Bedbugs are pests found all over the world. These tiny, wingless insects can live for up to 70 days without feeding, but they require a constant blood supply to stay alive. They can produce several generations every year, and are often difficult to get rid of once they have infested a home. Fortunately, there are ways to eliminate bedbugs from your home.
Bedbugs feed on warm-blooded animals, including humans. Bedbugs will often aggregate together to protect themselves from predators. This is done with the help of pheromones and mechanical cues. These chemical signals are produced by the insect’s scent glands, which function as alarms. When the bugs are threatened, the aggregation breaks apart and the pests move on.
Because bedbugs can easily spread from place to place, they can infest even a clean home. In addition to spreading by humans and pets, they can be transported in clothes, luggage, and even laptop cases. Infestation time varies, depending on the size and complexity of the environment, the number of infested items, and the thoroughness of treatment methods.
When you purchase second-hand furniture, it’s vital to inspect it thoroughly to make sure it is free of bedbugs. If you’re unsure, call a pest control professional to assess whether you’ve got an infestation of bedbugs.