I Found One Bed Bug
Do Males And Females Bed Bugs Look Different?
Now that you know how to identify a bed bug , what about the sex? If you've found one male bed bug, you might not have to worry. Male bed bugs can't lay eggs. If there's only one male bed bug in the area, they won't become an infestation.
But, the females are another story. This is because sperm from pregnant female bed bugs may be stored in their bodies for as long as 4-6 months. During this time, they can produce eggs and lay them every day. A single male bug could infect your home.
Australian Environmental Pest Managers Association says that the best way to identify sex in bed bugs is by visual inspection. Male bed bugs are rounder than their female counterparts. Males, on the other hand, have a pointier abdomen. Think of an orange and a lime side by side. The shape of lemons is similar to male bed bugs. They are rounder and have a pointy bottom. This only goes for unfed bed bugs, however. After being fed, both male and female bed bugs will look long and full.
It can be quite hard to tell the sex of a bed bug. It can be difficult to tell if they aren't familiar or you have just one. So, to be on the safe side, you should assume that your lone bug is a female. It must be removed from your home immediately after it has laid eggs.
Does One Bed Bug Exist?
At this stage, you might be asking yourself how possible it is to prevent an infestation. What if I find one bedbug on my sofa, bag, or in my suitcase? It's possible there may not be an underlying infestation.
However, it is not possible for one bed bug to exist. You might have found one male bedbug and picked it up. You might also have a single female bed bug, even though she isn't yet laying any eggs.
To be safe, assume the existence of an underlying infestation. Bed bugs are small, sneaky and good at hiding. A greater chance of finding one is if you have more bedbugs. There could also be others hidden in the area you have found one.
This is not all. The number of bed bugs has exploded. There are likely to be eggs around your home. If females mate with their children, they can do so. University of Arkansas says that one pregnant bed bug could become an infestation of 500 in two months.
Also, just because there haven’t been any bed bug bites doesn’t necessarily mean that you are immune to them. You may experience a severe reaction after a bite from bed bugs. You could be being bitten without realizing it.
It Was a Bed Bug Crawling on Me
So, let's assume that you've identified your lone insect as a bed bug. So what do you do now? What can you do to identify an infestation and how can it be dealt with?
It is crucial to follow these next steps once you've successfully removed the bed bug. Keep your fingers crossed – Bed bugs can spread quickly.
Clean up the mess you have made. It's a bed bug nightmare. It provides so many spaces for them to hide. These tiny bugs are small enough to fit in the smallest crevices and cracks. Your best bet for finding more bedbugs is to clean out your home. You should pay attention to the exact area you discovered the bug and the bedrooms.
Check for any signs of more bed bugs. We'll explain how to identify signs of infestation.
For a free consultation, call an exterminator. You should call an exterminator in case you suspect that bed bugs may be present. An exterminator will inspect your house thoroughly, and they may find something you missed.
Take action to prevent bed bugs from returning. If the verdict is bad, you'll want to start treatment for bed bugs straight away. If no signs of an infestation have been found, you can still take steps to safeguard your home. Again, we'll go into more detail below.
How do I proceed?
When you are done with your home search you'll know if you have a problem. You are most likely to have bed bugs in your home if there were any visible signs. The bugs may be hiding in your walls or elsewhere that you cannot see. If you don't treat them, one bedbug can become many.
You may not have any bed bugs if there are no more evidence. You may be the only one who found the bug. For peace of mind, though, there are many steps you can take to help guard your home against future infestations.
Now let's look at the next steps.
If you can't find any more bed bugs
Found one bed bug, but can't find more? That's good news. This could mean that your bed bugs aren't bothering you, or it may be a mild infestation. These steps will help you keep your home free from bed bugs if they are not found.
Set up a consultation appointment with an exterminator. You can choose to have this consult, although it is optional. Bed bug pest control experts are very experienced and know what to look for. You will be able to spot bed bug signs much faster than them.
Encase your mattress and box spring. Mattress and box spring encasements are designed to keep bed bugs out of nooks and crannies within your bed. It will make it easier for you to identify signs of an infestation if they do occur. You can even trap existing bed bugs, which will make them starve.
