Much to your chagrin, it’s quite unbelievable that a single, tiny bed bug larvae worm can change alter your lifestyle.
But, this bug phenomenon, otherwise known as bed bug infestation, happens every single day in millions of homes to many unsuspecting victims.
To fully understand these small pests you need to learn the life cycle of being bed bug larvae first.
Little creatures as they are, bed bugs feasted on the blood of bats as well as the primitive cavemen. But when the primitive cavemen abandoned the caves, they too were gone.
Another interesting thing about these sucker pests is that their sense of smell is super sensitive enabling them to follow any mortal that gives off carbon dioxide.
A better understanding of these bug’s life cycle will give us more insight into what we are contending with:
The actual larvae go through 5 different stages to complete an entire life cycle and become an adult bedbug. This process takes approximately a month if they are at the right temperature and have a good amount of hosts to feed off of, such as animals and humans.
This is because of these bugs only feast on blood, warm blood immediately extracted from their hosts.
One thing to keep in mind when you are in the actual treatment stages is just because you have not gotten a bit in a month or so does not mean they are gone. Adults can actually survive well over a month without a meal.
These tiny pests originate from their eggs, akin to other insects. The egg’s size is around 1mm long and within 2-7 days, the egg will hatch and this hatchling will turn into bed bug larvae. This 0.5 mm-long maggot can already draw blood from you at this point and your blood will nourish it turning its translucent body into crimson.
Prior to becoming mature, the maggots of these pests go through five nymphal phases that will somewhat last from 32 to 45 days. A mature pest takes about 7 months before it can lay scores of eggs estimated between 300 to 500 eggs per adult pest.
At this rate of reproduction, they can populate and infest our homes in just a few months giving us additional tiny creatures to deal with and more itchy bites to scratch.
Hundreds of bites caused by mature and bed bug larvae can result in paleness due to loss of blood finally leading to anemia.
Then you get to wonder how was it possible that you do not feel anything when these tiny pests were feeding on you? It is because these small pests inject some sort of anesthetic through one of their feeding tubes together with an anti-coagulant so your blood will not clot.
This is the reason why you do not feel anything until your body reacts to the foreign fluids left by these mature pests and their maggots.
A pest control service is strong enough to be able to eradicate the adult pests as well as their maggots that last a long, long time.