· Bed bugs are most active between 5 and 6 a.m.
· Bed bugs can also quickly spread to different rooms and even vehicles as they hitch a ride on a human host, clothing, or bedding.
· Adult bed bugs are light brown to reddish-brown, flattened, oval-shaped and have no hind wings.
· Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance.
· Adults grow to 4–5 mm in length (just over 3/16 inch) and 1.5–3 mm wide.
· Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they molt and reach maturity.
· A bed bug of any age that has just consumed a blood meal will appear to have a bright red translucent abdomen; this color will fade to brown over the next several hours and within two days will become opaque and black as the insect digests its meal.
· Bed bugs may be mistaken for other insects, such as booklice, small cockroaches, or carpet beetles, however when warm and active, their movements are more ant-like, and they emit a characteristically disagreeable odor when crushed.
Aprehend® is composed of Beauveria bassiana fungal spores applied in a proprietary and patented formulation.
Aprehend® is sprayed strategically in narrow bands where bed bugs are known to walk.
Direct spray contact is not necessary. Bed bugs of all life stages, sex, or feeding status are killed within four to ten days following short-term contact with a treated surface.
The fungal spores germinate within 20 hours of contact and then penetrate the cuticle of the bed bug and colonize inside, resulting in death.