An adult Bed bug is about 1/8 inch wide. its reddish to mahogany colored body is greatly flattened and oval shaped. After feeding their body will extend, becoming longer and less flattened.
Female bedbugs can lay 1-5 eggs per day with the 1/32″ long white eggs. Eggs can be deposited individually in cracks or on rough surfaces and secured with transparent cement. Development from egg to adult takes 21 days
Bed bugs harbour in cracks and crevices during the day and come out to feed at night. Bed bugs only feed on blood. Under cool conditions, bed bugs have been able to survive up to a year without a meal. They prefer to be more active at night when the host is asleep.
- Look for bed bugs on mattresses, box springs, sheets, furniture, upholstery and hollow bedposts, as well as crevices behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.
- Elevate your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed and wall.
- After traveling, examine luggage for bed bugs and other pests, store items in an area far away from the bedroom.
- Place all items in the dryer on the high heat cycle for 15-20min.