There is definitely a stigma associated with bedbugs, and with good reason. Bedbugs are very resilient little pests that feed on us while we sleep; commonly setting up camp in areas like mattresses and couches- but can be found nearly anywhere if it is a high infestation. This includes: clothes, luggage, carpets and more. Although bedbugs cannot jump or fly they can easily transfer from room to room, traveling on infested objects. Because of how easily they spread, it can be tricky to get rid of them and, with that said; bedbugs have become a large problem in large cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that are usually about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, they darken. The eggs are white, and more difficult to see on surfaces, and are typically laid in cracks and crevices- and other hidden areas. They hatch after about 6 -17 days. Adults can live up to 15 months without feeding, and nymphs can live several months without food.
It is pretty obvious how these bugs got their name, as they typically hangout in areas where they can easily feed, but can also quickly hide: the most convenient place being our beds. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale while we sleep and body heat and will feed on both pets and humans, typically at night.
If you are concerned you may have bedbugs, there are several signs to watch for. If you notice bites on your body (which can include both itchiness and swelling), this could be an indication of bedbugs; however, everyone is different. Some people do not have any reaction to bites. Other signs include, bloodstains on your mattress or sheets, you may also see feces (little black dots) or casings left behind or ultimately, you may even spot them crawling around depending on the level of infestation.
If you have any questions or concerns about bedbugs, please give us a call. We would be happy to help!