How to recognize bedbugs?
How to recognize bedbugs? Bedbugs are visible to the naked eye and are usually brown. They do not jump and do not fly, their average lifespan is 5 to 6 months. Bedbugs feed on human blood and can survive for several months without feeding. They can bite up to 90 times in a single night, causing itching to be unbearable at times. It is therefore important to intervene quickly in the event of detection, in order to avoid as much as possible the extent of the infestation.
At home :
Concentrations of their droppings - small black dots - at the level of the mattress, slats or slits of the bed base, wood of the bed, plinths, corners of the walls ... Bedbugs live mainly in the bedroom. They flee from light and take shelter in dark places, sometimes narrow and inaccessible.
On the skin:
The bites look like mosquito bites and occur at night, when the bedbugs are active. These bites can be grouped by 3 or 4 on the skin, sometimes in line, and are generally located on the exposed parts of the body (face, hands, arms, back, legs). They do not transmit disease but can cause severe itching or even allergic reactions (hives).
What causes bedbugs to arrive in a residence?
You should know that these insects feed mainly on human blood. For this purpose, where there is human presence, there may be bedbugs. So don't be surprised if you find them at home, even if your house is very clean.
Although tiny, bedbugs have a strong ability to spot humans. They go directly to a living room thanks to the body heat given off and the effluence of carbon monoxide released by human respiration. Once inside, they immediately find refuge in pillows, mattresses, box springs, and sheets.
Also note that bedbugs are hyper-resistant insects. In winter, for example, they can stay without feeding for more than a year. If you do not detect their presence, it does not mean that they are not there. Thanks to this important level of resistance, they lodge comfortably for months in your mattresses or pillows until they want to resurface.
Bedbugs: tireless travelers
We will never tire of telling you again: bedbugs are not in your house because of a lack of cleanliness. They are there because humans live there. They may also be at your house, because someone took them away. If you have had guests recently, remember that these people are also carriers of bedbugs. It is even possible that these insects ended up in your room because of yourself, especially when you have just returned from a vacation or a business trip.
Since they can go without food for weeks, they can cross oceans and continents without anyone noticing. To do this, they simply camouflage themselves in suitcases, saddlebags, and trunks.
One of the causes that houses many bed bug nests!
If you are used to traveling and therefore sleeping at the hotel, always have the reflex to check the sheets and bedding. Even in the most prestigious palaces, bedbugs can take up residence without everyone's knowledge. Did you recently go to the hotel? This is probably where the bedbugs you just found at home come from.
The transmission could have been done while you were sleeping or when you were packing your bags on the hotel bed. Bedbugs can very well be attached to your belongings, just as they can slip into your suitcases in the most discreet way possible.
Used furniture and bedbugs are one!
Anything produced second-hand can be a bedbug transmitter. If you plan to get them (clothes, appliances, used mattresses) consider disinfecting them. These objects probably contain the insects that you fear so much. This also applies to the following objects:
- Bed frames
- Carpets (carpet, bedding, etc.)
- Upholstered furniture (sofa, armchair, etc.)
- Storage devices (drawer, wardrobe, etc.)