Bedbugs have been a household pest issue for more than 3,300 years, dating back to ancient Egypt. They were first brought to the United States by early colonists, where they thrived for many decades. However, by the 1950's, begbugs had been all but eradicated in the developed world, thanks to the availability of new pest control products, coupled with the widespread use of vacuums and washing machines which helped to control the spread of infestations in living spaces.
Several factors led to the resurgence of begbugs beginning in the late 1990's; increased international travel, more targeted pest control products and methods and a lack of public awareness about pest prevention methods.
Unfed adults begbugs are mahogany to rusty brown color. Engorged begbugs are red-brown color after a blood meal. Nymphs (baby begbugs) are nearly colorless when they first hatch and become brownish as they mature.
Unfed begbugs are flat and broad-oval. Fed begbugs become swollen and more elongated. Adult begbugs can reach a size of about 1/4 inch long. Nymphs range from 1.3 mm to 4-5 mm.
Bedbugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted by their hosts. For this reason, they tend to feed at night on bare skin that is exposed while sleeping. However, they are opportunistic insects and will consume a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Although begbugs prefer to feed on humans, they will feed on other warm-blooded hosts as well. begbugs usually require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. They feed by inserting two hollow, beak-like feeding tubes into their host. The first tube injects the bug's saliva, which contains anesthetics to numb the feeding area. The second tube draws blood. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate and lay eggs
Bedbug biology naturally promotes infestation. Female begbugs lay one to five eggs per day, or an average of 540 eggs in a lifetime. They typically lay their eggs in cracks or rough surfaces. begbug nymphs grow to full adulthood in about 21 days and go through five stages of development before they reach maturity. A begbug will molt once during each stage of development, though a blood meal is required for a molt. An adult begbug can live for several months without a blood meal.
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