Sleep tight, don’t let the Bed Bugs …
For millennia humans have battled the notorious blood sucker known as the Bed Bug. Although, there was a lull in Bed Bug activity for quite a few years in America, this nightmare-wreaking, nighttime-crawler is back on the scene, with a vengeance and people are freaking out!
It is believed that the Bed Bug originated in the Middle East, in caves where people, and bats, lived. It got it’s name from Ancient Rome, the Cimex, which means Bug. So, probably pretty poplar back then if you just call it Bug. Right?! Scientists actually believe that Bed Bugs have been around since Creation.
During the 1800’s in the United States, the Bed Bug was pretty popular. They didn’t discriminate, they were found among the poor and the rich from coast to coast. By the turn of the 20th century, most all Americans had been bitten by Bed Bugs at least once. Nearly 1/3 of most cities across the country were infested and practically all of the homes in the lower income areas were infested.
In the 50’s, DDT was introduced as a chemical that would eliminate Cockroaches and was found to be extremely helpful in reducing Bed Bug populations because treatment was performed on and around beds. In 1972 however, DDT was banned for use and since then Bed Bug infestations have been on the rise. Couple that with increased International travel, and we’ve got a recipe that can quickly grow to epidemic proportions.
Bed bugs are roughly the size of an Apple seed, generally up to 4 to 5 mm long (less than 1/4″)
They are flat, oval shaped insects that are reddish-brown in color. Bed Bugs only feed on blood. So, obviously, they’re going to be found in locations where humans rest, or sleep.
Bed Bugs are mostly found in cracks and crevices, so mattress seams, sheets, living room furniture, electrical outlets, behind baseboards and picture frames are all great nesting spots for them.
Widely found in hotels across the globe, most residential infestations occur by hitchhiking in luggage and then brought home. Not the gifts you want to bring home to your spouse and kids!
So why are Bed Bugs such a big problem?
Well, for starters, a Female Bed Bug can deposit up to 5 eggs per day – up to 500 in her year-long lifetime! Some quick math, and you can see where a breeding pair can multiply into the hundreds of thousands in just a few short months. That’s an issue!
Another problem is Bed Bugs feed exclusively on blood meals to survive and multiply. Each affected individual will have different responses to the bites from no reaction to itching and some swelling to oozy nasty welts. Gross!
Although, scientists have yet to pin any disease transfer on Bed Bugs, they continue to research so we may find there are more serious problems than just some itchy welts in the future.
How do I know if I have Bed Bugs?
A quick inspection of your mattress will give you a good idea if you have Bed Bugs or not. Infested mattresses, mattress cover, comforters, and even cushioned furniture may show Bed Bug fecal smears, which are the dried excrement of Bed Bugs. Which, unfortunately is your blood!
As they grow in size, Bed Bug nymphs molt or shed their skins during their development. A good inspection will often reveal these around infested materials.
In addition, you may see live Bed Bugs themselves. They are often visible if the source is examined closely enough. The seams of mattresses and mattress covers, especially on the underside, make great bed bug hiding places.
What do I do if I see any of those things?
Although there are many DIY (Do-It-Yourself) pest products and procedures available, eliminating Bed Bugs is not going to be one of them. There are things that you can do to help keep Bed Bugs from infesting your home, or at least identify them quickly. But the treatment, eradication or elimination of Bed Bugs will require the help of a Pest Control Professional, like us.
Here are some tips to keep them out of your home, or at least catch them before they become a huge problem:
•Remove all clutter from your home, which makes finding them a whole lot easier
•Wash and dry your bed linens on the hottest temperature allowed
•Closely inspect any used furniture before bringing it home
•Inspect carefully after returning home from traveling or having overnight guests
The quicker you find out that you have Bed Bugs, the easier it will be for us to get rid of them for you.
Lastly, as I mentioned in the history of Bed Bugs, they do not discriminate. Bed Bugs can be found in anyone’s home across America, rich or poor, yours or mine. So, please don’t take it personally.
Getting Bed Bugs is nothing to be embarrassed about, we’re all candidates because we have blood in our bodies and we sleep.
If you’re concerned, or have more questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 731-285-4982 or click here if it’s easier: http://okeena.com