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Bed Bug Life Cycle:
How Long Can Bed Bugs Live?
Understanding the bed bug life cycle will help you know them better, and with the knowledge, you’ll be in a good position to avoid them. When you need a bed bug exterminator, call Control Exterminating.
Bed bugs have been a major nuisance in homes as well as the hospitality and travel industries as far as pest problems are concerned. These bloodsuckers wait for you to sleep so that they can quietly and painlessly suck your blood before leaving you with some itchy bites.
Understanding the bed bug life cycle will help you know them better, and with the knowledge, you’ll be in a good position to avoid them. The lifecycle of a bed bug includes several developmental stages. See the infographic and information below that gets into the details.
Bed Bug Life Cycle (Infographic)
Bed Bug Life Cycle: #1. Egg Stage
The life of a bed bug starts with an egg which is very tiny and pearl white. The size of the egg is about 1mm long, almost equal to the size of two salt grains, mustard seed or a pinhead. An adult female bed bug lays between one and five eggs daily, and by the time it dies, it might have laid up to 500 of them.
Bed bug eggs are usually found in tiny cracks and crevices in human resting areas, especially bedrooms and in public chairs and seats or even household furniture like couches.
A bed bug egg takes approximately 6 to 17 days to hatch. From the fifth day after being laid, the egg is marked by an eye spot, an indication that it is almost ready to hatch.
“Bed bug eggs are usually found in tiny cracks and crevices in human resting areas, especially bedrooms and in public chairs and seats or even household furniture like couches.”
Bed Bug Life Cycle: #2. Nymph Stage
A bed bug egg hatches to a nymph, a young bed bug which looks almost similar to an adult bed bug but it is smaller in size, and its body has a different color. Besides, unlike an adult, a nymph is yet to mature sexually.
The young bed bugs undergo five molts before developing into adults. Each molting is characterized by the shedding of the bug’s exoskeletons. During the first nymph stage, the bug is approximately 1.5mm long and appears transparent, hence difficult to notice, until it takes its first blood meal.
The young bedbug is 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm and 4.5 mm during the second, third, fourth and fifth nymph developmental stages, respectively. An older nymph has a reddish-brown body just like an adult but is smaller in size.
A young bed bug needs a blood meal to complete each of the above five molting stages. For that reason, it can bite and suck blood from a human being or an animal such as a cat or dog, despite it having a very tiny body. A nymph bug takes approximately five weeks to become an adult when it is at room temperature.
There’s No Bed Bug Larvae
Some think larvae is same as nymph but the fact is that the former is not a real term when it comes to bed bug life cycle. There’s nothing like bed bug larvae; from nymph stage, bed bugs develop to adults.
Bed Bug Life Cycle: #3. Adult Stage
When the conditions and temperatures are favorable, a bed bug can take approximately 37 days to develop from the egg stage to the adult stage. Warmer climates boost the development and reproduction of bed bugs.
The size of an adult bed bug is almost the same as that of an apple seed (5-7 mm long) while the color of its body ranges from brown to reddish brown, depending on the time it fed last.
At nymph and adult stages, a bed bug has flattened body which enables it to hide in tiny cracks and crevices, in bed joints, under carpets as well as in upholstered furniture like sofas.
“Warmer climates boost the development and reproduction of bed bugs.”
Bed Bug Life Span
The lifespan of the majority of bed bugs is usually four, five or six months, although a few of them can live even for one year when they are under cold conditions.
Bed bugs die faster in warm temperatures as compared to when subjected to cold temperatures. For instance, a starved male bed bug can remain alive for a year at a temperature of 50F but may die within a month when it is in an environment with 80F temperature.
If you have bed bugs in NYC, call Control Exterminating Company’s bed bug inspection NYC service.***
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Why Do Mosquitoes Need Blood?
They may be tiny in size but are the cause of some of the most deadly diseases. We’re talking about mosquitoes and their ability to spread diseases like dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. So why do mosquitoes need blood?
Feeding Habits of Mosquitoes
More than a million people die from mosquito-borne diseases every year all over the world. We must understand the feeding habits and why mosquitoes need blood to protect ourselves from them.
At Control Exterminating, we understand the dangers posed by these pests. Our experts are trained to eliminate mosquitoes effectively.
If a mosquito bites an infected human being, it picks up the disease along with the blood. The mosquito then transfers the disease to the next human that it bites.
Why Do They Need Blood?
Only female mosquitoes need blood and bite humans to get it. Since blood is a good source of proteins and amino acids, female mosquitoes drink blood to grow mosquito eggs.
The male mosquitoes fulfill their nutritional needs by feeding on nectar, water, and plant sap, which females feed on as well.
“Since blood is a good source of proteins and amino acids, female mosquitoes drink blood to grow mosquito eggs.”
Why Do Mosquito Bites Cause Welts?
