Bedbugs live off their host, Humans. They live in crevices in walls, under wallpaper, in
light switches, behind headboards and in folds of a mattress or bed base.
Eggs are laid in these harbourages, covered with a quick drying adhesive which cements them to the surface on which they are laid. They only visit the host to take a blood meal.
Reproduction and Lifestyle
Shaped like a rubber teat, one end covered with an egg-cap. The female will lay 1-5 eggs per day 541 in one lifetime. Development time (egg to adult) is 21 days at 86F/30C to 120 days at 65F/18C. There are 5 nymph stages and every one needs a blood meal.
The adult has well developed antennae on its head and a pair of ineffective eyes. It has biting and sucking mouth parts in order to feed on the blood of its host. It normally feeds on upper, exposed parts of the body. Most bedbugs are found on a wall close to the sleeping host, or in the bed frame. It takes about 5-10 minutes to suck a full meal from the exposed flesh and brown faecal deposits on pillows, sheets, and areas of harbourages can be found. Individuals can live up to 316 days and if temperatures fall below 61F/16C adults enter semi hibernation and can survive for months.
Areas we cover
The majority of the private pest control work we cover is in north and east London. However we do work closely with many councils in these areas, such as: Enfield council pest control, Haringey council pest control, Tower Hamlets council pest control, Hackney council Pest control, Newham council pest control, Islington council pest control, Walthamstow council Pest control, as well as the City, Camden, Waltham Forest and Barnet.
Delete Pest Control treat all major urban pests:-