This insect is found more and more in houses now. Recent news stories have spokenÂ of out breaks of the bugs in movie theaters and clothing stores. In fact my wife, who is aÂ pharmacist, was even asked how to get rid of them. Â I donâ€™t suggest looking toward yourÂ overworked pharmacist and the grocery store she works in for products that will control theseÂ insects.
Bed bugs are about â…•-inch long and 1/8th-inch wide. They are reddish brown in color. Â They are blood sucking insects. Â In bad infestations you can smell their odor as soon as youÂ walk in the front door. Â Bed bugs feed on the blood of human hosts but they will also feed on other animals suchÂ as mice, rats, dogs and cats. Â Adult bed bugs can live a year or longer without feeding. Â BedÂ bugs vary greatly when it comes to development. Â Each female will lay about 2 eggs a day untilÂ she has laid about 200 eggs. They will take anywhere from under a week to just over 2 weeksÂ to hatch. Â After hatching, the nymphs will need a food supply. Â Some time between 4 and 9 weeksÂ (going back to the greatly varying development time), the bed bugs will start mating and theÂ females will start laying their eggs.
Bed bugs usually stay near their food source. Â They can be found in beds (the boxÂ springs especially), under beds, under bedside tables, behind the headboard and behindÂ pictures hanging on the walls. Â This is only a short list of where I have found them. Â They like darkÂ places that are near their food. Â Treatment is tedious and can be physically demanding. Under no circumstance should youÂ spray your bed sheets. Â They should, however, be washed in hot soapy water. Â Beds and box springs should beÂ treated with a non-residual insecticide labeled for bed bugs and approved to be applied on andÂ around beds. Â A residual insecticide labeled for bed bugs should be used around baseboards,Â behind picture frames and other places they are found during a thorough inspection.