Bed bugs are a big problem in New York City and New Jersey and across the country. The blood sucking insects insert two hollow feeding tubes into the victim. One tube they use to inject saliva which contains an anticoagulant and anesthetics. The other tube is used to take blood from its host. Some experts claim bed bugs will feed for approximately five minutes.
The bites are typically not felt until hours later and in some case days later. The critters attempt to feed themselves every 5 to 10 days. Bed bugs that get meals on a consistent basis often live between six to nine months. If bed bugs don’t have a food source they can go dormant and not have a meal for up to 18 months. However, it was reported in 2009 at a Entomological Society of America meeting that newer generations of pesticide-resistant bed bugs located in Virginia could only live for two months without a blood meal.
Beg bug monitors can play a vital role in detecting the blood sucking bed bugs in your residence.