Most people have heard the rhyme; “Good night. Sleep tight. Do not let the bed bugs bite.” However, it is often said without realizing the extreme seriousness in getting rid of this horrible pest. Many individuals have heard about them without ever encountering a bed bug and would not even recognize a bed bug should they encounter them. Also without information on how to get rid of this pest could face a lifetime of problems.
Bed Bugs Facts:
– Reddish brown, 6 legs and ¼-inch in length and after feeding they are mahogany-colored
– Newly hatched bugs are less than a 16th of an inch
– A newly hatched egg becomes an adult in just over a month
– Female bugs produce around 550 bugs in a lifetime
– Most egg and growth occurs at around 80 degrees Fahrenheit
– The only feeding they do is on blood
– They feed on humans while sitting quietly or sleeping
– Their poop is small blood spots
– They sleep in crevices and cracks when not feeding
– Insecticides used for flies and roaches will not kill bed bugs
– They can survive in cold as well as sustained heat as they learn to adjust
– Grown bed bugs can live more that twelve months without feeding
– They can be found in places which are extremely clean, clutter just makes it a struggle to find or kill
– They scurry as fast as ants and cannot jump or fly
– Bed bugs only come out in search of meal other times they stay in hiding
Bed Bug Bites:
– Some bites appear and feel like flea and mosquito bites. Some people will not itch while others do and bites can appear within hours and sometimes even up to two weeks after the bite occurred.
– Feeding usually occurs during humans sleeping, but when hungry they will feed in daylight.
– It is unlike mosquito bites and does not sting as they use saliva, which numb the skin and make drinking easier for them. It is the saliva that people get a reaction to and get itchy rashes and bumps.
– A single feed on one spot might only give them one or two drops of blood, but takes around five minutes for them to achieve.
– They can survive of mice and rats if they cannot find humans, so it is important to keep those pests under control as well.
– Presence of carbon dioxide and warmth attracts them
– Usual feeding time is an hour before dawn, but if the opportunity arises, they feed anytime.
– They do not only live in homes and beds alone, but also cushioned seats and chairs, carpets, crevices, cranks and more
How do you rid your home of bed bugs?
There are insecticides which work on bedbugs, however in order to make it safe for humans, the insecticides break down fast. The problem is that it does not remain to kill the eggs, which was not killed, and bed bugs will re appear. All insecticides should be left to professionals however as some products would simply drive the bed bugs from one room to another.
The best method in getting rid of bed bugs and the safest is fumigation by professionals. Apart from bed bug elimination and protection from further infestation, it is the cheapest as you will spend hundreds of dollars and still have the same problem. Many products on the market might kill various insect, except it might not be recommended for use on mattresses and would not kill a deeply nestled bed bug either. Professionals know everything required in leaving you and your family safe, for example:
– They have training and certification in dealing with pests and fumigation methods used for specific situations and environments.
– They have the required knowledge about where bed bugs live, the life cycles, feeding patterns and how to spot traces of them
– They are familiar with dangers involving your living environment where chemicals are used and you will not be exposed to discomfort.
– They can advise you on further steps to prevent any future infestations and how they could have travelled to your home as well
· They would also be able to inform you if any other unknown pests are hiding in your home which might require a different form of chemical and eradicate all possible threat from homes and lives.