Itchy Insect That Bites When You Sleep
Bed bugs are tiny, nocturnal insects that have no wings and belong to the insect family of Cimicidae. They feed on our blood and blood of other warm-blood animals. They have an oval shaped body and can be as long as 5 mm once they reach their adult stage. Bed bugs have a rusty brown body colour which can sometimes be a dark reddish brown.
They are often called as red coats, chinches and sometimes mahogany flats. They are dorsoventrally flat and very thin which gives them the ability to hide in hard to reach places such as floor cracks, behind furniture, under carpets and beds. This makes them very difficult to detect. Not only that, but bed bugs prefer to stay in groups and have a distinctive unpleasant smell. Fecal residue on your mattresses and bed linen are a strong sign of bed bugs presence. bed bug bites are very itchy and can often lead to serious allergic reactions in some people. They have been here since the beginning of time and are present in all parts of the world.
While there are many different species of bed bugs, the most common one, the Cimex lectularius is highly adaptable to human environment. They are able to travel great distances with ease as people who travel can carry them in their luggage and clothing. Though they are most often found in bed and bed linen, they can also reside in small cracks in furniture and comforters.
Bed bugs prefer warmer temperatures but can survive up to a year without a meal in cold temperatures. They are most active during the night when their hosts are sleeping. During normal daylight, bed bugs typically hide in cracks such as mattresses folds and chair upholsters. They mostly prefer places near the food source. Severe infestations can happen in places that are more exposed such as wall paintings, loose wallpapers and old doors and window frames. Basically, bed bugs infestation can happen in every place that is isolated, protected and dark so most bed bug management procedures focus on these types of places.
Bed bugs are a very common pest in hotels, motels, restaurants, boats, trains and even private houses and other commercial areas. Bed bug bites can be the cause of severe irritation and in some cases even allergic reactions. Besides that, they can cause severe loss of income in commercial facilities due to the stigma of uncleanliness associated with them.
A little known fact is that bed bugs are not disease vectors but are known to carry a number of disease organisms. They have a distinctive and unpleasant body odour which is produced in their glands on their thorax. Both the adult and nymph bed bugs are pests and should be treated at the first sign of presence. While they can be found almost anywhere, including your bed, linen, furniture and walls, they are mostly found in hotels where they are easily spread around with visitors´ luggage.
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How Do You Get Infested By Bed Bugs?
You can get infested with bed bugs anywhere: in the office, in the stores, hotels, motels and gyms. They are professionals in hiding and can be easily transferred in luggage or clothes. Once they find a way inside your home, they can be very difficult to manage without calling a professional pest manager. The earlier you make a call, the better the results will be and the less money you will lose.
What Are The Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation?
- Seeing the bed bugs with your own eyes. Once in their adult stage, bed bugs are the size of an apple seed.
- Seeing their shed skins. As bed bugs grow in size, they shed their skin and seeing these is a strong proof of their presence.
- Locating their faeces. Once bed bugs finish feeding, they return in their dark place of residence and defecate black and brown stains on porous surfaces and black or brown mounds on surfaces that are not porous.
- Feeling bed bug bites. If you feel a bite like feeling, this can be a sign that you have problems with pests such as bed bugs. However, this is not the strongest sign of infestation so we advise that you start searching for other signs mentioned above.
Tips On How To Deal With Bed Bugs
- Try to remove all clutter from your apartment which will enable you to detect bed bugs more easily.
- Always use the highest allowed temperature when washing or drying your bed linens.
- Make a detailed inspection of all used furniture or carpet before taking it into your home.
- Make a detailed inspection of your apartment before any moving, trips, service calls and guests.
Bed Bugs Management And Control
Bed bugs can reproduce very quickly and considering the fact that they can survive for very long periods without any food, makes them very hard to control and manage. Bed bugs can detect CO2 and infrared radiation so they can find a host with ease. These facts, as well as those that they are very selective when it comes to choosing a host and feed while the host is not mobile, can be used as a weakness during control procedures.
Proper bed bug management and control can only be done with a constant collaboration between a client and our professional pest manager. Please contact us immediately for more information about bed bugs treatment and control. Our management strategies involve a combination of non-chemical and chemical methods. Some of these methods require your cooperation in order to ensure a best end result.
Chemical methods for bed bug management involve using residual insecticides and applying them to areas where bed bugs are located and the places they will likely visit during their movement.
Non-chemical methods for bed bug management involve:
High levels of hygiene in bed linen, curtains, beds and other furniture
Often vacuuming of all areas inside your property
For other non-chemical methods please call us and we will provide you with a detailed information and procedures on how to get rid of these pesky bugs. Bed bugs present a health hazard which has been bothering people for ages. In modern times, the number of occurrences involving bed bugs has increased, especially in hotels and motels all over the world, but they are more frequent in homes as well.
Do You Think That You Might Have A Bed Bug Problem?
If you think that you might have bed bugs in your home or your business, contact us immediately so we can start with a bed bug management. Bed bugs can reproduce and multiply very quickly, so early detection and treatment are a key for preventing the infestation from causing you even larger problems and possible costs. Bed bugs multiply fast and can quickly infest your home or business. This is why it is very important to accept that you have an issue and call a professional pest manager.
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