Bed Bug Information
Recently, there has been a dramatic resurgence of bed bugs worldwide. An increase in international travel, a lack of public awareness, and a growing resistance to pesticides have all contributed to an alarming rise in bed bugs. They can be found almost anywhere, from upscale homes to homeless shelters and many public buildings, including hotels, shopping centres, and schools.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bedbugs are tiny, flat, wingless insects that feed off the blood of animals and humans. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown and can grow as long as 10mm. Young bed bugs (also called nymphs), on the other hand, are translucent or have a yellowish colour and are much smaller—usually 1.5 mm long.
- Bed Bug Fact:
- A female bed bug can lay more than 500 eggs during her lifetime. The eggs are white, measuring roughly one millimetre in length, and are found in cracks, crevices, and other hidden areas. They will typically hatch anywhere between 6 to 17 days.
How Bed Bugs Feed and Live?
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, preferring to feast on you at night, while you are sleeping. Once they’ve gorged themselves, they scurry back to whatever hiding places they came from, waiting for their next meal.
As opportunistic as these insects are, they are equally patient when it comes to feeding time. Believe it or not, adult bed bugs can go an entire year without eating—and even longer for older bed bugs.
Bed bugs are elusive parasites, using the cover of the darkness to hide. Plus, their small, flattened bodies make it easy for them to go undetected in the folds of luggage, purses, bags, and clothes. They also like to hide behind wallpaper and inside bedding, box springs, furniture, and even electronics.
Bed Bug Detection
Bite marks are usually your first clear indication of a bed bug problem. But by the time you begin to notice the bites, you may already have a full-blown bed bug infestation on your hands. Other common signs of a beg bug infestation include tiny blood and fecal stains, shed bed bug skins, and eggs.
This blog post, Bed Bug Detection, is particularly helpful if you are wondering whether you are having a bed bug issue or not.
Here are some questions to consider and have ready before having a professional come out and perform a bed bug inspection in your home or office.
- How many bites did you have when you first discovered them? (1-5, 5-10, 10+)
- Where on the body did the bites first show up? (neck/shoulder area/arms, mid-torso, legs & feet)
- How long have the bites been going happening for?
- Have you recently come back from travelling or had anyone travelling staying with you?
- Have you recently brought home any used furniture?
- Have you found any bugs of any sort on/around the bed?
- Do you have a cat or a dog?
- Have you recently changed soaps (laundry, hand) or medications?
Each answer specifically can help a professional bed bug expert determine the likelihood of there being a bed bug infestation in your home and make a decision whether to you for a bed bug inspection to confirm.
Bed Bug Inspections Types
Post Bed Bug Inspection
After the inspection is complete, the bed bug expert should provide you with a written or electronic report with their findings, regardless of whether they found bed bugs or not. Property managers may require this for their building maintenance files, so be sure you receive it. The technician may actually show you evidence they find during the inspection to help educate you as well.
If you’re worst fears are confirmed, and you have bed bugs, ask to be shown the evidence (if you can stomach it). The cost of a bed bug treatment, in addition to the inspection cost, can add up (depending on the service), so be sure they found something! Not only is it against the law for a pest control company to treat for a pest problem without evidence, but it is also unethical.
Bed Bug Treatment Services
Once you are satisfied that you need to have a bed bug treatment performed, the next stage begins. Here at Solutions Pest Control, we have a couple of bed bug treatment available:
Solutions Pest Control – Key Takeaways
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Our knowledgeable pest detectives are ready to answer your questions (during office hours). We are happy to talk to people and walk them through the steps to identify the pest issue and determine if a service call will give them peace of mind.
We will spend the extra time needed to educate you on the signs and characteristics of the most common pests.
Pest Control has as much to do with Education as it does with Eradication.
Jason Page, President of Solutions Pest Control