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BED BUG FACTS

Bed bugs are a pest that is experiencing exponential growth. They are not related to sanitation or cleanliness issues and they do not discriminate in their host or their environment.  All walks of life are vulnerable to this pest.

Bed Bug Harborage in Furniture Joint/Side TaThey can easily be transfered from: 

  • an infested hotel room
  • an adjacent suitcase in airplane cargo
  • traveling for business or pleasure
  • sitting in a coffee shop
  • moving in a rental truck
  • trying on clothes in a retail store
  • a movie theater

They are very difficult to eradicate if not caught early.  They will NOT go away on their own, cannot be tolerated like mosquitoes and they are definitely not a “do-it-yourself” pest. 

What Are Bed Bugs?

The bed bug is a small wing-less insect, flat, and rust colored (color of old blood stain).  Visually, they appear to be a cross between a tick and a cockroach.  Generally, they don’t remain on humans like lice or ticks but humans are their favorite food. They are fast runners, but don’t fly and rarely jump.  When they are migrating on a moving object they fasten down in a protective crease until the movement has stopped – so they make great hitchhikers.

Feeding:

Bed bugs are nocturnal and prefer to feed at night, but are opportunistic and will take advantage if a good meal is available.  They are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat and like to live near their feeding source.

Reproduction of the bed bug is exponential

One female, living in average feeding conditions can build a family of 800+ bugs in 90 days!  They experience three stages of life: adult, nymph (instar) and egg.  Nymphs feed at birth and begin laying their own eggs after about 25 days. The bed bug molts after each feeding, so they have the ability to shed pesticide covered skin.

Pesticides are Ineffective in Killing Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have come back from almost complete eradication in the United States.  Today they are developing immunity to the available pesticides and developing a strategic technique for avoiding chemical eradication.  They know how to avoid pesticides and can hibernate for up to 16 months to avoid them.

Bed Bug Bites:

 When a bed bug feeds they inject an anti-coagulant and anesthetic into their host so they go unnoticed as they eat.  Some people are not affected by the bites, others can have mild to severe allergic reactions.  The more a person gets bit, the more quickly the bite will appear and the body will react to the injected solutions.  Bites can show up immediately or be delayed by 3-4 days. Permanent scarring can occur from the bites, but often the emotional trauma of the experience can stay with a person for a lifetime.  Skin irritation from bites can often last for up to 2 weeks and may leave the individual exhausted.

While bed bugs have been reported to CARRY disease, they have not shown to TRANSMIT disease.  However, the following are expected health concerns with bed bug bites: 

  • Itching & allergic reactions
  • Secondary infections and physical scarring from the bites
  • Weakened immune system & anemia
  • Stress & sleeplessness
  • Emotional trauma & mental scarring

Bed Bug Infestations:

Infestations tend to be found in high population density areas where there is high resident turnover.  An older building with more cracks and crevices gives ample hiding places and migration paths.  Bed Bugs can live anywhere. When searching for them don't miss your baseboards, electrical outlets, pipe casings, alarm clock, and storage units.  Here are a few real life examples:

Bed Bug Control - Back of HeadboardBed Bug Control - Mattress Seam

 

Bed Bug Control - One Found In Desk Chair

Bed Bug Control - Harborage in Recessed Screw Hole


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Bed Bug Extermination - Pesticide forced bed bug into top of curtain