Bedbug is a nocturnal (Active at night) parasite, all stages feeding on blood, principally human but also dog, cat and rodents. Hide by the day in crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper, skirting board, curtains, seams of mattress and emerge when hungry.
Biology: A Bedbug lays upto 200 eggs, possibly more, at the rate of 4 to 5 eggs per day glued crevices and harbourages. Bedbug eggs are whie with light brown caps and hatche above 13° temperature.The eggs hatche into nymphs in about 6 to 10 days. The nymphs go through 5 moults, taking from a few weeks to several months depending on the food supply and conditions.
Bedbugs are wingless, flattened unless recently fed, about 6mm long.
Bedbugs Bite: Bites may cause severe allergic reaction but not a known disease carrier. Infestations are often but not exclusively associated with poorer housing where the insects may be transferred on second hand furniture, lodging houses, hostels, hotels and can also be brought into property from friend's and relative's houses. Public transport is known to be the major source of infestation where they hide in luggages when kept on or beneath the seats.
Control: Thoroughness is vital to the elimination of infesation. It is important to find and treat harbourages. We treat the infested rooms using spray or dust according to situation with a broad specturm residual insecticide, paying particular attention to bed frames, skirting boards, wall switches, curtains, matresses, picture frames and any other cracks and crevices likely to shelter adult or nymphal bugs. If possible the beding materials should be heat sterlized. We recomment 2-3 repeat treatments in order to acheive successful control.