An adult bed bug measures around ¼ inch long. The fully grown bed bug is reddish-brown and oval-shaped with a flat body, long and thin legs, antennae, and no wings. Bed bugs experience five larval stages requiring meals of blood before moving on to the next life cycle. In order for eggs to develop, female bed bugs require blood as well. If the temperature is right, all five larval stages can take place within thirty days. They’re usually active most during the night and can be found in and around mattress seams, box springs, carpet, behind moldings, and anywhere else they can fit (with their flat bodies, it’s easy for bed bugs to hide in the tiniest crevices).
A bed bug infestation in your home is scary and can happen quickly, so call Miller Pest & Termite at the first sign of a problem so we can take care of the problem quickly.
Bed bugs are at the top of most lists when it comes to the scariest parasites. Because they require blood to survive and reproduce, bed bugs feed exclusively on blood—typically human blood, but if your pet is around, they won’t discriminate. Bites are often not felt right away, but the thought that your bed is infested is enough to cause loss of sleep. There have been cases of severe blood loss leading to anemia. Bed bug bites have also been known to cause swelling, rashes, and allergic reactions.