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Bed Bugs are small parasitic insects who feed on human blood, they are resilient pests who can be found in bed linen, furniture, wallpaper, upholstery and luggage-the latter often resulting in hotels being particularly susceptible to bed bug infestation.
Adult bed bugs are around 4-5 mm long and are reddish-brown in colour, with oval and flat bodies while the nymphs are translucent. A heavily infested home can have an obnoxious, sweet, musty scent released by bed bugs through their scent glands.
One female bed bug may lay up to 500 eggs during its lifetime and uses a sticky substance to glue her eggs to rough surfaces. The immature bed bug is called a nymph and goes through five moults before reaching the adult stage. A nymph before moulting needs to feed on blood. The nymph looks very similar to the adult but smaller in size.
Bed Bugs are nocturnal, wingless and good travellers. They feed by piercing human skin with two elongated beaks, one of the beaks injects saliva that reduces pain and an anticoagulant to avoid clotting, while the other sucks the blood.
There can be a number of health effects arising due to bed bugs-like skin rashes, allergic symptoms and welts on exposed areas of the skin. Bed bugs can act as the carrier of over twenty-five different diseases; however, no direct transmission of these diseases to humans occurs.
Eradication and control of bedbugs is a combination of pesticide and non-pesticide approaches.
Please ask us about our Perth Total Extermination Plan which offers ‘on-demand’ protective services for specified pests in all areas inside and outside of your home. For termite inspections in Perth telephone: (08) 9313 2871 or email: info@pestcontrolperth.