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Bedbug
The bed bug used to be a pest of the past, but has made a comeback over the last few years. Hotels and apartment complexes are vulnerable to these insects due to the sheer number of people coming in and out of them.

Bed bugs have been a known human parasite for thousands of years and have been in the United States since the 17th century. By the 1940’s, bed bugs were almost eliminated, but due to the banning of effective but harmful chemicals and increased international travel, bed bugs have made a huge come back.

BED BUG BIOLOGY BASICS

  • Adults are flat, reddish brown in color, and about ¼ inch in size, (about the size of an apple seed).
  • Female bed bugs lay 5 – 10 eggs per day.
  • Up to 500 in a lifetime. A single female can be responsible for over 30,000 offspring per year!
  • Eggs hatch within 10– 14 days and can become an adult in 35 -48 days.
  • They feed on the blood of humans and some small animals.
  • They're nocturnal and will normally feed for 3 – 10 minutes while you sleep.
  • Will feed on exposed skin and will often bite in a pattern of 3 bites that can leave itchy red welts.
  • Average life span is 10 – 12 months but can live between 12 – 18 months without feeding.
  • Bed bugs can carry but do not transmit diseases.
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