Bed bugs are insect pests that feed on human blood, as well as other domestic animals and pets. Many people never know they have them at home until they become a proven infestation of the population.If you are looking for more info, see this.
One infestation of the bed bug is described by:
- A pungent scent
An unpleasant odour described as a fragrance of sickly-sweet mouldy shoes is associated with an existing infestation and is therefore not the best indication of a recent infestation.
- Real reality
The best indicator of an infestation of a bed bug is visible insect evidence. The mischievous bug is very distinctive and can be seen with the naked eye. It is around the size of an apple seed, a tiny wingless insect. The bug is reddish-brown in colour, and its shape is flat oval.
The adult if unfed is 1/4 to 3/8 inches long. Your body’s upper surface has a crinkly, flimsy, accordion-like look. It swells and lengthens after feeding its body and the colour changes to bright red.
As the insect digests its meal, its body flattens for a few days and it becomes darker in colour. Except for its size and colour, a nymph is just like adults. The freshly hatched nymph is transparent in colour, shifting after it feeds to a darker colour.
The eggs are white in colour with a length of around 1/3 The eggs have a sticky coating which lets them stick to the surface where they are laid. The eggs are small and about the size of a few salt grains, and are not visible with the naked eyes.
Toss skins off
bed bug goes through five immature (instars) stages. This means that the insect must cast off its exoskeleton 5 times before it transforms into a fertile adult. Nymphs must eat a meal of blood to moult and develop to the next stage of life. The nymph shed its outer skin (Exoskeleton) during moulting.