Bed bugs are the great hitchhikers of the animal world. They are easily transported from one location to another via clothing, luggage, bedding, and more. Once bed bugs take up residency in your home, they will multiply rapidly. Bed bug infestations can be difficult to get rid of, and the larger the infestation, the more time, energy, and money is required to get rid of it. Being able to identify bed bugs correctly is an important step that will allow for early interventions.
Bed Bug Characteristics
Bed bugs are insects with 6 legs, 3 main body parts, and a pair of antenna. They are typically between 5-7 mm long and are reddish-brown in color. Many people compare the size and shape of a bed bug to an apple seed. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood. When they have not eaten recently, bed bugs are oval and relatively flat, but after they have eaten, they will be rounder and more swollen. Bed bugs may actually appear to be striped because of microscopic hairs on their segmented abdomens.
Bed Bug Nymphs
Baby bed bugs are called nymphs. Bed bugs go through a process called incomplete metamorphosis, meaning that the nymphs look similar to adults but are much smaller and are not sexually mature. As the nymphs grow, they will go through a series of molts until they reach adulthood. When bed bug babies first hatch, they are only the size of the head of a pin, and they are nearly translucent in color. This can make them difficult to see. When nymphs have recently fed, their abdomens will be bright red until the blood has been fully digested. With each molt, the nymphs become darker in color until they are brown like adults.
Bed Bug Eggs
In any infestation, the adults are only a fraction of the total population. Anywhere you find adult bed bugs, there will likely also be plenty of bed bug eggs. Unfortunately bed bug eggs are very difficult to see. They are visible to the human eye, but they are only 1 mm long and pale white in color. If you look carefully, they have the approximate shape of a grain of rice. Bed bugs will attach eggs to surfaces in groups or as single eggs. Bed bug eggs can be found near sleeping areas in places like cracks and crevices, the underside of furniture, in bedding, and along the seams of mattresses and box springs.
Tulsa Pest Control
If you think that you may have bed bugs, get professional help by calling Midwest Pest Control. Our expert technicians will come out to your home, perform an inspection, and customize a plan of action to eliminate the bed bugs. Our 100% satisfaction guarantee and dedication to excellent customer service will have you coming back to Midwest Pest Control for all of your Tulsa pest control needs. Contact us today for more information.