Since you’re asking the question ‘how big are bed bugs’ chances are you think you might have them, or worse, you have them…
Either way, your curiosity has lead you here because you’re worried about bed bugs. So, here’s a few questions you might want answered to help you identify bed bugs and what happens if they’re left untreated…
How Big are Bed Bugs?
The short answer? Not very. Bed bugs are about a quarter of the size of a woodlouse. Pretty small, right? However, the females can grow up to 2cm from head to tail depending on how much blood has been sucked and if they’re pregnant.
Their size, like any other insect, varies through their lifetime. Nymphs (baby bed bugs) will be as little as 2.5mm, whereas fully-grown bed bugs can reach sizes of up to 4.5mm or even 5mm.
2. Where do Bed Bugs Come From?
Understanding where bed bugs come from is the first and arguably most important step to stop them from returning. Bed bug removal isn’t as simple as squashing them until they go away, in fact, this will probably do more harm than good.
Bed bugs are commonly found in dwellings with a high rate of occupant turnover. This includes establishments such as hotels, dorms, shelters, apartments and prisons. They aren’t necessarily a sign of bad housekeeping, as the majority of bed bug cases are due to the previous occupant coming into contact with them.
3. Signs of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are pretty easy to identify and preventing them is simply a case of not bringing infested items such as clothing, children’s toys, or basically anything that bed bugs have latched onto into your home! How do you know if they’re there? Look for typical signs such as:
- Faecal traces
- Cast skins
- Live samples
Bed bugs are insects, so they have 6 legs, 3 on each side. They have large abdomens for storing blood behind their third set of legs. Chances are, you find a bug in your bed that matches this description, you’ve got bed bugs!
If you think you have an infestation, check your furniture, bedding – these are the most popular places bed bugs around found.
4. How do you Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs is a process that involves many steps. However, you’ll be glad to know the steps are simple! Here are the steps you need to follow:
Cleaning your furniture: Make sure your curtains, clothing bed linen and anywhere you think bed bugs may be nesting is first washed in hot water and then thrown into the dryer at the highest heating setting. Bed bugs cannot withstand such heat and will ultimately perish.
Hoover around your bed and bedroom frequently: This is just being hygienic. The cleaner a room, the less likely it is that bed bugs will appear.
Optional: To be extra safe, you can encase your mattress in a woven, zippered cover to keep bed bugs from entering and leaving. The only downside to this is that bedbugs can live up to a year without food, so you will have to keep the cover on for a year.
Worst case scenario is that if your mattress is infested, the best course of action would be to get rid of it. Bed bugs are notorious for spreading, so be sure to transport the mattress out of your home as carefully as possible to stop them spreading throughout your house.
For more information on bed bugs and for detailed ways on how to get rid of them, read this article.
Failing that, you can always call AMES to efficiently eliminate your bed bugs. Our dedicated staff are always on-hand to help with any advice or queries you may have.
Contact us on 0330404 3391 or visit our Contact Page here.