Bed Bugs

What is a bed bug?

Bed bugs likely get their name from their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. They are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation.

If you do identify bed bugs in your home, contact the professionals at GreenLeaf promptly. We will be able to inspect your home, confirm the species and recommend a course of bed bug treatment.

Identification

Pest Stats

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Colour

Unfed adults are mahogany; engorged bed bugs are red-brown. Nymphs are nearly colorless
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Size

Adults are 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm
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Legs

6
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Antennae

Yes
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Shape

Flat, broad oval when unfed; swollen and elongated when fed
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Region

Found throughout Canada
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Habits

Bed bugs like to travel and are good hitchhikers. They will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They are elusive, nocturnal creatures. They can hide behind baseboards and in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds, bedding and adjacent furniture, especially mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs can also hide in electrical switch plates, picture frames, wallpaper and nearly anywhere inside a home, car, bus, or other shelter. Bed bugs usually come out at night for a blood meal. However, they are opportunistic insects and can take a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time in the bed bug life cycle, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate, and lay eggs.

Habitat

So, where do bed bugs live? Bed Bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment. They can be found behind baseboards, wallpaper, upholstery, and in furniture crevices. Bed bugs are also known to survive in temporary or alternative habitats, such as backpacks and under the seats in cars, busses and trains.

Threats

Although bed bugs can dine on any warm-blooded animal, they primarily dine on humans. Bed bugs do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.

Bed Bug Prevention

Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.

Check your bedsheets for tell-tale blood spots.

Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.

Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.

Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of a bed bug infestation. You might consider having a pest control professional inspect the furniture as it is difficult to detect an infestation if you are untrained.

Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.

Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control to address an infestation.

Let us help you out.

Greenleaf Pest Control’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an approach to eliminating your ant problem that respects the whole ecosystem – human and insect. IPM is a combination of eco-friendly methods to remove ants from your home, business, or property once and for all. Our methods ensure the removal of these pests without over-reliance on toxic chemicals that may be hazardous to people and their environment.

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