host from are hotels, used furniture, schools, apartments, movie theatres and public transportation. Most of the time one will pick up a bed bug and their eggs in one of these locations and bring them home.
A female bed bug can lay up to five eggs a day and over 500 in their lifetime. After hatching, these bugs, known as nymphs, will reach adulthood in three weeks. The adult bed bugs seek out blood as meals by zeroing in on the carbon dioxide one exhales.
Since we omit the most carbon dioxide when we sleep, bed bugs are commonly found in beds, although they can be found anywhere one spends an extended period of time.
A bed bugs bite is painless, but it can cause severe itching and make the skin become irritated or inflamed. However, people differ in their sensitivity to bed bug saliva. Some people can often live with an infestation that goes unnoticed until a companion is bitten.
Some can experience allergic reactions that will require attention, but most are not affected by the amount of blood loss due to bed bug feeding.
The good news is that there is a solution to your bed bug problems. The experts at critter busters have the knowledge, skills, and tools to provide a solution. Call us today to get an inspection and begin a treatment program.