Bed Bugs And Bed Bug Pest Control Sydney
Micropest bed bugs Sydney is a safe yet very effective bed bug control company which provides a 12 month warranty on most bed bug pest control treatments. The following web page is designed to inform you the consumer about bed bugs (bedbugs), bed bug bites, bed bug (bedbug) pictures, identification and reproduction. Micropest is an environmentally responsible company.
Bed Bug Identification
Bed bugs (bedbugs) are wingless insects, roughly oval shaped, 4-5mm in length, they are deep reddish-brown in colour, without wings, and with an elongated proboscis usually seen beneath the body as an extension from the head to the level of, and between, the first pair of legs.
The bed bug has lived intimately with humans longer than any other insect. Although it is a voracious blood-sucker it has not been incriminated as a vector of disease. lt is an important pest because it causes nightly irritation, the bites produce welts and mattresses, bed frames and sheets are soiled. An offensive "buggy" odour characterises heavy bed bug infestations.
The incidence of bedbugs has increased greatly in Australia during the present century and more considerably so after the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney. Nowadays there appear to be two types of infestation, long-standing tolerated ones in substandard dwellings and occasional new infestations which can arise anywhere at all including up market hotels. They are so transient, everyone is vulnerable.
Bed bugs move from place to place in people's baggage - trunks, suitcases and baskets and furniture. Since there are many places in the tropics, and in the northern hemisphere, which still have considerable problems with bedbugs, travellers or migrants may bring bugs to this country and establish new colonies. Returning travellers, especially those who have gone beyond normal tourist facilities, are most likely to be dismayed at the appearance of bed bugs in their home. Over the past few decades most reported infestations have been linked to importations from overseas.
ln places where bed bugs are well-entrenched their survival is materially assisted by the type of dwelling. The essential factor is an abundance of crevices into which the bugs can retreat during the daytime and in which they breed. Skirting boards, architraves, picture rails, pictures, head boards, mattresses and especially bed frames.
Evidence of infestation
The first evidence of bedbugs may be the awareness of bite reactions on the skin in the morning. Bed bug bites generally last for seven to nine days, are very itchy and are the size of a mosquito bite.
Bedbugs void the digested remains of the previous meal which leaves behind black dots which are found around the mattress, bed-frame, skirting boards, architraves, picture rails and sheets.
Bed bug bites can often be differentiated from flea bites and bird lice bites by their arrangement in typical lines due to the multiple probing of each bug and the size of the bite. Flea bites are alot smaller and are generally around the ankles. Lice bites are also a lot smaller.
Fleas defecate while feeding but the flea passes minute droplets of bright red undigested blood which may show as tiny red flecks on sheets. The only other blood stain from a biting insect on nightwear is that from a mosquito and this takes the form of a smear made when an engorged mosquito is squashed by the hand.
Bed bug reproduction
After hatching from the egg, the immature bed bugs require a blood feed before they can develop to the next nymph-al stage. There are five such stages and a full meal is adequate for development to the next successive stage. After the fifth moult the insects are adult. Egg Laying for the next generation commences after a blood meal and fertilisation of the bug, but not before the fifth to tenth day of adult life. Development is prolonged in cold weather, more rapid in the warmer months.
Eggs are laid in batches of about ten but a total of 200 to 500 or more may be laid during the life of the female. Hatching of eggs requires from 7 to 30 days, usually about 10. The duration of each nymph-al stage is approximately a week in warm weather. Hence, the length of the life cycle from egg to adult is from about 45 days to almost a year.
Adult life may vary widely from about 50 to 300 or more days. Adult survival can occur without a blood meal for up to twelve months.
Bed bug Habitat
Bed bugs tend to only feed on humans at night, and seek shelter during the day. Shelter can be under mattresses, floor boards, paintings, carpets, behind skirtings, cracks and crevices in walls, in bed frames, other furniture and behind loose wall paper.
Bed bugs are likely to be brought into the house on luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. You are likely to be bitten on the arms and shoulders.
Common allergic reactions include the development of large welts, which are accompanied by itching and inflammation. The welts usually subside to red spots that can last for several days. If bed bugs are suspected a licensed pest controller should be consulted. A careful inspection must be undertaken and all possible hiding places within infested and adjoining rooms examined.
Bed Bug Inspection
The bedbug is an insect which feeds on blood throughout its life. The preferred blood source is human although laboratory colonies can be established in association with animals such as rabbits. ln natural infestations no blood source other than human is of any consequence.
Both activity and feeding are nocturnal, the day being spent hiding in dark crevices. Hiding places can be in the junctions of the bed frame, under mattress buttons, and in any available crevices of the walls. Hiding places are concentrated in an area close to where feeding takes place; bedbugs do not move unnecessary distances. Seldom will an infestation be dispersed over an entire room; characteristically the vicinity of the bed is most important. Dispersion of bedbugs is slow, the only apparent exception being from one room to another through an imperfectly sealed dividing wall.
Feeding takes place on the limbs and trunk of the victim. Several individual attempts at feeding are made before the bug is replete and this often results in a series of welts close together in a straight or curved line due to the bugs forward movement after each probing. The welts can be confluent. Insertion of the mouth parts without actual feeding also results in a welt reaction. The arrangement of these weals, if as described above, is diagnostic.
Bed Bugs Sydney Price List
Because of the complexity of eliminating bed bugs, every bed bug pest control service is different. Please call for a quote as to accurately give you a price I need to know how many beds, lounges and people you have in the house. How long you have had the bed bug infestation and the extent of the infestation.
A lot of the time clients will ring me up and order a bed bug pest control treatment because they are getting bitten by something. Micropests company policy requires you to send a picture of a bed bug in your house before we can make a date for a bed bug treatment. There are many bitie insects in Sydney and or you might have an allergic reaction to something else not necessarily bed bugs.
Bed bug Pest control Sydney
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