Bedbugs have many characteristics that set them apart from other types of insects. Besides being larger than most other bugs, they also produce eggs that are able to survive inside of traps. They live in dark corners of a room and feed on human blood. Infestations can last for days or even weeks. Bedbugs’ bites range from one-quarter to one-half of an inch long. They bite humans and animals by coming into direct contact with their bodies.
The first step in preventing bedbugs is to take steps to eliminate their hiding places. This includes removing clutter from around the bed and items stored under it. Items like stuffed toys, additional bedding, and smaller electronics should be removed from underneath the bed and disposed of properly. You can also hire a professional exterminator to get rid of the bugs.
Adult bed bugs are about a quarter of an inch long, with a body width of one millimeter. They are reddish or rust-colored. They change color based on their diet, which is human blood. When they feed, they become much larger than their original size. Their droppings are the most common signs that they have been present in your home.
The life cycle of a bedbug is usually six to seven weeks, although it can extend up to a year with the right conditions. Bedbugs need a constant source of blood to survive and reproduce. During the first two weeks, the nymph stage is the most visible. The nymphs are transparent but eventually become darker. Once the adult stage of development is complete, the adult bedbug will lay multiple eggs.