Bed bugs bite at night. The bite marks will depend on the reaction of the person being bitten, as with Fleas & other biting insects different people may react in a different way and at a different time to others. Bites are usually on areas of the body that stick out the bed covers. Bed bugs are very much visible to the eye.
In most bed bug infestations bed bugs will not be seen, the only evidence being the bites. You cannot deal bed bugs crawling on your skin the only thing you will feel will be the result of the bite long after the bed bug has crawled home!
They are large enough to see without any magnification; they can grow up to 1/4 inch long. Young hatch looking much like adults just much smaller. Most will appear to be a transparent tan or beige colour but will quickly turn dark brown, almost black, once they have fed. Bed bugs have almost a round body though it appears to be more oval upon closer observation. Bed bugs have six legs and are very good walkers. Bed bug infestations have been on the increase since 2003 due to business travel, foreign holidays, immigration & the sale of 2nd hand furniture.
The Bedbug infestation may have spread from an adjoining building or from some furniture or suitcase recently brought into the house, second hand clothing may also spread infestation. Bedbugs feed entirely on human blood at night when the victim is asleep. After feeding they crawl back into their hiding places which are in cracks and crevices in furniture, behind wall paper, bed frames, cupboards, mattresses, electrical equipment, curtains, light fittings etc.
Bed Bugs are one of the hardest insects to treat and treatments will only work if the preparation has been done correctly. The bed sheets & curtains must be removed & washed. The room(s) to be treated must be vacuumed & cleaned. The drawers & wardrobes must be emptied & the clothes only re introduced to the rooms once they have been washed or tumble dried. The treatment will fail if the room is full of clutter. The rooms must be clear of toys, books, boxes, bags, posters etc. Be careful not to put any of these objects into other rooms as you may spread the infestation. Objects in the room that cannot be either washed, tumble dried or sprayed with the insecticide (books, shoes, cd’s, Bags etc) must be put in a freezer overnight. This should be done before putting objects back into a treated room.
Bed bugs usually only infest rooms that are slept in & we recommend treating any adjoining bed rooms to the infested room. They can lay dormant for up to 12 months so be careful with any objects removed & then re introduced back into a bedroom within this time frame. If you are going to replace a bed or mattress either do this prior to treatment or once your are sure the treatment has worked & all bed bugs have been eradicated.
If you are unsure about the preparation then please phone the office on +91 9987058829.
We treat the walls, ceilings, bed, mattress, furniture and surrounding areas in the bed rooms with one (or both ) of the following insecticide sprays: Demand CS'* which contains Lambda-cyhalothrin.
After treatment do not let domestic animals walk on treated surfaces until dry and if bare skin comes into contact whilst wet then wash. Do not vacuum the carpeted areas that have been treated for at least two weeks or longer if the room(s) are not kept hot and dry.
The walls, bed frames or any other treated surfaces must not be washed for at least two months. The reason for this is that the insecticides will last up to 2 months and washing, vacuuming and cleaning will break the insecticides down.
All bedding must be laundered. The treated room(s) must be heated and occupied at night as this encourages the Bedbugs to crawl over the treated surfaces. Be prepared to see some bed bugs for at least 2 weeks after treatment. If you see more bed bugs after this time then another spray may be necessary.
It is important to reduce humidity & keep the premises warm, so leaving windows open or using a de humidifier makes eradication more likely & quicker.
Do not introduce ‘new’ furniture to an infested area unless this has been treated as well until the infestation has been eradicated.
If you have any questions then please phone the office on +91 9987058829.
Bed bugs are wingless insects and as such move around by crawling or riding from place to place in clothing, luggage or other such transport. Distribution can be further exacerbated in places such as theatres and public transport, with infestations frequently occurring in hotels and other buildings where there is a high density and turnover of individuals.
Bed bugs are mostly found in bedrooms as they generally feed at night when the host is asleep. When not feeding they live in the bed frame or cracks and crevices around the room. They do not harbour in the mattress or bedding material.
They are reddish brown in colour turning blood red after feeding. The adult reaches approximately 5mm in length and passes through five nymph stages over a period of time to 128 days. The female lays her eggs in batches of 10 to 50, they are white in colour and deposited on various surfaces with a thin glue. They take on average 10 days to hatch and can mature into adults within one to two months given ample food. The female is then ready to start laying eggs. The speed of development depends on temperature and food availability. Surprisingly, bed bugs can live longer without food and can go without feeding for up to 140 days; the adult typically lives for about 10 months but can survive for a year or longer in cool buildings. This sensitivity to temperature means bed bugs will start to die if temperatures drop below 9ºC or rise above 36ºC. However, modern buildings have created ideal conditions for the bed bug with central heating and easy access to adjoining properties being commonplace.
Below you’ll see the bed bug life cycle which typically takes about 40 days when well fed. The growth cycle can take longer if the food source is limited. In the photo of the life cycle below, you can see the beginning stage starts with the egg (which looks like rice) and is approximately 1/4 mm in length.
The next stage is the first instar nympth, also about 1.5mm long and almost transparent until the first feeding. They are very difficult to see at this stage of development.
The third stage of the bed bug’s life cycle is the second instar nymph at 2mm long. Third stage is 2.5mm, fourth is 3mm, fifth is 4.5mm and the final molting shows the bed bug reaching the final stages of the cycle.