When the female mosquito bites into our skin, it also injects a bit of saliva into our blood to prevent it from clotting. The welt is formed when our skin has an allergic reaction to this saliva.
This welt disappears in a few hours for most people but for some, the allergic reaction is stronger and the welts can stay on for days.
How Do Mosquitoes Identify Their Targets?
Mosquitoes use their senses to identify their victims. They first identify that a target is nearby by identifying the smell of carbon dioxide that we exhale. They then use their vision to differentiate humans from other animals.
“They first identify that a target is nearby by identifying the smell of carbon dioxide that we exhale.”
Why Do Mosquitoes Prefer Certain People?
If you feel that you get more mosquito bites than those around you, you may not be wrong. Mosquitoes do have their preferences. Factors like your blood type, body heat, and pregnancy can make you more attractive to mosquitoes.
- Humans release a chemical through their skin that reveals their blood type. According to recent research, mosquitoes can detect this chemical and generally prefer to feed on the O blood group. So for mosquitoes, blood type is an indicator for choosing their victim.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia found in our sweat. So, if you are doing some tough physical work and sweating, mosquitoes will find you faster.
- A certain type of bacteria on your skin can attract mosquitoes towards you.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to pregnant women. According to researchers, this may be due to the fact that pregnant women exhale more carbon dioxide.
- One study on mosquitoes has discovered that people who have had a few beers attract more mosquito bites. This may be due to increased ethanol content in their blood.
“Mosquitoes are attracted to lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia found in our sweat. So, if you are doing some tough physical work and sweating, mosquitoes will find you faster.”
What Are the Signs of a Mosquito Infestation?
- The most obvious sign of a mosquito infestation is the constant buzzing sound that they make.
- If you are being bitten by these tiny bugs when you venture out, you may have a mosquito problem to deal with.
- Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. Keep a lookout for their larvae in stagnant water around your homes like water trays or bowls.
A mosquito infestation should not be taken lightly. Mosquito bites can cause a number of deadly diseases.
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Termites: Pests or Saviors of the Environment?
What are the first thoughts that come to your mind when you see termites? Is it pests or vermin? Well, think again. According to the researchers at Princeton University termites are saviors, as termites role in the environment is quite significant.
So, while termites may be a menace if they infest your house, termites role in the world’s ecosystem is significantly important. In fact, only a few of the 3000 known termite species can be considered pests. Be it deserts of Africa, tropical rainforests, temperate woodlands or even your neighborhood garden; they play a crucial role in maintaining the ecosystem.
Why Are Termites Important to the Environment
- Termites help prevent desertification of land
Rain is able to seep through the holes dug into the ground by the termites rather than just evaporate. In fact, termite mounds allow the plants around them to thrive on a small percentage of rain that would typically be needed for any vegetation to survive. This allows the plants surrounding termite mounds to germinate and flourish after a withering drought.
Even termite feces are good for the soil. Its stickiness helps prevent soil erosion. The bacteria in the gut of termites help extract nitrogen from the air and provide this excellent fertilizer to the soil. This tiny vermin mix organic and inorganic matter to help the soil retain its nutrients.
- Termites improve the quality of the soil
Termites play a significant role in our forests as well. They extract the cellulose present in the wood for food and provide a number of essential substances to improve the soil quality in the forest. Thanks to the symbiotic bacteria and protozoa present in their bodies, termites can eat wood, dung, lichen and even dirt. So, not only do they prevent overcrowding of trees in the forest, but they also provide the correct environment for new life to flourish. The tunnels created by them create waterways that help new plants to grow.
- Nourishment for other animals
Termites are also an essential part of the food chain. Birds, chimpanzees and even ants are known to feed on termites. Being high in protein and fats, they are a good source of nutrition.
Termites are important for the environment but are still a problem in the home. This does not mean that we allow termites to take over our homes, and therefore termite removal remains essential. After all the sandy soil and high moisture levels make our homes the perfect environment for these pests – making pest control NYC very crucial.
Of course, not, there are some proactive steps that we can take to prevent termite infestation in our homes.
- It is essential to remove any old rotting stumps and roots in your yard.
- Always store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- Also, try and eliminate wood-to-ground contact of your foundation. Damp wood can be one of the biggest cause of termite infestation in our homes.
- Keep a constant check on your wooden floors and doors for infestation.
Termites have a role in the environment, not in your house.
However, if in spite of all these efforts, these pesky pests do infest your home you need to control your termite infestation. This should be done in an environmentally friendly manner, using treatments that are effective and non-hazardous to your family and pets.
In NYC Control Exterminating is the one-stop answer to all your pest control worries. Not only do they eradicate termites from your home in the most efficient manner, but they also do it in the most environmentally friendly way.
However, the next time you see a termite mound on your playground, don’t call the pest control immediately. If these tiny vermin are not destroying any public property, you may let them be. After all these tiny termites are actually working hard to maintain the ecosystem of your area.
For more termite facts, check out this article on how to tell if you have termites.***