The #1 household pest that people dread to find is the bed bug. Ranging from 1mm to ¼ of an inch, bed bugs can be quite difficult to find. These blood-sucking insects are reddish-brown in color with a flat ovular shaped body. Bed bugs can be found in basically any place where people congregate such as homes, hotels, schools, offices, stores, movie theaters, and buses.
During the day, bed bugs hid in small crevices and areas where people sleep like mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards. When night comes, bed bugs become active and feed on humans. They do not transmit diseases, but their bites leave clusters of tiny red bumps that are very irritating.
Bed bugs typically live about 10 months. In these months, a female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs! A female lays 1-6 eggs at a time. Eggs are very small, white in color, and take around a week to hatch. Newly hatched bed bugs feed within 24 hours of hatching. Like mosquitoes, bed bugs have 2 beak-like feeding tubes that they use to suck blood from their host. One of the tubes injects saliva that numbs the area and the other tube sucks up the blood.