Bed Bugs also known as Cimicidaes are a common but annoying pest in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Some people may ask what exactly is a bed bug and what happens if you get bit by one. Bed Bugs are a light reddish brown in color and have an oval shaped body that is about 5 mm in length. In the Phoenix area many people get bit by bed bugs and when they do they experience symptoms such as skin rashes, psychological effects and other allergic symptoms. Most people don’t like to experience these things so you might be asking yourself, where do i find bedbugs? Bed Bugs are mainly found in houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bed bugs are not strictly nocturnal but they are most active at night, because that is when they are able to feed with out being noticed by there hosts.
The bed bugs in Phoenix are obligatory hematophagous which means that they are bloodsucking insects. They don’t always feed on humans but they do when other prey is unavailable. Bed Bugs find there prey by mainly carbon dioxide, secondarily by body temperature, and also by certain chemicals. When bed bugs feed they will suck blood for about three to five minutes then will go back into hiding. It only takes a bed bug between five to ten minutes for it to be completely engorged with blood. They can also go a long time without feeding here in Phoenix. They can live for up to 1 year without food but in most cases they will feed every five to ten days. Bed bugs are a major pest to the Phoenix area!