Bed Bugs – Frequently Asked Questions:
These all Bed Bugs Frequently Asked Questions will give you instant answers to your main concerns about bed bugs. For more in-depth information, read the accompanying our articles about bedbugs.
1. Bed Bugs:
Bed bugs are small, oval, wingless insects that wreath about 1/4 inches in length. They belong to the insect family Cimicidae, which include three species that bite people. Bed bugs have glut bodies and are reddish-brown in color. They may sometimes be mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. Bed bugs feed by sucking blood from humans or animals. They do not develop wings and therefore cannot fly.
The common bedbug (Cimex lectularious) is the species best adapted to human environments. It is found in temperate climates throughout the world and feed on blood.
Immature bed bugs, called nymphs, are 1 mm in length and get larger with each developmental stage (they shed skins like a snake, which can be one indication of infestation). Adult bed bugs are brownish, oval and somewhat flat, and are just less than 1/4” or 7 mm long — slightly smaller than a lentil.
Immature bed bugs have the same characteristics as adults, but are lighter in color, and newly hatched nymphs are translucent and very small. Young bed bugs may appear bright red after feeding. The eggs are white or light colored and very, very small (approximately 1mm). They are extremely difficult to detect without a magnifying glass or a specially trained dog.
Bed bugs are members of the Cimicidae family, in the order Hemiptera, and feed exclusively on blood. They cannot grow or reproduce without blood meals. Related species in this family feed on birds, bats and other animals. Immature bugs pass though five developmental stages on their way to maturity, and at least one blood meal is required between each stage. Under the right conditions and right temperature, between 70 and 90 degrees farenheight, bed bugs reach adulthood in six to eight weeks. It takes longer if the bugs do not have access to blood, or if the t temperature is cooler than 70 degrees.
Adults will live for nearly 12 months, and — this is a key to the problem — adult females typically deposit up to five eggs every day in a large area around a bed. The bugs live in cracks and tight enclosures on and around the bed, including the box spring, headboard, surrounding floor area and in furniture. They can be under carpets in lamps or under wallpaper — any tight hiding place in the general vicinity of the bed. They come out to feed only at night, and since their bites frequently go undetected, they can remain undiscovered for months. It is commonly thought that bed bugs can survive a year or more without blood.
Bed bug problems are everywhere. They can happen in an apartment, mansion, school, office, warehouse, or anywhere. No matter where they happen, they are a nuisance and they can cause a lot of stress than you can imagine and you don’t want have to have them around. The thought of bed bug leaves you with a feeling of itching and unpleasantness.
When you see you have bed bugs in your residence it is important to have your home literally cleaned in and out.
- Clean all clothing, linen, pillow covers, curtains, carpets, door mats.
- You might as well want to have the cracks and holes in furniture cleaned and sealed.
- Regular cleaning routines and inspection for bugs after the cleaning process.
- If you have had a completely infested mattress, ideal to get rid of it than to save the mattress, because it might be home to a couple of them. However, a pest management company can vacuum clean, heat treat your mattress and make it usable over again.
2.What about Bedbugs:
Bedbugs or bed bugs are small parasitic insects of the family Cimicidae (most commonly Cimex lectularius). Bed Bugs feed on human blood. All insects in this family live by feeding exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Bed Bugs prefers habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bedbugs, though not strictly nocturnal, are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts.
A number of health effects may occur due to bed bugs including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms. Treatment is otherwise symptomatic.
Bedbugs have been known by a variety of names including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche, and redcoat. Eventhough bed bugs have been eradicated, bedbugs have seen a resurgence since about 1995.
Recently there is an increase in the population of Bed Bugs in North American houses, hotels, motels, restaurants, airports, offices. If bed bugs are not controlled and exterminated then it may spread rapidly from one place to other place and cause significant danger in the dwelling places.
Beware – “Bed Bugs feed on Human Blood…”
3. What Are They and Where Are They?
Bed bugs have been around since the dawn of time. Mostly eradicated from developed countries in the 1940′s by the use of DDT (which has been banned for a number of years) they have been making a strong comeback in recent years.
An adult bed bug is about the size of an grain of cooked rice, (a little more than 1/8th in) they are a parasitic insect that feed on human or animal blood. For those of you who paid attention to Latin it college, Cimex lectularius is the name of the common bed bug.
