Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed on warm-blooded animals. They’re small in size and thrive in warm, dark environments. Bed bugs have been a nuisance to humans for centuries, with the first known mention of these nasty pests dating back to Ancient Greece, around 400 BC. For many years bed bugs were accepted as a part of life and having them in your home was very common. They were commonly found in homes, particularly in the warmer months of the year. This all changed in the 20th century.
The invention of electric heating within homes has been attributed as being the main cause of the increase in the bed bug population in the 1950s. As the population of bed bugs increased, the need for prevention and extermination services became more necessary. The issue with spotting bed bugs is they are extremely small and are rarely noticed or seen by the naked eye. Unless you are specifically looking for them, you typically won’t see them.
What Is The Size Of A Bed Bug?
Although bed bugs are very small and often go unnoticed, it is possible to spot them if you know what to look for. On average an adult bed bug is around the size of an apple seed, which is about ¼ “ or 6 mm. They are oval-shaped and have an elongated body but they can
flatten themselves to little more than a few sheets of paper thick, which makes them really good at hiding in small cracks and crevices. Bed bug eggs are so small you will struggle to see them, they are the size of a pinhead. It is also important to know that young bed bugs are not visible to the naked eye, they are usually very small and translucent whitish-yellow color.
Bed bug size is one of the species' greatest weapons because it can creep around undetected, traveling through cracks and crevices going from room to room. In the hotel sector, this causes a major problem because if you find an individual bed bug in a particular room, it is highly likely that more have already traveled to the rooms surrounding it. Interestingly bed bugs cannot jump or fly, they simply crawl at a similar pace to an ant. It is a bed bug's ability to find those dark, warm areas to hide and multiply that makes them most threatening. The bed bug size is a massive factor that makes them so hard to detect. The other issue is if you do find a small bug in one of your rooms, how do you recognize if it is a bed bug?
How To Recognize A Bed Bug
Bed bugs are similar looking to many other common bugs that you can find around your property, so it is important to know how to differentiate them. There are a few specifics that are unique to bed bugs and knowing them could be the difference in stopping a bed bug outbreak on your property.
Although a bed bug's appearance can vary depending on its age and how recently they’ve fed, there are a few specific common characteristics. Bed bugs are a reddish-brown color, have a musty smell and although they don’t fly, they do have wings. Knowing these characteristics can assist you in detecting bed bugs within your property.
Solution To Preventing A Bed Bug Outbreak
As we have discussed, bed bug size makes them hard to detect, being so small and looking so similar to many other bugs makes detecting them a very tough task. Without assistance, it is hard to know if you have a bed bug problem, especially in the accommodation industry. At Spotta, we host the largest bed bug farm in the world and our team includes some of the world’s leading experts in detecting bed bugs. We’ve spent a lot of time studying, researching, and understanding bed bugs. We know what attracts bed bugs and have figured out an innovative way to detect them at the earliest possible point.
Technology is continually improving and IoT technology is at the forefront of many solutions, at Spotta we created a smart system that can detect bed bugs instantly. We created our Bed Pod, which is a smart, discreet network of intelligent pods that continuously monitors for pests. Our Pods enable you to solve the problem before it spreads.
The Bed Pod has a researched combination of pheromones that attracts the bed bugs into the Pod. Once the bug is in the Pod, the recognition software detects if it is a bed bug and sends a message to let you know that a bed bug has been detected. This early detection allows you to deal with the problem instantly and stop a potential bed bug infestation from ever happening. If you would like to learn more about our Bed Pod solution, please visit our website.