These bloodsuckers are attracted to your body's warmth and carbon dioxide. They hide in bed frames, cracks, crevices, furniture, mattresses, and other areas until they're ready to feed on you while you sleep. If you have a bedbug infestation, it must be treated professionally and quickly because of the bedbug's ability to rapidly multiply and migrate.
What Are Bed Bugs?
Adult bed bugs are small, oval, wingless insects just under a ¼ inch long and are relatively flat. They are reddish-brown in color and sometimes are mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. The body become more elongate, swollen and dark after a blood meal. Immature bed bugs look very much like adults but are much smaller and lighter in color.
Female bed bugs lay 1- 5 eggs per day and deposit their eggs in cracks or on rough surfaces and secure them with transparent cement for an average total of 200 – 500 per lifetime. Developmental time for an egg to adult takes 21 days and a bed bug can live for 11 months.
Bed bugs live in many areas of the room. While their favorite spot is close to the food source you will find them harboring in the seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames and head boards.
Typically they are nocturnal insects, unless they are very hungry. They spend most of the daylight hours hiding in locations where they are unlikely to be seen. Bed bugs do not live on or infest people instead they are similar to a mosquito that feeds and then leaves. They are most active late at night or just before dawn when the occupants are in a deep sleep, during which time they come out of their hiding places to feed. Bed bugs are attracted to the C02 that is exhaled and the warmth of the human body. Bed bugs move around by crawling, they do not fly or jump. If they are present in a room they are usually located on or close to the bed or couch so that the bug can be in close contact found in other areas as well, usually within 20 feet.
Thermal Remediation treatments are the non-chemical solution used in the battle against insecticide-resistant bed bugs. Electric heaters are placed within the space, introducing and recirculating heated air with a target temperature not to exceed 135°F based on air intake.2.
Temperatures are monitored in real time from a remote location using wireless sensors to ensure lethal temperatures are reached without damaging the space and it contents.3.
High temperature fans move heated air throughout the space to reach insects in cracks and crevices and high infestations zones.