Bites can cause skin rashes and in some an allergic reaction. Bed bugs prefer to do their nasty deed in the cover of darkness while the unsuspecting donor is sleeping, but can bite while your awake without you knowing it similar to the way a mosquito can.
The increase in bed bug infestation can be blamed in part on an increase in international travel, where the critters will hitchhike a Passport free ride to the US in the clothing or luggage from the unsuspecting traveler.
The risk of encountering bed bugs in hotels located in major US cities is becoming more common. Every year there are reports of an outbreak of bed bugs in cities such as New York, Miami and Las Vegas.
You can encounter bed bugs almost anywhere, but generally you should be concerned with hotels or extended stay residences, especially those that have a high percentage of international travelers. Homeless shelters are another place that infestations can occur.
4. Diseases Transmitted By Bed Bugs:
Bedbugs seem to posses all the necessary prerequisites for being capable of passing diseases from one host to another, but there have been no known cases of bed bugs passing
They are at least twenty-seven known pathogens (some estimates are as high as forty-one) that are capable of living inside a bed bug or on it’s mouthparts.
Extensive testing has been done in laboratory setting that also concludes that bed bugs are unlikely to pass disease from one person to another.
Anaphylactic reactions produced by the injection of serum and other nonspecific proteins are observed and there is the possibility that the saliva of the bedbugs may cause anaphylactic shock.
5. Do-It-Yourself Bed Bugs:
Do-It-Yourself for bed bugs is NOT advisable. There is no guarantee of elimination of bed bugs with doing it yourself.
- You could spend $50 to $100 on chemicals you buy online, and yet still have to do the professional treatment in the long run.
- Treating with chemicals that are not proven to kill bed bugs just prolongs the issue. You may cut the numbers down, but they are not completely going away. Why is this not good? Because you will be just making the treatment harder for the professionals.
- Using over the counter chemicals causes the bugs to spread to uncommon areas, example: an unused bedroom closet. They also have been proven to not work. Sometimes with infestations to that extreme, heat treatment would be your only option.
Besides, sucking blood from their victims, they leave unsightly fecal matter and shed skins in bed associated parts, cracks, crevices, voids, folded places, as well as in every imaginable
Sometimes people buy unproven pesticides, especially via the Internet and treat their mattresses and beds assuming that this action will eliminate bed bugs for good and at all.
The problem is they will develop allergic rashes from exposure to pesticide/ chemicals, which they will blame it on the bed bugs.
Again, knowing about bed bugs and their habits will minimize the risk of their spread from one area to another, which is key to a successful bed bug management/eradication.
Finally, bed bugs are resilient pests, for this reason, their management may require the employment of both non-chemical (such as heat treatment) and chemical pest management tactics, especially if all non-chemical methods prove insufficient to solve a bed bugs problems.
6. Bed Bugs: Past, Present & Future
“Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.” It is a saying that had lost its meaning because so few people in the current generation, especially in the United States, have had any personal experience with this creepy little bug, known to scientists as Cimex Lectularius. But things have changed. Bed bugs are back with a vengeance.
Cimex Lectularius, from the Latin “bug of the bed,” has certainly captured America’s attention, including most recently the Centers for Disease Control, which issued a document labeling the current state of infestation in the U.S. a “pandemic.” CDC’s attention is remarkable considering that the bug and it’s bites are not known to spread disease. The lack of disease transmission is actually somewhat surprising considering that this family of bugs, when not in human beds, has historically been a nest parasite, biting swallows, bats and certain other birds that are known to carry disease. A bed bug bite can lead to infection, however, and in rare cases bed bug bites have led to anaphylactic shock in hyper sensitive individuals.
Bed bugs were a relatively common pest in the United States in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, until the 1940s and subsequent decades with the arrival of aggressive pesticides such as DDT, malathion, diazinon, lindane, chlordane and dichlorovos. These different pesticides were used in succession when resistance to earlier poisons developed. They were very effective, nearly eliminating bed bugs in the U.S., but they also created significant environmental and health problems in some cases. The use of DDT was banned in the 1970s, and during the past two decades bed bugs have been reintroduced the U.S., spreading widely. Bed bug behavior facilitates its spread from one home and workplace to another, and while the problem remained quiet for a long time, partially due to the associated stigma, the recent surge of infestations has caused widespread discussion and a little bit of panic.
