Bed Bugs Control

Bed bugs have become a common problem across the country. They have been found in homes, hotels, college campuses, businesses, and other places. Many people associate bed bugs with unsanitary conditions, as often is the case with pests such as cockroaches. However, bed bug infestations can occur to anyone regardless of their income. Bed Bugs Elimination is one of our specialties!

Why are bed bugs becoming a bigger problem? Some experts attribute the increased problem to a number of causes such increased travel & tourism, changes in the methods we use to control other pests such as cockroaches, and an increasing resistance by bed bugs to the most commonly used insecticides.

Bed bug adults are reddish-brown, oval, flattened insects about three sixteenth of an inch long and up an eighth of an inch wide. Engorged (blood-fed) adults are swollen and dull red. The nymphs (babies) resemble the adult but are smaller in size. Newly hatched nymphs are almost colorless whereas engorged (blood-fed) nymphs are reddish and swollen. Bed bug eggs are white and oval and about 1 mm long.

Life Cycle and Habits:
Although humans are the preferred host, bed bugs feed on many warm-blooded animals including rats, mice, dogs, cats, poultry and other birds. Bats, swallows and chimney swifts may serve as hosts and may be responsible for causing infestations in or around buildings but they are more typically fed upon by other species in those situations.

There has been no scientifically based evidence showing that bed bugs transmit diseases. Our major concern is more about the effect of their feeding. Bed bugs do not bore into the skin. They insert their mouthparts into the host's skin and suck out blood. As bed bugs feed, they inject saliva that may produce an allergic reaction that often causes slightly delayed swelling, itching, and irritation that can persist for a week or more.

Large infestations of bed bugs may have a noticeable "sweet" odor. Bed bugs can feed and breed year round when they have favorable conditions. They typically hide during the day in mattresses or cracks and crevices. The picture below shows a bed bug and fecal stains in a mattress seam. Under favorable conditions, each female lays 200 to 500 eggs. When the insects feed regularly, eggs are laid in batches of 10 to 50 at 3 to 15-day intervals.

The maximum lying of eggs occurs when the temperature is above 70°F (21°C). Eggs are typically not deposited when temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C). The eggs are coated with a sticky substance that dries after the egg is deposited and causes them to adhere to the object on which they were deposited. Eggs and the eggshells are found, singly or in clusters, in or near the crevices bed bugs are hiding. At temperatures above 21°C (70°F), eggs hatch in about 10 days. Newly hatched bugs feed at the first opportunity.

They molt five times before reaching maturity and require at least one blood meal between each molt. Immature stages can survive more than two months without feeding; however, most nymphs usually develop into adults within 2 to 6 weeks. Indoors, three or four annual generations may be produced and you will find all stages of bed bugs in established infestations.

Bed bug adults can survive up to a year or more without feeding, which means that infestations may continue to survive even if a house was left vacant for several months.

Bed bugs cannot fly or jump and do not normally crawl long distances. Their primary means of dispersal is through human activity, i.e., people move them from one place to another in luggage, laundry, etc.

How do I know if I have bed bugs? Look for signs of an infestation that may include:

- Itchy skin welts on your body
- Small blood smears on bedding from crushed insects
- Tiny dark spots on your sheets, mattress or box spring which are their fecal droppings
- Dried remains of shed bed bug skins

Be aware that other insects, such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, can leave bites that look like bed bug bites. Bites alone cannot prove you have a bed bug infestation.

Important note: The only way to be sure you have a bed bug infestation is to find and positively identify a live bed bug.

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