If you are dealing with bedbugs or any other insect, then it’s time to call your Tulsa pest control company. One of the most important things that we need to survive as humans is a good nights rest. Scientists are offering more and more evidence to support the idea that a full nights sleep is one of the most important needs that we have as human beings. Bedbugs are a parasite that will rob you of that sleep. These blood feeders attack at night when you’re trying to get a full nights rest. In this article, let’s take a good hard look at bedbugs, their lifecycle, and how your Tulsa pest control company can stop them in their tracks.


We’ve been dealing with bedbugs throughout all of history. There are cave paintings that scientist have found from caveman, depicting bedbugs attacking them in their sleep. The Romans wrote about them. During the middle ages, love potion recipes and other mystical writings called for bedbugs to be used in their mixing. Bedbugs plagued humanity up until the 40s when a new pesticide came on the scene. DDT change the game when it came to dealing with pests and pest control. People took that chemical and doused their beds and sheets in it, and almost eradicated the bedbug. But then scientist figured out that DDT was causing cancer. The use of this wonder chemical was stopped and bedbugs have been making a comeback ever since

Modern entomologist believe that the bedbug is a descendent of another insect known as the bat bug. Bat bugs look almost identical to bedbugs. It takes an entomologist to inspect both insects to be able to tell the difference between the two. Bat bugs function much like bedbugs, in the fact that they feed on the blood of bats. These same entomologists believe that when humans were still living in caves, the bats that were living above them had bat bugs. Some of those bat bugs crawl down the side of the walls and started feeding on a humans sleeping below. This was the birth of the modern bedbug Your Tulsa pest control company has been fighting them ever since.  


Bedbugs are blood feeders. They must feed on our blood in order to survive. They can feed on other animals blood, but the nutrients required to move through their lifecycle are not available to them through other animals. This means that if they feed on another animal they’re only trying to survive long enough to find a human to feed upon. Without blood, these bugs can survive up to about a year before they starve to death. They must lie completely still and wait for a human to come close enough to them to hitch a ride.

These insects develop using an incomplete lifecycle. This means that they lay eggs. When these eggs hatch, a nymph emerges. A nymph is a smaller version of the adult bedbug. These nymphs will be a semi clear, opaque color that will turn brown once they feed their first time. The blood will stain their insides, giving them that reddish brown look. They’re about the size and shape of an apple seed. Once a bedbug has outgrown its exoskeleton, it will molt or shed its old exoskeleton. Every time it goes through the molting process, the bedbug will need to feed in order to have the energy it will need to complete the molting process. Before complete adulthood, the bedbug will molt five times in its lifetime. Contact your Tulsa pest control company if you are having issues with bedbugs.  


Once it reaches adulthood, it will be ready to mate. The males and females will pair up in order to mate. The males will use a process known as traumatic insemination in order to mate with the females. Females do not have a reproductive opening in their exoskeleton, so the male must break through the exoskeleton in order to Inject its reproductive material. In situations where there is severely high populations, the females will flee in an attempt to get away from the males trying to reproduce. They will crawl up the wall and be seen often at the edge of the ceiling where it meets the wall. Once the female has mated, she will seek a blood meal and then have enough energy to lay a new batch of eggs, starting to process all over again.


If you believe you’re having a problem with bedbugs, there are some signs that you can see that will tell you what the problem is. The most obvious sign that you can find with these insects are black and red spots all over your mattresses. These black and red spots are caused by the insect feeding upon the people in the bed. This will cause a small red dot on the mattress or bedsheet somewhere. 

As the insect eats it will also defecate. This causes a small black spot. Often, near the seams, you’ll see a large number of these red and black spots because that’s where these insects like to hide the most. You also can find the small whitish yellow eggs that have been laid by the females. And of course, you can also find the bugs them selves, usually hiding in the seams. They like the feeling of pressure below them in above them because it makes them feel like they’re hidden.

If you find yourself with bedbugs or any other pests, it’s time to call and a Tulsa pest control company that can take care of the problem. Here at TermMax Pest Control, we’re the best in the business when it comes to bedbugs, or any other pests. We service the greater Tulsa area, including Tulsa, Claremore, Catoosa, Broken Arrow, Owasso, Turley, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Bixby, Jenks, and much more. Call today for a free estimate. We’re here to help!

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