About bed bugs in the Northern Territory
Bed bugs are wingless insects that are approximately the size of an apple seed. They appear swollen and reddish in colour after feeding on blood. These insects have large antennae, six legs, and prominent mandibles. Female bed bugs are capable of producing up to 2-3 eggs per day. These eggs take approximately 10 days to hatch. Bed bugs don’t attach themselves to humans. They only attach themselves to the hosts’ body when they want to feed on blood. After a blood meal, they remain inactive until they’re ready to feed again. They can go without any food for extended periods of time.
They hide in dark places close to people’s beds. They generally come out to feed at night, but if they’re starved, they’ll step out to feed during the day. Many people believe that bed bugs usually infest unhygienic places. That’s not true. They look for warm-blooded hosts and they’re drawn to carbon dioxide that’s released by their hosts. You may be able to eliminate bed bugs from your living areas but you will not be able to get rid of them from their hidden places.
At Northern Rock Pest Control, we check all areas of your home or office, including cracks in the wall, areas behind loose wallpaper, and places under your mattress. We’ll also inspect your furnishings, carpets, paintings, and skirting boards to find traces of bed bugs or their eggs.