As of late supply lines have been kind of sketchy. People have a hard time getting the things they want, need and will buy. One of those things is furniture. Many different suppliers have had trouble with supply chains getting furniture to the states. And when we talk about furniture we have to talk about bedbugs. One of the pests that actually attack us more in our beds are bedbugs. These small insects are blood feeders that feed upon the blood of humans. In this article let’s talk about bedbugs, the lifecycle and what we can do to keep them out of our homes.

CONTRACTING BEDBUGS

People get bedbugs and a number of different ways. While these insects are quite fast crawlers for their size, they usually don’t get to us by crawling alone. They don’t have wings that allow them to fly, nor any other method of travel. Bedbugs usually will find a way to hitch a ride off of another individual. So if a person has a problem with bedbugs, some of those bedbugs will often attach themselves to their pant leg, a book bag or some other item of clothing as that person leaves the house. So if you find yourself in a waiting room or in an office space with someone who has a problem with bedbugs, there is a chance did they could’ve brought their problem to you.

Because of this, a common misconception is that sanitation has something to do with people who contract bedbugs. Being clean or dirty, in this case, has nothing to do with why people get bedbugs. I have seen bedbugs in some of the most rundown trailers, apartments and small homes.  I’ve also seen them in well-to-do mansions. Bedbugs do not discriminate. In many cases people will try to trace back where they possibly could’ve gotten bedbugs from originally. While you can come to some general conclusions, you can never be 100% sure how bedbugs came into your home. As social beings, humans have so much contact with each other that bedbugs could take advantage of anyone that possibly you could come in contact with.

BEDBUGS LIFCYCLE

These insects develop using an incomplete metamorphosis. This means that the bug startS as an egg. Once that egg hatches, a nymph emerges from the egg. A nymph is a smaller version of the adult. As the nymph grows, it will outgrow the exoskeleton that it’s in. In order to continue growing, it’s must molt. It will shed its exoskeleton much like a snake sheds its skin. In order to molt, the insect will need quite a bit of energy. Because of this it will feed just prior to molting. That means that they will find a human host and bite them, consuming their blood in order to have the energy to remove the exoskeleton they currently are in. They were more five times before becoming a group a full grown adult bedbug. Contact your Tulsa pest control company for more details.  

Once they become an adult, they will seek to reproduce. Bedbugs use traumatic insemination in order to mate. This means that when the male finds a suitable female, it will break a hole open in the exoskeleton of a female inserting its reproductive material. There’s a dot on the outside of the female that the males use to determine where to break through. Sometimes, in the fray, males will miss the dot entirely. As long as he can enter through the outside exoskeleton, he will have succeeded. Of course, because of this females in high population situation‘s are overrun with males. This can be very dangerous for females. in order to get away from males and these situations, they will crawl up the walls. So if you see bedbugs high up on the wall, you may have a rather large infestation in your home.

SIGNS OF INFESTATION

If you think you have a bedbug infestation you need to know what the signs are. The first thing you need to be able to identify as an actual bedbug. Bed bugs are small, about the size and shape of an apple seed. Once they feed for the first time they are a reddish orange in color. Before their first feeding, they’re actually translucent but the blood will stain their inside. Their eggs are small yellowish white eggs that are shaped much like a small grain of rice. 

When bedbugs feed, they will drip a little bit of blood and they will defecate. Because of this, you often see red and black dots all over your bedsheets in on your mattress or anywhere where these insects are staying. Often when they find a spot to congregate, which is usually by a mattress seam, you will see a large amount of these black dots. If you’re seeing any of this, it’s time to call your Broken Arrow pest control company to come out and take care of the problem for you.

DEALING WITH BEDBUGS

When many people find a bedbug infestation in their home, their first reaction is to go to the hardware store and start getting pesticides and trying to treat this infestation on their own. In many cases, most people do more damage than good. Pesticides that are bought over the counter are usually pyrethrins. Pyrethrins are a family of pesticides that were heavily used in the 90s to deal with bedbugs. While they worked effectively back then, they’ve been so overused against bedbugs that these insects have grown an immunity to them. Because of this most over-the-counter solutions don’t work. The best solution is to call a professional Broken Arrow exterminator.

Are you having issues with bedbugs or any other kinds of passes time to call in a professional Tulsa exterminator. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we are the best in the business when it comes to dealing with bedbugs or any other kinds of pests. We service a greater Tulsa area including Coweta, Catoosa, Claremore, Sand Springs, Broken Arrow, Prattville, Sapulpa, Owasso, Turley, Jenks, Bixby and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!