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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.
Bed bugs have been a major nuisance in homes as well as 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 including:
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 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.
Bed Bug Life Cycle (Infographic)
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.
Adult Bed Bugs
“Warmer climates boost the development and reproduction of bed bugs.”
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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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Ants are looked at as a small, insignificant pest, but these insects can be very violent. Given the appropriate conflict, an ant war between two colonies of ants can occur. These ants will rip each other to pieces in order to protect their colony and Queen.
Who Do Ants Go To War With?
Ants are social insects which live in ‘families’ known as colonies. An ant war can be among ants within the same colony or a colony versus another colony. These insects can also fight other animals, and even humans when they feel threatened.
Why Do Ants Fight Each Other?
Ant Vs Ant
Most ant internal ant wars (within a colony) occur as a result of issues related to the queen ant. Each colony has one female ant which is exclusively allowed to mate with drones (male ants) and reproduce. However, there are other female ants (workers) within a colony who may try to mate with the drones to reproduce. The internal war is mostly among worker ants as they try to compete for drones for mating and serving purposes. In such a case, a fight between two worker ants continues until one is defeated. The defeated ant returns to work worker while the winner is allowed to go on to mate. Fortunately, fights amongst worker ants of the same colony don’t result in fatalities.
Queen Ant Vs Female Ants
Nevertheless, in an extreme case, worker ants may “assassinate” the sitting queen once their number in a colony hits 300. The replacement of the queen may occur as a result of her deteriorated reproduction capability, hence the need to get another queen. The workers with full reproductive capability become queens and mate with their male siblings to form their own colonies.
Ant Vs Ant Colony
Intra-colony fights may also occur as a result of wrong identification of an ant within a colony. Ants sharing the same colony identify themselves according to their unique smell. However, sometimes one of them may smell differently, perhaps like an outsider, possibly as a result of contamination or just a mistaken identity. In such a case, the ant may be attacked by its nest mates until it cleans itself and is accepted back or unfortunately succumbs to the injuries it sustains from the fight.
Ant Colony Vs Ant Colony
In other instances, an ant fight may occur when one ant colony raids another colony for food. The raid triggers a conflict between the two colonies and eventually a war. Both colonies (the raider and the raided) summon their worker ants to the tournament ground where hundreds of fighters conduct a highly stereotyped demonstration of fights. Eventually, the colony that’s able to summon a larger number of workers than the other takes over the one with the less worker workforce. The end of the fight is characterized by the killing or chasing away of the Queen of the weaker ant colony by the stronger colony. The latter also takes the larvae, pupae, callow as well as the honeypot workers of the weaker colony.
How Do Ants Fight? How Do They Attack?
During wars between same colony members, ants will “whip” one another using their antennae for about 14 to 21 times until winners are established. While some ant species maim and kill their rivals using their mandibles, others like Brachyponera Chinensis use the sting on their abdomen to fight. During a fight, the stinging ants mount on their enemies and pierce them using their stings. Other species of ant spray their enemies with formic acid, a poisonous substance. Some ant fights are so serious that some fighting ants end up being torn into pieces and eventually die.
What Do Ants Do With Their Dead?
Have you ever realized that if you kill a few ants in your kitchen, a few more are most likely to show up? The logic behind that is the fact that ants don’t leave their dead family members just anywhere. Instead, the surviving ones come to pick the dead and put them in their midden, a pile made up of ants’ waste matter and remains. This pile is said to protect the ant colony and their Queen from contamination.
Ants will risk it all to retrieve their fallen brothers and sisters and return them to their homes. They follow the chemical called oleic acid which has a scent that creates a path to their dead and injured family members.
Ant War Conclusion
Ants may be small, but they are fascinating and extremely loyal insects. Their colonies a formed in such a structure, that they are born with these natural insects.
To see a video of an ant war in action, click here.
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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.
Contact our team of mosquito experts at Control Exterminating immediately. Our mosquito control techniques include eliminating the breeding sites of larvae, use of indoor sprays and fogging.***
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Common Bugs in NYC
There are some common bugs in NYC that are specific to certain regions in the United States.
New York City is primarily known for the problems we have with cockroaches. Control Exterminating NYC are experts in controlling and exterminating cockroaches.
