If you’re having issues with bedbugs, or any other pests, it’s time to call in a Broken Arrow exterminator that can do the job right. Many people suffer from the parasitic effects of the bedbug. These insects prey upon us at our most vulnerable times, when we sleep. It’s so important for us as humans to get a full nights rest. But unfortunately, when these insects attack, it keeps us from getting much needed sleep that is necessary. This psychological weight can be mind numbing and extremely difficult to deal with. In this article, let’s take a look at bedbugs, their life cycle, and what you and your Broken Arrow exterminator can do to protect yourself from these bloodsucking parasites.


Bedbugs feed upon the blood of humans. While they can survive on other mammals blood, their favorite blood is human blood. They can only move through their developmental phases by feeding on our blood. Even though they require this, if they find themselves in a position where they can’t get a hold of human blood, they will lie dormant. They can live up to a year without a blood meal if necessary. Because of this, these insects can be very difficult to eliminate. 

In addition to this, they like to hide near their food source. Specifically we find bedbugs almost always in the sheets and bedding of homes that are infested. They love to the rest between the mattress seams in order to hide. Most people wear the least amount of clothes during the time when they’re asleep. Because of this, it makes them more susceptible to pesticidal poisoning if we’re treating their beds than any other time. So we have special treatments that are safe to use against bedbugs and go against people’s skin as they sleep.


Finding bedbugs in your sheets and mattress seams is one way to identify a problem with bedbugs. It’s also important to know what you’re looking for when you’re searching for these insects. Bedbugs are a brownish orange in color and are about the size and shape of an apple seed when they’re full grown. They lay eggs in the same places that they hide in. So often you can see small white eggs about the size and shape of a very small grain of rice in the same places that you’ll find bedbugs. 

With a bedbug bites, it will draw blood from its victim. After that it will often move a little bit forward and bite again. In many cases, it will do this in a three bite pattern. So often people find bites in threes in a line wherever they’ve been bitten. This is not a hard fast rule, but it can shed some light on why someone is getting bitten.


Everyone reacts a little differently to bedbug bites. Most people have a small bump much like a mosquito bite that itches after the bedbug has finished their work. Some people have no reaction whatsoever. Others have large rashes that develop after a bedbug bite. Because of this sometimes people think that one person is getting bit but the other person is not. This may be the case but it also may not be. It may be just the person that isn’t showing signs has no reaction to the bedbugs bite. Reactions to bedbug bites can also change over time. Some people who don’t have a reaction can develop a reaction after being bitten for a while. On the other hand, some people with large rash like reactions can develop an immunity to it. It all depends on the person.

The last thing that you can also look for are the black and red spots on sheets and mattresses. When bedbugs bite, a little bit of blood will drain and usually cause a small red dot. This is common when people are getting bit by bedbugs. Once they feed they also will defecate. So often small black dots will be seen near the red dots. These dots can also be seen all often in the hiding places of these bugs.  


While bedbugs do use their mouth parts to pierce and drain blood from our bodies, they actually are not known to spread any diseases. This is because they pull blood from the bloodstream all the way as the mouth parts enter into the skin to the point that it exits. In this way there’s no backwash. So diseases cannot go back into the bloodstream. At this time scientists  have not found any known diseases that have been spread by bedbug bites.

There are many over-the-counter solutions to bedbugs. Most of these solutions will not only not work but also make the problem worse. The longer that you live with bedbugs, the more their populations will grow. Most over-the-counter sprays are pyrethrins. These family of pesticides derived from a natural pesticide found in the chrysanthemum plant. Pyrethrins were used extensively in the 90s against these insects. Overtime they’ve developed an immunity to these pesticides. Because of this most of the sprays to find over the counter are worthless.


Diatomaceous earth is another common over-the-counter solution for bedbugs. While using this sparingly can help against bedbugs, it’s not potent enough to get rid of bedbugs completely. And most people will overuse the product by creating a mounded up barriers around their bed, their room or other place. Bedbugs can see this a mile away and never even get close to it.

If you’re having issues with bedbugs or any other insects, then its time to get in touch with a Broken Arrow exterminator they can help you get the problem taken care of. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we’re the best in the business when it comes to dealing with bedbugs or any other kind of pests. We service the greater Tulsa area including Broken Arrow, Owasso, Sand Springs, Turley, Sapulpa, Prattville, Bixby, Jenks, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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