Are bed bugs keeping you up at night?
Do you remember the bedtime nursery rhyme: “Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t let the bed bugs bite!”? Do you ever wonder where that came from? Well, we’re the curious kind so we did a little digging and found some interesting stuff to share with you today. First, this is just one variation of that nursery rhyme:
Well we certainly know what bed bugs are, but do you? If you’re not familiar and don’t have all the details, you’re definitely in the right place today! Every now and then we’ll get a call about a bed bug infestation and it’s never pretty! I believe that if more people had the knowledge and information about bed bugs, how they pick ’em up, what the signs are and how to treat them… maybe they wouldn’t wait so long to call. Bed bugs are like any other pest you can come across – the longer you have them, the more time they have to reproduce and that only increases the treatments level of difficulty.
Bed bugs bite and suck blood from humans. Bed bugs are most active at night and bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping. The face, neck, hands, and arms are common sites for bed bug bites. The bite itself is painless and is not noticed. Small, flat, or raised bumps on the skin are the most common sign; redness, swelling, and itching commonly occur. If scratched, the bite areas can become infected. A peculiarity of bed bug bites is the tendency to find several bites lined up in a row. Infectious-disease specialists refer to this as the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” sign, signifying the sequential feeding that occurs from site to site.
Basically if you or your family: babies, children, elderly have bites or what looks like a rash on your skin – you need to check for bed bugs! Infestations of Bed Bugs are up 5000 percent as are the number of reported attacks! The nightmare begins when a Bed Bug finds its way into your clothing; it usually happens at a hotel but can start anywhere.
Hospitals, businesses, homes, buses, apartments and hotels are just a few places where bed bugs are being reported. It is said that bed bugs don’t transmit disease from feeding on your blood; however, an engorged bedbug can burst at the slightest bit of pressure exposing you to human blood. If that blood is infected, then you run a risk of infection as well.
Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with poor hygiene! It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc) and infest your residence. What’s worse is that they can live up to one year without drinking a drop of your blood. Feeding takes about 10 to 15 minutes for adults and less for the nymphs; they feed about every three days. Depending on the conditions, bed bug nymphs can survive for months without feeding.
The eggs are white and about 1mm long. The nymphs look like adults but are smaller. Complete development from egg to adult takes from four weeks to several months depending on the temperature and amount of feed available. Bedbugs have been known by a variety of names including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche, and redcoat.
Bed Bugs Quick Facts:
- Bed Bugs are flat, brown, wingless and about 1/4 of an inch
- They have 6 legs, 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
If you suspect you have an infestation, you should contact us or a licensed exterminator. You can try to do it yourself , but your odds are a lot better letting a licensed professional handle it. We’ve been exterminating bed bugs for years and we know exactly what works and what doesn’t. We tested, tried and researched it all and our methods are the safest, quickest and best way to get your home bed bug free at a price you can actually afford!
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 bag found in the hotel.
- Most important, don’t bring home a mattress that has been used by unknown sources.
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