Bed Bugs have increasingly become a more common pest over the years, and a common question at Georgetown Pest Control is how to get rid of Bed Bugs. To understand how to get rid of these difficult bugs, you need to understand their biology. Bed Bugs are universal pests for humans, domestic pets, and other mammals. The sole food for bed bugs is the blood of warm-blooded mammals. Bed bugs can easily be transferred through travel, exchanges in clothing or bedding, visiting friends/family, schools, acquiring second hand furniture, and much more. The bed bug life cycle contains three stages: the egg, several nymphal stages, and the adult. The development time from egg to mature adult can vary drastically based on temperature and host availability, and can be from 35 to 130 days. Bed bugs are typically active at night, however they can be active during the day if their food source is not present during the night. Bed bugs will travel to their meal source and return to their hiding location. A female bed bug can lay two eggs per day for up to 200 days, causing infestations to become difficult to manage very quickly. Adding to this difficulty is due to the hardy body and flattened oval shape which allows them to easily take cover in the smallest of cracks and crevices. Mature adult bed bugs can also last over six months without a food source.
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