Set bed bug traps. Traps aren't designed to get rid of an infestation. They are designed to warn you about a possible bed bug infestation. The traps are placed beneath your bed legs and can be used to detect potential bed bug infestations. A bed bug can climb up your bed leg and get caught in the trap.
Take care when you travel. Avoid sitting down in public transport, unless it is necessary. Make sure you thoroughly examine the hotel room before you move into your bed. Also, store your luggage away from the walls and floor (like on a luggage rack).
Keep your home tidy. Cleanliness does not necessarily mean that bed bugs will be more likely infest it. However, keeping your home tidy and clutter-free gives bed bugs fewer places to hide. This makes it much easier for you to detect any new pests.
Make Sure It's Not a Bed Bug
Before you start panicking and begin to imagine the worst, confirm that it is a bed bug. To the untrained eye, other insects can be mistaken for bed bugs. It is difficult to identify bed bugs because most people have never seen one in person. Because they hide so well, it's partly why most people have never seen a bed bug in real life.
As we haven’t witnessed them crawling around our bed, it's simple to assume they're bed bugs. However, there are times when we might be right.
AFPMB – Bedbug – CC Image courtesy AFPMB. Many insects look a lot alike to bed bugs. For example, both bed bugs and the black carpet beetles are oval-shaped. One major difference between bed bugs and black carpet beetles is their lack of wings.
Other than fleas and bed bugs, none of the other insects listed above bite people It is easy to see how people could be confused as many of the insects are in the same size range. The colors are also similar, or difficult to tell apart because they are so small.
Bed bugs can grow to the size and shape of an apple seed. When a bedbug has just eaten, it will have a balloon-like body that is reddish-brown. If the bedbug has not eaten in recent days, it will have a longer, oval-shaped body that is brown.
Nymphs, also known as junior bed bugs, are often translucent or whitish-yellow in color. Nymphs look similar to adult bedbugs but are more easily recognized if you have just eaten. The size of nymphs depends on what stage of life they are in and how many times they have 'fed.' To help you identify if it really is a bed bug, look for wing pads. The wing pads can help you identify the type of bed bug.
Carefully Inspect The Surrounding Area For More Bed Bugs
You can only determine whether the bed bug that you discovered was part of a bigger tribe or an isolated one. Start investigating.
Remove all clutter from any room where the pest was found. Bed bugs won't be attracted to dirt, but having clutter around can give them places to hide.
Start with your bed to begin your hunt. You're the best place to start your search for bed bugs. They're attracted to the warmth of your body and the carbon dioxide you give off. They'll find both of those as you sleep in your bed at night. Your mattress is their favourite place to sleep, which is why it's important that you have a mattress bug-proof mattress cover.
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Look along the seams of your bed and around the tag area because bed bugs like to hide in those tiny crevices.
Check your bed, headboard, and boxes spring after you have examined it. You might find bed bugs in the nightstand near your bed – carefully check over the drawers and in any crevices there.
You won't know what the best course of action is until your fact-finding mission is complete. After you've gathered all of the necessary information, your strategy can be determined.
It's okay to feel relieved if, despite everything, your searches fail to uncover one single bedbug. You might also see signs of other bed bugs if you have a severe infestation. The carcass of a bed bug you find could indicate that the problem is over.
Still, be aware that you need to keep an eye out for signs and eggs. To hatch bedbug eggs, they take 6-10 days. When the nymph has been born, it will search for a meal.
If the second examination after a week does not reveal any signs of bed bugs and no bites are evident, you should be fine. If you do notice signs of bedbugs, however, be alert and get in touch with an exterminator.
Bed bugs can still cause you to wake up every morning with bites, but not other symptoms.
You should start treating your infestation if your searches turn up bed bugs more often than you thought. For a small infestation, you might be able to try to take it on yourself, but if you come across a large infestation, it's more likely you're going to need an exterminator.
How did I find a single bed bug in my home?
If you've found one male bed bug, you might not have to worry. Male bed bugs can't lay eggs. So, if there is only one male bug, it won't turn into an infestation. You can read more about it here. So, if the single bug that got into your home is female, it could create an infestation.
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