Bed Bug

Bed Bug

Bed Bug Special January and February 2015

 

Includes:  2 rooms inspected for bed bug activity by certified inspector. Includes placement of a specialized bed bug monitor.

The common bed bug adults are just under a quarter of an inch and are relatively flat, nearly as wide as it is long(oval in shaped). Their color is brown to reddish brown. The body has short golden hairs and will elude a “sickening sweet” smell from glands on its body.

There are many types of bed bugs and related insects. This insect has a famous history as a bloodsucker and is named due to its tendency to feed on an occupants bed at night. It is commonly referenced to in a night time phrase “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite”. The bed bug primarily feeds on humans but can feed on an assortment of warm blooded animals such as birds, mice and pets.

Though they are considered a nuisance rather than a threat because they don’t generally carry human disease, nocturnal, these pests need blood to survive and are attracted to human warmth. As they bite human flesh they inject an anesthetic like substance that numbs the skin and leaves the sleeper unaware. That is until the morning when red circular itchy welts appear.

Female bedbugs can lay over 500 eggs over a lifetime and each bed bug will molt or shed its shell five times as it grows and consumes the needed blood. As the blood becomes scarce, bed bugs can slow their life process until a blood source is found. Bed bugs are very small which enables them to hide in small cracks, crevices, peeling wallpaper, and furniture. Bed bugs will travel distances at night for a blood meal which is why infestations will occur in beds as often as they do.

So, washing bed linens or other infested areas might not eliminate the source. Bed bugs are also excellent at relocating by hitching rides in luggage, boxes, shoes and any other mobile materials. Having an infestation of bed bugs is not merely because of unsanitary living conditions, it also could be the trend brought on by the increased domestic and international traveling.

As suggested by the National Pest Management Association “the first step of control is to have a professional thoroughly inspect the area.”