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The Bedbug Common Bedbug, Cimex Lectularidus

The adult bedbug is a flat, oval shaped insect approximately 5 mm long, reddish-brown in colour becoming purple after feeding. They are nocturnal insects which feed at night.Bedbugs are unable to fly; they either crawl or are passively transported in clothing, luggage, furniture, books or other objects used as harbourage. They are able to survive many months without feeding which increases their chances of surviving long periods of transportation or storage.

Biology

Adult bedbugs are about 5-7 mm long, oval, flat, brown- to mahogany-colored, with a 3-segmented beak, 4-segmented antennae, and vestigial wings. They have very thin, vertically flattened bodies covered with short, golden-coloured hair. They give off a distinctive musty, sweetish odour, due to certain chemicals that are produced by glands in their ventral thorax. Their abdomens are usually pointed in males and rounded in females. They feed on blood of birds or mammals; the method used for mating is "traumatic insemination." It can take 3-12 minutes for one bedbug to feed. About 20% of the time adult bed bugs and large nymphs will void remains of earlier blood meals while feeding and this produces the characteristic rusty spots seen on bed sheets or in the bedbugs hiding places.

They feed repeatedly but each of the five nymphal stages must have at least 1 blood meal before it can develop to the next stage. Females must feed in order to produce eggs. Bedbugs will travel 5-20 ft. from an established harbourage to feed on a host. They seem to prefer humans; they readily feed on birds, rodents or other mammals. Their life cycle from egg to egg may take four to five weeks under favourable conditions. Bedbugs are nocturnal but will seek hosts and feed in full daylight when hungry. Females attach their small cylindrical pearly-white eggs to any nearby surfaces, usually in crevices / harbourages, where they hide in loose groups or clusters. Each female may lay 200-500 eggs during her lifetime, which can be 6-12 months and longer.Common bedbugs can be found all over temperate areas of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, nearly anywhere that humans have established houses and cities. They thrive at temperatures and humidity that is considered comfortable by most people, who usually afford them ample blood meals and plenty of good harbourage nearby.

Common bedbugs can be found all over temperate areas of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, nearly anywhere that humans have established houses and cities. They thrive at temperatures and humidity that is considered comfortable by most people, who usually afford them ample blood meals and plenty of good harbourage nearby.

How they live?

Bedbug eggs are cemented to the surface of the harbourage, often in large numbers. Temperature and the availability of food have a profound effect on egg production and under ideal conditions can be almost continuous, at a rate of about three per day.

The eggs hatch to produce a nymph just over 1 mm long and like all nymphal stages appear similar to the adults apart from size and colour. The nymph requires one full blood meal before moulting to the next stage.

Development from egg to adult and the duration of adult life varies according to temperature and the availability of food. At 18 - 20°C nymphs feed about every ten days and the adults weekly.If necessary both can survive long periods without food. In unheated rooms where the temperature drops below 13°C in the winter, egg laying and feeding stops and the population declines as eggs and young nymphs die.

Control

For our treatment services we offer a free survey of the premises or rooms that are affected, we prepare the survey report on-site and discuss the survey with the client. When the client has agreed with the necessary action to exterminate the bed bugs we will commence the treatment. Bedbugs are very small and can be present in many different locations this including clothes and beddings. We recommend that some preparation is made to the property prior to the treatment being done, to make certain that the treatment is successful. The preparation should include vacuuming and laundry. When you book the appointment we will give information that provides full detail on this.

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