Bed bugs are one of the six top most annoying pests of the world. Infestation by bedbugs is the hot topic these days in the US. Professionals divide bed bug infestation into three categories:
- Light Infestation- 200 bed bugs
- Medium Infestation- 200-300 bed bugs
- Severe Infestation-2000-3000 bed bugs
This article illustrates some interesting pictures of bedbugs along with some fun facts. You will be surprised to learn these facts about these pesky pests that disturb your sleep daily. For example, there was a time when bed bugs were used for medicinal purpose. Egyptians used them to cure snakebites.
Bed bug for testing
There are several research institutes that are currently working on bed bugs to find the key to eradicating them. Some of them are: The University of Kentucky, Cooper Pest Solutions and Bed Bug Central, to name a few.
Bed bug crawling on human skin
Only those who are sensitive and allergic can feel that bed buga crawling on them. Bed bugs are too small to announce their presence.
Bed bug nymph feeding
The picture above shows a translucent young bed bug, known as a nymph, feeding on a human. The red color of its body is due to the blood.
Bed bug sucking blood on human skin
There is a misconception that bed bugs only feed on humans. Before this, they used to feed on bats.
Bed bug on a finger tip
Bed bugs become reddish brown only after feeding on blood. Once they have had their meal, they survive for 3 to 4 days.
Adult bed bugs mating
Bed bugs can lay 10,000 eggs in 3 months.
Complete Bed Bug colony on mattress
This is common sight under your carpet or mattress during bed bug infestation.
Bed bugs eggs(clustered)
As has already been mentioned, bed bugs can lay 10,000 eggs in 3 months. A single bed bug can lay upto 500 eggs in its life time.
Bed bug Egg
This bed bug egg is actually smaller than the size of a pinhead. The picture is highly magnified.
Life cycle: egg, nymph and adult
The above life cycle shows all stages of bed bugs- egg, nymph and adult- in a single photograph. Bed bugs are difficult to eradicate completely as they can be alive even two weeks after treatment.
Comparison of egg’s size with rice
Even a grain of rice is big in comparison to the size of a bed bug. This clearly shows how minutely you have to search for bed bugs on your mattresses and other areas of your house to get rid of them.
Bed bugs and eggs
Bed bugs are a tasty treat to cockroaches, spiders, mites, centipedes, the masked hunter, pharaoh ants, and fire ants.
Bed bug infestation on a mattress
They are too small to be easily noticed. Placing the mattress under the sun can solve the problem. There are several mattress treatments available. In spite of so many cures, the problem persists.
Bed bugs feeding
An adult bed bug can survive for 550 days without food. Its bite may not lead to serious disease but the symptoms of the bite are chronic.
Bed bugs breeding
The bed bug breeding process is traumatic insemination. They can breed 4 or 5 times in a lifetime but can lay eggs several times after mating.
Picture of bed bugs for study just a week after they stuck Paris
Bed bug infestation on wall
Unbelievable, yet fact. Bed bug infestation has grown so much in New York City that it was 82 in 2004 and in 2009 it is 4,088.
Comparison of a bed bug with the tip of a pair scissors. You can imagine how tiny it is, and so hard to notice!