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Brown in colour, bed bugs change to a rusty-red after a hearty meal of blood. They're small (5mm), wingless insects with highly developed mouth parts.
Able to survive for long periods of time without feeding, bed bugs are translocated in laundry, luggage, clothes and on human hosts.
As they prefer to feed on the blood of humans while they're asleep, infestation is usually centred around the bed (hence their name), but is not limited to it. It takes about five to ten minutes for a bed bug to become completely engorged with blood.
Their bite is itchy and swells into a reddened wheal. But unlike a random pattern of bites, bed bugs tend to leave orderly rows. Another indication of a bed bug infestation is small blood spots on bed sheets.
Bed bugs are attracted to body heat and the carbon dioxide in expired air, which is how they find their host. During feeding, a proboscis (feeding organ) swings forwards and downward to pierce the skin of the victim. Saliva (containing an anticoagulant) is then injected, which is the cause of an allergic reaction in some people. It's been suggested that allergens from bed bugs may be associated with asthmatic reactions.
Heavily infested premises will have a sickly-sweet odour, which is caused by the bed bug's scent glands.
If bed bugs are
suspected, a licensed pest controller should be consulted for a careful
inspection of all possible hiding places within infested and adjoining
rooms. Once all likely sources have been identified, an approved insecticide
should then be applied to all harbourages.
As bed bugs are cryptic in their habits, complete control is often difficult to achieve with the first treatment, especially with heavy infestations. A post control evaluation and possible treatment is therefore always advisable.
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Did you know that . . .
Bed bugs are thriving in Sydney. A Health Department and Sydney Council survey found that the majority of backpacker hostels in the city reported a bed bug infestation in the last 12 months.
According to recent research, bed bugs may be carriers of hepatitis B.
Bed Bugs are documented as a pest since the 17th century. They like to travel and will hide in luggage and shoes to be near a food supply.
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