If you’re having an issue with bedbugs, or any other pests, then it’s time to call your Tulsa exterminator for help. Bedbugs are a terrible plague that many people find themselves in. The occurrences of these insects in our homes is going up year over year. Every year our company has to deal with more of these issues. These insects are blood feeders that feed on us at night while we’re asleep. In this article, let’s take a good hard look at bedbugs, their life cycle, and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to prevent them from harming your loved ones.


Bedbugs are a blood feeding insect. This means that they have mouth parts that can be injected into your skin in order to draw blood out. Often they will come out at night while you’re asleep and bite you. After they bite the first time they’ll walk a little farther forward and then bite again. Then they’ll do this one more time resulting in a line of about three bites. They don’t always have to do it like this, but it’s often that I see this happening. 

These insects require blood to go through their life cycle. While they can sustain themselves on other mammals blood, in order to move the lifecycle, they must have human blood. so if they find themselves without a source of blood, they can lie dormant for as long as a year. If they can find the blood of another mammal, it will help them to survive longer in their dormant state.

Bedbugs do not transmit any known diseases. Because of the way that they draw blood from our skin, they never stop the flow of blood from the host to the parasite. This means that there’s never a point in which there is backwash. While other insects, such as fleas and ticks do backwash, bedbugs don’t. That’s why fleas and ticks are often vectors for diseases, but bedbugs are not. While they may not spread any kind of physical disease, the mental stress is enough weight to be difficult. Many people suffer from the psychological trauma of knowing that these insects are crawling around on the bed as they sleep and preying upon them when they are most vulnerable.


Bedbugs use an incomplete metamorphosis to develop. This means that the female will first of all lay her eggs. In most cases these eggs are found in the mattress seams where bedbugs like to hide. They feel most comfortable in situations where there is something underneath them and then pressure from above. Even in situations where they’ve gone into the ceiling, you often find them in the corners were they can wedge themselves between the ceiling and the wall. These eggs will hatch and a nymph will emerge. This nymph will be a smaller version of the adult reproductive bedbug.

The nymph initially is translucent in color. Once it takes its first blood meal, it’s inside will be stained and will have its normal orange brown hue. As the insect feeds, it will begin to grow. After each feeding, the bedbug will engorged self about twice its original size. It will find a place to lie dormant to digest its food. Often it will defecate in these places. One of the signs of having bedbugs is finding small, red and black dots on the sheets and mattresses. The red dots are spots where blood has leaked after feeding, and the black dots are where the insect has defecated.


Once the bedbug has grown to a certain size, its exoskeleton can no longer stretch far enough to continue its process of growth. In order to alleviate the situation, this insect, like many others, will molt. This means that it will shed its exoskeleton in light of a new, larger and more supple exoskeleton underneath. You’ll often find these shedding skins in the mattress seams and boxsprings. The nymphs will molt five times before it becomes a full grown adult. Before each molt, it will need a large amount of energy. Normally to do this it will feed before each molt. This will give it the energy that it needs to go through the process.

Once it becomes an adult, it will pair up with a female and mate. Once a female becomes pregnant, she will again have to take another blood meal in order to have the energy to lay her eggs. Then she’ll find a suitable place to lay her eggs, probably in the seams of the mattress. In very extensive infestations, you’ll often find that females will begin to climb up the walls in order to get away from males. I if this is happening, then you know it’s time to call your Tulsa exterminator to get help.


There are many over-the-counter solutions available for dealing with bedbugs. Unfortunately, these solutions simply don’t work. These bugs are very good at developing an immunity to chemical pesticides. Pyrethrins were used extensively against these insects in the 90s and they have for the most part developed an immunity to them. The over-the-counter solutions are made from these pyrethrum pesticides. Because of this. they simply don’t work. Here at TermMax pest control, we use Aprehend. Aprehend is not just a chemical pesticide, but an actual natural predator to the bedbug. This is a spore that attaches itself to the exoskeleton of the bedbug. As the bedbugs go back to its harborage point, the spores are passed around between the insects. Once it gets under the exoskeleton, it begins to grow and feeds upon the bedbug killing it.

If you’re having an issue with bedbugs, or any other pest control problems, then it’s time to call a Tulsa exterminator that you can trust. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best in the business when it comes to bedbugs, or any other insects. We service the greater Tulsa area including Owasso, Turley, Bixby, Jenks, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Prattville, Sapulpa, and so much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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