About Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are small insects about the size of a grain of rice. Bed bugs go thru 5 stages in 45 days, to become mature bugs. They have an estimated life span of 6 to 12 months, during which they need human blood to survive.

How do bed bugs travel?

Bed Bugs can move to homes, hotels, cruise ships, trains, taxis and long term care facilities by latching onto clothing, shoes and luggage. Pearly white clusters of 500 eggs can then be transported to a new home anywhere. Infestations have been reported in day care centers, movie theaters, nursing homes and retail clothing stores. Within apartment buildings Bed Bugs move from unit to unit, and floor to floor thru minute seams in the infrastructure.

How to detect infestation

Bed bugs feast on human blood, usually at night when their victims are asleep. After biting the skin, and becoming engorged with blood, they conceal themselves quickly in mattress seams, cribs, and furniture crevices. One way to detect a problem is finding raised reddish welts on the skin, which can itch intensely for several days