If you’ve ever wondered how bedbugs form, the answer is quite simple: they’re formed from eggs. The eggs are tiny, oval-shaped creatures that are laid in cracks, crevices, and bed frames. These insects then emerge as nymphs after five to ten days.
The first step in preventing bedbug infestation is to clean all upholstered furniture in the room. Check for folds, skirts, and seams to ensure there are no hidden areas for bugs. Sofas, recliners, and other upholstered furniture can be major breeding grounds for these pesky bugs.
In order to survive, these bugs feed on the blood of humans. Therefore, they can be found even in the cleanest apartments, homes, and hotels. This is because they’re attracted to warm, inactive human bodies. In addition to feeding on human blood, they can also feed on the carbon dioxide humans release as they sleep.
Several methods are available for treating bedbugs. The most effective method is heat treatment. Heat treatment involves gradually heating the air inside the room. Some pest control companies use portable heaters that slowly warm air up to 120-130degF. Other methods use sensors to monitor the temperature. Using the correct heat treatment can effectively kill the bugs and their eggs.
The bites of bedbugs are red with a dark middle and are arranged in lines. Sometimes, the bites will leave tiny blood spots on the bed sheets and bedding. They may also leave tiny dark spots of their fecal matter. The bites of bedbugs are unlike those of other indoor pests. The female bedbug lays about 200 to 500 eggs in her lifetime. Depending on the number of eggs she lays, this can lead to an infestation.