Bedbugs are surprisingly small, about the size of an apple seed. They’re flat, oval shaped and reddish brown. They become swollen and turn a true reddish color after feasting on their victim though. Furthermore, since bedbugs only feed on blood, they can leave red welts on your skin. Also, they are especially active at night when you’re asleep. Bedbugs can be found in the seams of mattresses, furniture, sheets, cracks and crevices; behind baseboards, picture frames and electrical outlets. Additionally, they’re often found in hotels because they can travel easily from room to room by hitching rides on luggage, briefcases and purses. A bedbug infestation is difficult too to get control of yourself once it starts, so you will need a professional exterminator to eliminate them.
When a juvenile bedbug grows, it sheds its skin and leaves the casing behind. This casing then can indicate the presence of an infestation. Also, after the bedbugs eat, they return to what is their safe places to hide. Now when they defecate they leave brown or black stains on porous surfaces such as your sheets, and brown or black mounds on non-porous surfaces such as your dresser. In all, the female reproduces one to five eggs a day and could lay between 200-500 eggs in its lifetime. These small cream colored eggs are laid in hidden places such as the dark crevices and cracks in the trim and molding around the walls and floors of a home’s sleeping places. Too, if the room temperature is normal and they have an adequate food supply; a person’s blood, the most common species’ lifespans can be up to 300 days. Bedbugs additionally have a distinctive sweetish scent that’s unpleasant.
The bite of a bedbug can leave an itchy welt on your skin and in some people it causes an allergic reaction such as severe itching. Also, there are different species of bedbugs, but the common bedbug is called cimex lectualris. This type of bedbug is exceptionally adaptable to the environment humans live in. Other species will feed on humans in a pinch, but prefer bats and birds.