Bed Bug Sex! – Phoenix / Scottsdale Bed Bug Control – Pest Control

Effective Bed Bug Control relies on knowledge of their development and behavior.

Bed bug control is constantly on the minds of pest control pros in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. We are always getting called by grossed out folks who are looking for answers and treatments for their infested homes. Learning about the bed bug’s life cycle and behavior is an important first step in understanding how to win the battle against them.

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about bed bug sex but were afraid to ask!

Okay, if I’m Being honest it’s probably:

“Everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about bed bug sex but now that I mention it you’re cautiously interested in learning.”

Still With me? Okay, In this series of posts on Bed Bug control I plan to teach you all about the life cycle of bed bugs. Of course, you can’t start the study of the life cycle of any animal without learning about their mating habits first.

I’m going to do my best to be a grown up about this but just a fair warning: the bed bugs themselves aren’t too grown up, or nice, or civil about it. Trust me, this will get… weird.

Seriously though, bed bugs are already gross enough with the way they feed on your blood and then poop blood stains onto your sheets so it’s really crazy to find out about their less than nice mating rituals. So put the kids to bed, lock up the cat and/or dog, and maybe even your spouse if they get squeamish about some things, and enjoy the read!

The Differences Between the Sexes

Male and female bed bugs are relatively simple to tell apart. Males are more egg shaped, slimmer and longer. Females are rounder, especially toward the rear. If you ever have a reason to memorize the two, just remember “Baby Got Back.” She got them “Egg bearing hips.”

 

“Courting”

After they have had a nice, filling meal of human blood male bed bugs are ready to mate. Male beg bugs are one of the more frisky critters in the animal kingdom. They aren’t necessarily looking for “Mrs. Right” as much as they are looking for, well any adult bed bug. Luckily for nymphs, or juvenile bed bugs, they produce a pheromone that tells the adult males that they are not a good mating partner. However this seems to be the limit of their “discretion.”

Male bed bugs are pretty much “Down for anything” or anyone. Males will chase down (literally chase down, because the other bed bugs are definitely not interested) any other adult bed bug and forcibly mate with it. Females (and, yes, other males) are resistant to this because of the violent nature of the mating and the damage that it can cause to them.

 

The Battle of the Sexes

I apologize for this part, but really, this is why you’re here. Right? The female bed bug’s body is not actually designed for easy insemination. So male bed bugs have a sharp, pointy penis that is shaped like a curved hypodermic needle.

The male bed bug mounts the female, finds a weak body segment and jabs his sword-like penis into the females abdomen, ejaculating directly into the female’s (or male’s) body cavity fluid, called hemolymph. This process is called “Traumatic Insemination” by scientists but most ladies call it “not cool!”

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The actual act of mating is not pretty for bed bugs.

Understandably, this traumatic insemination can cause serious damage to the female, or male, bed bug that was inseminated. It leaves a hole as well as cracks in the exoskeleton of the female, and can lead to infection and even death in some cases. What’s really scary for the females is that to reproduce at the most efficient rate this must happen several times during her lifetime.

After insemination the sperm travel through the fluid inside the body of the female until they find her ovaries. This is where the eggs are fertilized and.. well if you don’t already know all of this part you probably shouldn’t have been reading this article in the first place.

 

Well now you’re probably really glad that when Mom and Dad sat you down and gave you “The Talk” all those years ago, that they didn’t tell you about the “Birds and the Bed Bugs!” That could’ve really messed you up!

To me, it is interesting though to see how one gender in a species has such a resistance to mating while the other gender has developed a way around that resistance. Though that way around is pretty nasty! In fact, it’s so nasty that if you have bed bugs you are probably wanting to make sure this kind of activity does NOT go on in your home anymore. Put a stop to it!

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question about Bed Bug control or anything else…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

 

 

 

 

5 Hiding Spots for Bed Bugs! – Phoenix / Scottsdale Bed Bug Control

Bed Bug Control requires effective inspections!

Bed Bug control is a huge issue here in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area! One of the most common calls that we get is frantic homeowners finding bedbugs that they didn’t know they had.

Many times when a homeowner first finds bed bugs in their home they have already had them for several weeks or even months already. The reason for this is that bed bug infestations usually start with just a few and then multiply very quickly with an available source of human blood. In as little as 10 weeks a room can go from having only 2 bed bugs to having as many as a thousand! And this problem is compounded by the fact that you usually never see them unless you look for them.

Lots of folks think that they would first notice bed bugs when they see or feel bites. But this is often not the case. A bed bug bite itself leaves no mark. They have a very tiny beak that they use to get to your blood. Some folks have a mild allergic reaction to the saliva left behind which can leave a red, itchy welt on the skin at the site of the bite. But this reaction only happens in a little bit less than half the population leaving most people with no visible evidence of a bite.

So what can you do to find bed bugs in your home before they become a big problem? I’ll outline 5 places where you might find bed bugs hiding in your bed room. Use this as a periodic check or as a way to set yourself at ease when you may have visited an infested friend’s house, a motel, or a movie theater.

Here’s is a quick video with the president of NaturZone Pest Control Bill Stewart on inspection and Bed Bug Control.

There are 5 main places to check in a bedroom:

  • Folds and Seams of Your Mattress
  • Folds and Crevices of Your Box Spring
  • Bed-side Tables and Other Furniture Near Bed
  • Curtains Near or Touching Bed
  • Cracks and Crevices of Bed Frame

Many people think that the edges of the carpet are an important place to check while doing a bed bug control inspection. While bed bugs will infest the edges of carpeting this usually happens latter in the progression of the infestation so that by that point the problem is already apparent.

Keep in mind that bed bugs will hide anywhere where they have protection from light and movement, especially if that place offers easy access to a human host. So when in doubt, check!

Folds and Seams of Your Mattress 

Bed bugs usually will not travel far from their host. This means that sometimes you can find them as close as the folds or under the seams of the mattress. Usually this will be on the underside of the mattress except in cases where the infestation has already progressed quite a bit.

What you are looking for is 4  different things that tell you you have an infestation:

  • Bed Bugs themselves
  • Bed Bug Skins from Molting
  • Pinhead Sized, Pearly White Eggs
  • Black Spots or Stains (Feces)

Folds and Crevices of Box Spring

The box springs are often the place where we find the most activity. The folds of fabric on the bottom side of the box spring  are a perfect spot that offers protection from light and movement. We will often find clusters of eggs along with the blood stains that are the feces of bed bugs and the bugs themselves in these folds.

The plastic or metal bumpers on the corners of the box springs also provide a great place for bed bugs to hide, mate, and lay eggs. And don’t forget the cracks and crevices on the inside of the box springs. Between the wood pieces, cardboard and fabric are all important spots to check.

Curtains

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The back side of curtains are a often overlooked spot to check for signs of bed bugs.

The backside of curtains, Especially those that touch a bed, are often a big area of activity. Usually at the top of the curtains around the seams and folds and on the back side you can find signs of bed bugs if you have an infestation.

Bed-side Tables

Underneath or in the cracks and crevices of bed-side tables and other pieces of furniture touching or near the bed will usually provide a good place for bed bugs to hide. Look anywhere that two pieces of wood meet. inside or underneath drawers too.

Cracks and Crevices of Bed Frame

This is also a big one. Depending on the type of frame, it can harbor more of these nasty blood suckers than the box springs. Look in the cracks and crevices, anywhere that two or more pieces of material meet is a potential spot for bed bugs, eggs and other signs.

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question about bed bug control or anything else…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

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