Bed bugs are members of the cimicid family that feed soley on human blood. Cimex lectularius is the most common bed bug. They prefer to feed on human blood. Other Cimex species specialize in feeding of other animals.
Adult bed bugs appearance is a light to reddish-brown, flat and oval-shaped, with no hind wings. Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs. Adults grow to 0.16–0.20 in. in length and 0.059–0.118 in width.
Newly hatched bed bugs, or nymphs, are almost translucent or lighter in color, and become browner as they get older. A bed bug nymph of any age that has just consumed a blood meal has a red, translucent abdomen, fading to brown over the next several hours, and then to black within two days as the insect digests its meal.
Numerous problematic health effects may result from bed bug bites. Some include but are not limited to skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms and reactions. Bed bugs are what is know as disease vectors meaning they can carry any pathogen.
After realizing your home may be infected with bed bugs, the first thing to do is to consult a doctor and notify them of any bed bug bites. It is recommended to wash the bites with soap and water. This will help prevent a skin infection and help reduce itchiness. If the bites itch, apply a corticosteroid cream to the bites.
After any health issues have been taken care of, the next step is to rid your home of the bed bugs. This is not a job that can be taken lightly. A professional is a must. At Universal Pest & Termite, we are trained and dedicated to keeping you and your family safe and pest free. Give us a call today for a free inspection! 757-502-0200