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Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small, elusive, parasitic insects of the family Cimicidae. The term usually refers to species that feed preferentially on human blood; all insects in this family live by feeding exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Which could even include your pets.

Do you have bed bugs?

Become more knowledgeable of what to look for, especially as you vacation. Doing a room inspection before you unpack is a great idea. I do it every time we stay somewhere.

 

 

Why are bed bugs popping up everywhere again?

Bed bugs have become more of a problem in recent years due to less spraying and more baiting, as a whole, throughout the pest control industry.

 

 

Here are the facts about Bed Bugs:

  • Bed Bugs are flat, brown, wingless and about 1/4 of an inch.
  • They have 6 legs, are shiny reddish-brown but after a good serving of your blood, they appear dark brown and swollen as in the picture below.
  • They can be seen with the human eye but do a great job at hiding.
  • Bed bugs are not known to carry diseases as of yet.
  • They feed on human blood preferring to do it in the dark when you’re sleeping.
  • Simply using chemical treatments will not remove the infestation.
  • These bugs love to hide in the seams of your mattress including:
    • Sofa seams
    • Cracks in the bad frame and or head board
    • Under chairs, couched, beds and dust covers
    • Under rugs, edges of carpets, drawers, baseboards and window casings
    • Behind light switches, electrical outlet plates, cracks in plaster
    • Televisions, radio clocks and phones
    • Backpacks, sleeping bags, cloths
    • Behind wallpaper, picture frames and other dark areas

Quick tips to help remove bed bugs

The best way to deal with bed bugs is to know what to look for so that you can address with the problem quickly. Remember, a nymph can live for two months without feeding and an adult can survive more than 12 months!

Do not apply any pesticide to mattresses or surfaces that would come in contact with the skin unless the pesticide specifically states that the product can be used in this manner.

Wash all your linens and place them in a hot dryer for 30 minutes (or you can freeze them at -5 C or below for five days).

You can vacuum to capture bed bugs and their eggs, but because the eggs are embedded to the fabric, you may have to scrape the surface. Once you have vacuumed everything, immediately place the vacuum bag into a plastic bad, seal it tight and dispose (outside).

Seal items mentioned above to prevent the bugs from hiding. You can place glue boards or sticky tape around your bed and in the room to catch the bed bugs as the move around; this gives you a way to monitor the effectiveness of your efforts.

A few ways to prevent bed bugs from getting into your home include:

  • Hang clothing in the closet farthest from the bed
  • Place luggage on the folding rack found in most hotels
  • Place luggage in the dry cleaning bags found in the hotel.
  • Most important, don’t bring home a mattress that has been used by unknown sources.