Adult bed bugs are about 1/8-inch long and reddish-brown, with flattened, oval shaped bodies that allow them to live in small cracks and crevices. Bed bugs do not fly, but can walk rapidly over floors, walls, ceilings and other surfaces. Females lay tiny white eggs that are hard to see without magnification. Newly hatched bed bugs are no bigger than a pinhead. As they grow, they molt (shed their skin) five times before reaching maturity. A blood meal is needed between each molt. Bed bugs can complete development from egg to adult in as little as one month. Adult bed bugs can survive up to a year and a half without feeding. Although bed bugs prefer feeding on humans, they will feed on other warm blooded animals, including pets. Bed bugs can be transported in travelers luggage and clothing. Buying used mattresses, box springs, furniture and other second hand items is a common way bed bugs are brought into previously non-infested buildings. Bed bugs are nocturnal, active mainly at night.
On the hunt for food, a single ant can lead the way for the entire colony to invade your home. The best way to control the problem is to find the nest and remove the queen.
Cockroaches can spread germs, make allergies worse and multiply at a record-breaking speed.
Because rodents multiply so quickly, just a few can lead to an out-of-control infestation before you know it.
Wasps and Bees
Wasps can be distinguished from bees by their smooth, rather than hairy, bodies. Very protective of their nests, the will defend against invaders with painful stings. The common bee sting, while harmless to most people, can be very painful.