Bed Bugs – Strange Bedfellows

Interesting bed bugs have been pests throughout history. If you were to examine literature from the middle ages, you would find references to these creatures feeding on birds and bats. Prior to the second World War, with the lack of cleanliness and proper hygiene, bed bugs thrived. Subsequent to the War, with new technology introducing a number of pesticides, they became nearly extinct. Since the introduction of less harmful pesticides in the last 20 to 30 years, we are seeing a significant increase with bed bug problems.

Adult Bed Bugs

Don’t mistake the adult bed bug, which are approximately ¼ inch in length, as ticks or cockroaches. A closer examination will reveal that they have flat and hard bodies. While they don’t have the ability to fly, they can move rather quickly on hard surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings. The reason that treatment for these pests is so important is because the female can lay as many as 500 eggs during their lifetime and will look for secluded places to do so. It doesn’t take long for baby bed bugs, or nymphs as they are known, to fully mature. Research has found that than can fully develop in as little a month.

Bugs That Bite

The famous saying: “Don’t let the bed bugs bite” is a warning to those that are going to sleep. Why? Because this is exactly when they do what they do best; when people are sleeping. In fact, if you have ever been bitten, you may not have realized it, until you noticed the red welts and/or swelling of the skin in the bite area. If you travel frequently, you should be most concerned about this problem. This is when you are most vulnerable. If the facility that we are staying at does not regularly wash the linens and institute a program for the treatment of these little critters, you may find yourself sleeping with the enemy. Keep in mind that these bugs don’t pose a serious threat when it comes to spreading disease. There really is only a slight chance that they carry any sort of harmful virus to humans. However, this being said, if you are attacked by these menaces, you can prevent complications by applying an antibiotic cream or antiseptic to the infected are of the body. Avoid scratching the bitten area as the result is much like mosquito bites in that it can make the infection worse.

Hire a Professional Killer

The fact that bed bugs have been around for some time now would indicate that, while they are not immune to means of exterminating them, it is wise to leave it to the professionals to rub them out. Thus, look for a pest control service in your area and hire them to do the dirty work. Their knowledge and expertise in the pest control industry has taught them where to find these bugs and what is best to exterminate them. Make it easier on the pest control technician by giving him an uncluttered work area. No doubt he will have to check different areas of your home or home building, as bed bugs have the ability to scatter to different areas.

Do I Have to Dispose of My Bed?

Ask this question of your pest control service company. Beds that are in poor condition will normally have to be gotten rid of. These bugs love bedding that has holes or tears in it since this gives them a perfect place to lay their eggs. Beds are not the only vulnerable areas that bed bugs seek out. Sleeping bags, water beds or even stacks of cardboard on the floor are susceptible to infestation. Water beds provide the nooks and crannies and the right temperature for these bugs. In spite of the assorted means for doing away with bed bugs, they are not going anywhere soon. In order to heed the warning, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” give attention to your surroundings and put sufficient emphasis on good hygiene, cleanliness and maintain your bedding to avoid giving bed bugs a good home. For more info or advice goes to GC PEST CONTROL.