Bed bugs are a real curse. The number of recorded cases has been rising dramatically everywhere in Quebec, and experts concede that they have lost control of the situation.

Unlike dust mites, bed bugs are visible to the naked eye. Oval-shaped, they are either brown or reddish. They move relatively quickly, but cannot fly nor jump.

They are also very resitant. Although they rare live more than a few months, they can enter a state of dormancy which allows them to live for more than a year without feeding.

Bed bug eggs, of a whiteish color, are small: about the size of a pinhead. The female usually lays multiple eggs that come to form a cluster, which hatch after about two eggs.

Sources: Gouvernement du Québec et CDC

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