Bed Bug Control
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What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are parasites that feed on the blood of warm blooded animals. Adult Bed bugs are reddish-brown with oval shaped flattened bodies. They are approximately 4-5 mm long and can easily be seen by the naked eye. The nymphs, or newly hatched bed bugs, are lighter in color, often translucent, and are about the size of a pin head, making them hard to see without the aid of a microscope.
Bed bug infestations are on the rise. Sanitation and cleanliness of an environment does not directly prevent bed bugs. Any hotel (even 5 star rated), condominium, apartment house, dorm room, etc. is susceptible to a bed bug infestation. Even the most expensive, luxurious homes are not immune. Bed bugs live in homes of people both rich and poor, and both neat and messy. There is no shame in having bed bugs – they are an epidemic. Bed bugs have been found in movie theaters, ambulances, hospitals, doctors’ offices, buses, trains and airplanes. Just a few bed bugs can create a colony of thousands within weeks.
How are Bed Bugs spread?
Bed bugs hitchhike great distances by climbing into coats, shoes, pants pockets, cuffs, or in boxes, furniture, and luggage. They are coming into people’s homes in used furniture, beds, and clothing. Most susceptible is furniture from flea markets and second hand stores, but even purchases from individuals can have bed bugs in them. You can also find them on curtains, blinds, picture frames, wall outlets, etc. These insects hide in seams, cracks and crevices making them very hard to detect without the help of a bed bug specialist.
Who is at risk for Bed Bugs?
- Anyone who travels
- Families of kids in boarding school/college/military
- People living in multi-unit dwellings (condos, townhouses, apartments, college dorms)
- People who buy used furniture and other household items from flea markets or other second hand stores
- People who frequently have numerous overnight guests/visitors
What are signs to look for to confirm a Bed Bug infestation?
- Tiny, black-speckled droppings on mattresses, headboards, bedside tables, couches, chairs, etc.
- Molted skins
- Eggs – these are difficult to see unless you have a moderate to severe infestation
- Adult bed bugs
- Bites and blotchy rashes on people
What do Bed Bug bites look like?
Bed bugs may leave itchy and sometimes painful red bumps, welts, or rash-like wounds on the skin. Reactions to bites vary from person to person depending upon how allergic a given individual is to the bed bug saliva injected at the time of feeding. Approximately 30% of people do not react to bites at all. It can take up to 5 days for the appearance, itch and irritation associated with bed bug bites to occur.
Bed Bug Treatment and Prevention
True success in treating an infestation of bed bugs involves specific steps. When calling a pest management company, beware of anyone who quotes you a price for service without first seeing your location. A thorough inspection is needed before a quote can be given. Also note that a pest control treatment for normal household pests will not eliminate an infestation of bed bugs. A bed bug treatment is much more thorough than a normal pest control treatment. A bed bug treatment should literally reach every crack and crevice in a room.
Beware of anyone who only sells a single treatment for your bed bug problem. A single treatment may not eliminate all the eggs which are only the size of a speck of dust. The eggs hatch 6-10 days after they are laid by the female, so at least two treatments are required. Each treatment should be two to three weeks apart to be sure all bed bugs and nymphs are eliminated.
Do not let a pest control company treat your mattress with chemicals. When used, chemicals should be carefully applied in areas away from human or pet encounters. And don't let anyone apply inappropriate bed bug chemicals in your home – chemicals not labeled for bed bug treatments.