If you’re having an issue with bed bugs, or any other pests, then it’s time to call your Broken Arrow pest control company. Bed bug are a parasitic insect that feeds off the blood of humans. These insects have been tormenting us for years. While they feed on the blood of us, they don’t like other animals blood. Because of this, they can be a huge nuisance and rob your sleep on a regular basis. Keeping your family safe from bed bugs is a very important endeavor. In this article, let’s take a good hard look at bed bugs, their lifecycle, and what you can do with your Broken Arrow pest control company in order to prevent from getting bed bugs and eliminating them from your house.


Bed bugs survive using an incomplete metamorphosis. This means that when they begin, they are hatched from an egg. This egg is a small, yellow, whitish, egg about the size of a very small grain of rice. When it hatches, a tiny nymph will emerge. This nymph looks much like the adult bed bug, only much smaller. Once it hatches, it will search for a blood meal. It will have to find a human and bite them. Once it does this, it will start to grow. T

he nymph will continue to feed and grow until it out grows its exoskeleton for the first time. Once this happens, the insect will have to molt. Before it can do this, it must take another blood meal. Molting requires a lot of energy by the nymph so a blood meal must be taken so that it has enough energy to get through the process. The process of molting is simply the losing of the outer exoskeleton. Much like a snake sheds its skin, the bed bug will slip out of the skin that it’s in. Your Broken Arrow pest control company will have more information.  


The bedbug nymph will molt a total of five times throughout its life cycle. Each time it molts, it will need to take another blood meal in order to go through the process. Once it finishes the fifth molt, it will be a reproductive adult. And this point males and females will get together and try to mate. Once this happens, the female lay eggs. The process of laying eggs is also a very expensive endeavor when it comes to the energy required to do it. Because of this, pregnant female bed bugs will have to take a blood meal before they can lay eggs.

Male and female bedbug mate in a process known as traumatic insemination. This process happens because the female does not have an opening in her exoskeleton to be used for sexual contact. In order for the bedbugs to mate, the male must break through the outside of the exoskeleton and insert his reproductive material inside of the female. In heavy populations, the females can be overrun by males, searching to mate. In this situation, it’s often that female bed bugs will leave the safety of the mattresses and the seams where they hide, and start to crawl up the side of the wall. If you’re seeing bed bugs, coming up the side of your wall, then you have a pretty heavy bed bug population in your house.  Call a Broken Arrow pest control company for help.  


If you think you may have bed bugs, but are unsure, then it’s time to do an inspection. The number one place you want to start is by taking the sheets off the bed and start inspecting the mattress. The seams of the mattress are the number one place where these insects like to hide. They are about the size of an apple seed and orangish brown in color. If you’re seeing these insects or their eggs anywhere in the mattress or seams, then you have a problem. The other thing that happens is these insects will leave small red and black dots all over your mattress and sheets wherever they are staying. When they bite, they pierce the skin and often will leave a small red dot where a little bit of blood has leaked out. 

In addition to this, they also will defecate around the harborage point and wherever they eat. This leaves black spots all over the place. Often you’ll see seems covered in black blotches. This is a telltale sign that you have a bed bug issue. A closer look will probably show bed bugs hiding in that mattress. Your Broken Arrow pest control company can get rid of them.  


In addition, you could also be experiencing bites in the middle of the night. It’s very difficult to determine if a bed bug has bitten you just by the condition of your skin. Many people react differently to bed bug bites. Some people have small mosquito bite like bumps that are itchy. Some will get red. Some people don’t have any reaction whatsoever. Some people have very severe allergic reactions. Everyone is a little different and therefore it’s important to identify bed bugs in your house by either finding the bed bugs in your mattresses or the black and red dots found on your sheets and mattress.

There are many over-the-counter solutions for bed bugs that are extremely ineffective. Most of these solutions are using a product that is outdated and that most bed bugs have already developed an immunity to. If you call your expert Broken Arrow pest control company, you’ll find that they can use a product such as Apprehend. Apprehend is a fully natural product that is undetectable by the bed bug. It’s actually a fungal spore that is a natural predator to the bed bug. These fungal spores will not only get on the bed bug and inside the underneath of its exoskeleton, but when that insect goes back to its harborage point, it was spread these around like a little bed bug plague. Apprehend is extremely effective against bed bugs, and can be only treated by a licensed pest control technician.


If you’re having issues with bedbugs, or any other pests, then its time to give your Broken Arrow pest control company a call. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we’re the best in the business when it comes to dealing with bed bugs, or any other pests. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Turley, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Claremore, Tulsa, Coweta, Sandy Springs, Prattville and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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