Bed remained much more widespread in other nations around the world during the latter half of the 20th Century (in particular in South America, the Middle East and Africa), so it is not surprising that they have spread, in large part, through travel. A bed bug in Egypt can easily find its way into luggage that is then transported to a major U.S. city, where it takes up residency in a hotel, spreading its offspring to future domestic visitors. And so on. So while resistance to pesticides and the overall reduction of pesticide use has created an environment in which the bed bug population was able to take hold in the U.S., the recent surge is likely the result of multiple causes including increasing populations of the bug overseas and the increase in international travel.
Bed bugs reproduce very rapidly and by now many people, and most frequent travelers, have heard stories of how bed bugs hitch a ride on luggage and spread to homes and to other hotels and workplaces. Once a bed bug population is entrenched, it can spread by moving from one office or dwelling in a building to another, and it can also find new homes when people purchase used (and infested) furniture, clothing or other household items, or take items discarded on the street. Now bed bugs are found not only in hotels. It is possible to pick up bed bugs in schools, dorms, public transportation, shopping stores, movie theaters and other public spaces.
Since it can sometimes take weeks or even months before a resident realizes their home is infested, bed bugs often have an opportunity to multiply. Bed bug habits are one of the reasons their presence can go unnoticed for so long. They come out only in the dark and bite when people are asleep. In most cases, their bite is painless (they secrete an anesthetic when they bite), and after feeding they hide until their next meal, which could be a week later. Pictures of people with bed bug welts can be found all over the web these days, but some people never react to the bites and others must be bitten multiple times before they react. People often ascribe the bed bug bites to allergic reactions and other causes before realizing that bed bugs are firmly entrenched in their home.
So, will bed bugs be an even bigger problem in the near future? Sadly, it seems that the answer is yes. The population of bed bugs is spreading very quickly and unless there is a swift increase in public awareness combined with a corresponding increase in detection and elimination, the bed bug population could continue to rise exponentially.
7. I Have Bed Bugs!
You move into a new apartment. You love the place: the view offers an amazing perspective of your area; the neighbours are the typically cool young-yet-professional people who know people and go on tour and are hardly ever home; the rent is affordable even though your building is located in the middle of a bustling city like NY or Vancouver, and you are living the life you’ve always dreamed.
Until you scratch yourself awake one morning or notice some little dried droplets of blood on your sheets and tiny markings on your legs and arms which were left exposed by your practical summer nightwear (I know your type). Totally sexy, right? Not your pajamas — I’m talking about the weird little blood droplets or the markings on your body. Not cool.
So, where do you turn for help? Do you even know how to check for bed bugs? How do you know if you have the infestation that dare not speak its name? Are you too embarrassed to tell your landlord or call the exterminator lest your neighbours find out and make unfair judgments about your lifestyle? I would be, too. Just kidding. I’m sorry I made fun while you’re feeling vulnerable.
8. Bed Bugs Dog:
If you have found yourself on this website it is either you are curious to know about what bed bugs are and any ways to eliminate them. Another reason may be that you just happened to be here by accident. But whatever may be the case you can get useful information that will help you now or in the future. It might be of urgent help to somebody you know immediately.
Beg bugs suck human blood and if you don’t have any other reason to destroy them do so for the sake of your precious blood. Take action against them in your surroundings by calling us to carry out a thorough inspection of your homes, offices, business premises or wherever you suspect them to be hiding around you.
When a pest inspector comes to inspect your surroundings in the hope of identifying the presence of bed bugs, his accuracy is limited. This is because of the limited scope of the human eye in detecting very small things. He can not see into cracks and crevices; or beneath the furniture; or under the rug and places that are really hidden. That is where the bed bug dog comes in.
With our bed bug dogs which are specially trained to detect this particular type of pest no matter how far they are hidden, you are rest assured that the end to bed bugs in your life has come.
With the endorsement by The US Environmental Protection Agency, the best pest control agencies have adopted the use of bed bug dogs and we have trained and certified dogs to carry out these services. The dogs use their sense of smell which guarantees 90-95% accuracy in detecting the hiding places of bed bugs.
One reason why you need to engage our services is that we are experts at doing this job. We have a track record of eliminating pests of which bed bugs is one of our major focuses. We believe that this is an essential service and a bed bug free environment is a healthy environment. Our men are well trained and certified on the job and they work with the latest technology in pest control.
