Russell's Termite & Pest Control LLC
Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Identifying Bed Bugs:
- Adults are oval in shape, wingless, and rusty red or mahogany in color
- About 1/5 inch long
- Bodies are flattened
- Appearance of the nymph is similar to that of the adult except smaller in size and a lighter yellowish-to-white color
Russell's Pest Control will not charge you for an identification of an insect. This may be the best way to make sure you correctly identify the pest. Just save the specimen (without smashing it) and give us a call to come out and take a look at what you have found.
Biology of Bed Bugs:
- Female bed bugs lay 200-500 eggs in her lifetime, approximately 5-8 eggs/day
- Eggs of bed bugs are laid singly or in clusters and are cemented to wood, fabrics, or other surfaces in places where the bed bugs normally hide.
- Eggs hatch in 6-17 days
- Nymph bed bugs go through 5 molts during a 35-48-day stage. They cast their shed skins each molt. Each nymph requires at least one blood meal to develop to the next developmental instar.
- There can be up to 3 or 4 generations of bed bugs per year.
Habits of Bed Bugs:
Once in the home, bed bugs become established in:
- Any convenient crack or crevice
- Along the seams or in the buttons of mattresses
- The coils and frames of box springs
- Bed framing, including headboards and footboards
- Upholstered furniture
- The backing of pictures
- Cracks in flooring and ceilings
- Window frames and door trimming
- Behind light switch plates and wall sockets
- Dressers and night stands
- Curtains and mini blinds
Preventing Bed Bugs is Key:
- Bed bugs are typically brought into your home. Bed bugs cannot fly or jump but they are excellent hitchhikers.
- They can be introduced into your home via furniture, mattresses, bedding, suitcases, boxes, shoes, and people.
- Bed bugs can be found in new and used clothes as well as on belongings of someone who has a bed bug infested situation.
- The best preventive measures involve inspecting and thoroughly cleaning any items brought into the home.
Preventing Bed Bugs When Buying Used Clothes:
- Used items should be laundered immediately before being brought into the home to prevent bed bugs. Special care should be given to any used clothing.
Preventing Bed Bugs When Buying Mattresses and Furniture:
- Inspect secondhand or used furniture thoroughly for bed bug signs before bringing them into your home.
- Use proven bed bug mattress and box spring encasements (zippered)
- You are strongly advised "not to bring home discarded items that have been left on the curb or trash".