Listen below to the first of the interviews with Wade Environmental and a selection of special guests discussing the questions that people genuinely are asking about Pest Management.
Firstly, I think we need to have the briefest of crash courses in bedbug biology in order to fully appreciate this elusive pest.
As nymphs they are incredibly small, usually no bigger than the head of a pin. They are a translucent off-white colour but as they grow will develop a mahogany sheen to their carapace until they are adult and measuring at the size of roughly half a shelled pea.
All stages of the bedbug lifecycle are hematophagic, meaning they need to consume blood to survive. Finally, if being small, translucent and blood drinking wasn’t nearly enough to make you decidedly unlovable they procreate through a process known as traumatic insemination, which is as you may be starting to realise, is just as fun for the female bedbug as it sounds. They are, from beginning to end terrible little beasties, and they are getting EVERYWHERE.