What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded mammals. A full-grown bed bug can reach approximately 5 mm long and 3 mm wide and is reddish dark brown in color, while a young bed bug is nearly microscopic and translucent to tan in color. Once bed bugs find a host, they reproduce very quickly. Female bed bugs can lay ten eggs a day and over five hundred in her lifetime. It takes less than a month for a newly hatched egg to reach maturity and lay eggs of its own, meaning that two months of waiting can turn a small infestation into a big problem.
How An Infestation Occurs:
With the bed bug population increasing at an alarming rate, bed bugs can and are found most anywhere. Although the exact source of an infestation is nearly impossible to predict, some of the most common causes for infestations are:
- The purchase of second-hand furniture, especially mattresses, headboards, and couches.
- Travel: Bed bugs have infested a number of hotels and hostels across the nation and can travel on luggage or clothes.
- Visitors to your home
- Adjacent dwellings infested with bed bugs.
What to Do if you have an Infestation?
If you think you have a bed bug problem trust RCD Exterminating to solve it. We have many years experience dealing with bed bugs in the Rochester NY area and we can get you back to a bug free house!