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Below is some information about pests that are found in the Rochester area.
Bed Bugs - Fleas - Mosquitoes
There are NO consumer bed bug insecticides labeled for use on bedding. If someone tells you there is, stay away!
A female bed bug can lay as many as 500 eggs during her lifetime.
A Bed bug can live up to 18 months without a blood meal.
Bed bugs are less than 1/4 inch in length, flat, and oval-shaped.
Bed bugs like to hide in the cracks and electical outlets in walls, behind wallpaper, base boards and picture frames,
between beds and around the creases of mattresses and in bedding materials.
Bed bug bites can be mistaken for allergic rashes.
Fleas feed on blood, and a flea can live without a blood meal for 100 days.
Fleas can transmit Tularemia and tapeworms to humans as well as pets.
A female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
A flea can jump 7-8 inches vertically and 14-16 inches horizontally.
There are four distinct stages: eggs, larvae, pupae and adult.
No spray will kill flea pupae, but a vacumn cleaner can pull them up.
From eggs to the adult stage is generally 30-60 days.
Whenever you see adult fleas crawling on your pet, it is only a symptom of a much larger problem.
Adult fleas account for only 5% of the total flea population in any given situation.
Eggs account for 50%, larvae account for about 35%, and the remaining 10% are the pupal cocoons.
Mosquitoes go through a complete metamorphosis: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults.
In many species the female needs to obtain nutrients from a "blood meal" before she can produce eggs.