For homeowners in Atlanta, bed bug exterminator services are essential for ensuring that their families are protected from bed bug infestations. Those looking for an Atlanta bed bug treatment service provider can rely on Breda Pest Management. Using advanced techniques, we can detect and eradicate these furtive pests.
Bed Bug Facts:
- A female will lay 3-8 eggs at a time
- 300-500 eggs in their lifetime
- It takes 7-12 days for the eggs to hatch
- On average it takes 32-48 days to develop from an egg to the adult stage
- A bed bug will molt 5 times to reach the adult stage
- The average adult lives 10 months
- It takes a bed bug 5-10 minutes to feed
- It can take 2-11 days for the bite to show up
Newly hatched bed bug nymphs are translucent and lighter in color than adults. They continue to become browner and molt as they reach maturity. Nymphs go through five stages of growth and can range in size from 1.5 mm to 4.5 mm. Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, flattened, oval, and wingless, with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. A common misconception is that they are not visible to the naked eye, but adults grow to about 5 mm (three-sixteenths of an inch) in length and do not move quickly enough to escape the notice of an attentive observer.
Bedbugs are generally active only at night, and their peak attack period is usually roughly an hour before local dawn. They will sometimes, however, attempt to feed at other times of day if food is near. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. With one tube, it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics. With the other, it withdraws the blood of its host. (Thanks to the anesthetics, when the host actually feels a ‘bite’ sensation, that is skin’s reaction to the bite, not the bite itself.) After feeding — a typical meal lasts about 5 minutes — the bug returns to its lair.
Although bedbugs can live for up to 18 months without a food source, they will not voluntarily abstain from food for that entire time; if a food source is available, they will usually seek food on a weekly basis. Many individuals erroneously associate bedbugs with filthy conditions. In truth, as mentioned above, they are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and not dirt, and feed off blood, not waste. They are found as often in immaculately clean locations as in poorly kept conditions. While bedbugs have been known to harbor pathogens in their bodies, including plague and hepatitis B, they have not been linked to the transmission of any disease and are not regarded as a medical threat.
As the leading bed bug exterminator in Atlanta, our bed bug treatment services provide a comprehensive system to effectively detect, eliminate, and prevent re-infestation. Unlike other Atlanta bed bug exterminator services, our professionals don’t rely on simple visual inspections. We have a specialized Bed Bug Detection system to find adult bed bugs, and utilize a dry steam technique to effectively exterminate the bugs. After treatment, we also install bed bug monitors around bed posts to prevent re-infestation.
Female bedbugs can lay up to five eggs in a day and 500 during a lifetime. The eggs are almost invisible to the naked eye and are a milky white tone in color. A few bedbug species make use of a mating plug, which a male inserts post-copulation. Effectively the male seals her vaginal opening upon withdrawal. This has a distinct evolutionary advantage as it prevents other males from mating with her. All bedbugs mate by traumatic insemination. Male bedbugs sometimes attempt to mate with other males and pierce the latter in the abdomen.
In Atlanta, bed bug exterminator services provide the most effective and convenient way to control bed bug infestations. Breda Pest Management is the leading bed bug exterminator in Atlanta, and offers the most comprehensive pest management services in the region.