You don’t have to live with the problem simply because it is a problem that is known to exist in NY. Any bugs NYC problem can be treated by our qualified exterminators.
“Let us show you what we can do to help you with you get rid of cockroaches and other common bugs.”
If you want to address common bugs in NYC that are a problem, contact the professional services of Control Exterminating NYC. Our team of professional exterminators are qualified to offer you the best services possible.
We offer professional services that prove effective in treating most infestations of common bugs you have. The problem could develop very slowly and completely take over before you realize it.
You can try to treat the problem on your own but you it is more helpful and less time-consuming when you hire the services of a qualified pest control experts NY.
Why Hire Professional Pest Control Service
Hiring a professional pest control service will be advantages to have because they will be able to quickly get to the bottom of the problem for you. Our exterminator will know exactly where to look to find the source of your problem.
Once they have identified the source, they must then try to determine if this is the only place where the problem stems from. There may be more than one entryway and if you do not find them all, the problem will still exist.
“Our exterminators will perform a thorough search of the property to find out where your problem stems from to seal it up and prevent more bugs from coming inside.”
You might think that simply because it is a common problem, surely there is something online that will tell you how to effectively treat the problem.
We are sure that you’ll be able to find exactly what you are looking for online. The problem is that the methods that are suggested are usually just a quick fix. They don’t produce lasting benefits.
If you have an ant problem for example, that you want to completely eliminate, you need to find out where and why they are coming inside.
Once this has been accomplished, our pest control expert will develop a plan to effectively address the source of your problem, thus destroying every inch of the problem.
Don’t Use DIY Methods
Buying products over-the-counter can also be a serious problem, due to the effects that the harmful chemicals can have on your health and the health of your children and pets.
When you want to remain safe, why not leave the job of getting rid of bugs to our professional pest control exterminators at Control Exterminating NYC.
They have the knowledge and the qualifications that make it possible for you to live bug free for now and years to come.
“Most people want value for their money, this is exactly what you will receive when you allow us to address your pest control needs.”
You don’t have to live with the problem that you’re experiencing because you are fearful of how much it will cost to address the problem.
We will work with you regardless of your budget to provide you with the best and most efficient pest control service possible.
Most people want value for their money, this is exactly what you will receive when you allow us to address your pest control needs.
We don’t leave a trace of any type of pest problem once we have been allowed to address the problem at Control Exterminating NYC.
“Common Bugs in NYC” was first published by controlexterminating.com
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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.
But, 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.
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There are various types of bees. You might not know how to differentiate one from another. Whenever you have a problem with bees, it is a good idea to at least know which type you are having trouble with. Most people assume that when they have a problem with bees that they are bumblebees.
Do You Have a Carpenter Bee Infestation
This isn’t always the case. In many cases the problem that you are experiencing are often due to carpenter bees. This is the bee that is usually mistaken for the bumblebee. Control Exterminating Pest Control exterminators in New York City are capable of evaluating the problem and accurately determining which of type of bee you are experiencing a problem with. We are happy to assist you if you’re located in Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn or Manhattan.
Recognizing Carpenter Bees from a Bumblebees
The bumblebee and carpenter bee differ in color. The Bumblebee has black and yellow strips and the carpenter bee is black all over without hair. While the female carpenter bee has the ability to sting, the male does not. Bees do not usually attack unless they are provoked. The reality is that they do not pose much of threat to your health.
Visible Holes in Wood
Carpenter bees drill holes in wood to build their nests. It is usually only about half-inch. If you are looking around and notice small holes in the wood around your home or property, you might have carpenter bees. If you’re starting to notice a lot of sawdust around, this is another indicator of carpenter bees. If you don’t address the problem, it could become worse. When they continue making holes in the wood, it damages your property.
You Hear Buzzing Noises
Buzzing sounds can come from any type of bee. In the case of the carpenter bee, these are the ones that you likely hear inside your home. The bumblebee isn’t usually found indoors. Unlike the bumblebee, the carpenter bee will come indoors during the cooler months and leave once it starts to get warm outside again.
If you recognize any of these signs, you should seek help right away before the problem becomes any worse.
“Do You Have a Carpenter Bee Infestation” was written for Control Exterminating Company and edited by Maria Sumoza.