Our decision to include dog detection is to ensure that no stone is left unturned and the customer is satisfied at the end of the day.One of the advantages of bed bug dogs is that they save you the extra cost of costly insecticide. Rather than spraying insecticide all over your dwelling place regardless of whether bed bugs are everywhere or not, bud bug dogs will go to the exact spots where the insects are hiding and those are the spots that will be treated.
Another advantage is that you save up a lot of time it will take you to detect bed bugs. Bed bug dogs are able to identify the presence of the insects in just two minutes! That’s fast and so you do not have to endure any extra days for the problem to get solved because once they are detected, they are eliminated.
A bed bug dog is trained in helping to detect bed bugs. Since dogs have very developed smelling abilities, a trained bed bug dog can find live bed bugs and unhatched eggs that are hidden under floorboards, behind the baseboards, under furniture, and even in your bed mattress. A well trained bed bug dog can inspect a room and locate infestations of bed bugs within 2 to 3 minutes. That is much less time than a trained technician searching for visual signs of the pests.
A bed bug dog trained to pinpoint a bed bug infestation is a very effective solution and helps save time, money, and decrease disturbance to the occupant. Also note that to prevent the spreading of bed bugs, the bed bug dog handler follows a specific grooming bed bug dog protocol.
9. The Handler and Bed Bug Dog
A dog has a very developed sense of smell up to 100 times greater than a human being. So a dog is a very effective tool in detecting even the smallest amount of odors. A properly trained bed bug dog is accurate in detecting bed bugs and the bed bug eggs by over 95%. A bed bug dog learns to differentiate bed bugs from cockroaches, ant, termites and other insects.
The type of training that a bed bug dog undergoes takes many hundreds of hours and are the same techniques used in training the dogs used by the government to find drugs or to detect the presence of a bomb. The bed bug dog is trained to alert its handler by barking or swatting a paw.
A bed bug dog is usually small, this make it easier for the dog to access smaller, tighter spaces. The bed bug dog is trained extensively with his handler to ensure that they can work together as a team. The handler and his bed bug dog must pass a series of bed bug detection tests in simulated environments before they are approved with certification.
Here’s why utilizing a bed bug dog service is a good idea:
- Fast, Reliable Service
- Superior Bug Detection
- Latest Technology
- Great Track Record
- Accurate & Effective Results
Be safe from bed bugs.
10. Bed Bug Dog & Effective Pest Control
The bed bug dog provides the first step of the process, once found the bed bugs must be exterminated. Our company has the ability to provide the total solution to all of your pest problems. If a bed bug dog inspection reveals an infestation, our team of trained technicians will expertly eliminate them, and our work is guaranteed.
Here are a few facts about bed bugs:
- They are nocturnal in nature which means that they move about in night only.
- They do not have wings and are of dark brown color.
- They can be dangerous for both the animals as well as human beings.
- Bed Bugs are usually found in beds and small cracks.
- Bed bugs inject the skin with their saliva. They do not spread disease, however bed bug bites can become red, itchy welts.
- Many people mistakenly associate bed bugs with dirty conditions. Actually, they are attracted to carbon dioxide and not dirt.
Bed bugs are mostly active at night, and their peak attack time is usually roughly an hour before dawn. They will, however, attempt to feed at other times of day if food is present. Attracted by warmth, the bug pierces the skin with two hollow tubes. With one tube, it injects its saliva. With the other, it withdraws the blood. After feeding, the bug returns to its nest. Although bed bugs can live for up to 18 months without food, if a food source is available, they will usually seek it withholding no more than a week. If you notice red raised bumps on your skin they may be bed bug bites.
Their life cycle is more or less similar to other insects. It is found that one female bug can lay about three hundred eggs in one lifetime. Some bed bugs can live for several months without feeding. The bed bugs life cycle is very short and they take about ten days to hatch. The scary thing about them is that they do not require food. Even if they do not eat for months they will not die. Female bed bugs tend to lay eggs in regions like cracks in a wood floor where they cannot be disturbed.
Bed bug bites can be mistaken for ordinary insect bites such as misquotes. Make sure you make the right diagnosis. Bed Bug InfestationMost experts say that regular cleaning of the home will not allow the bugs to enter. But this is not the case as they can enter from anywhere. Once they find a suitable place in homes they lay eggs thus creating an infestation. Bed bugs are in da haus.
11. Bed Bugs – The Complete Story:
Bed bugs are not dangerous but bed bug bites are effective and annoying – causing skin irritation and rashes. If a homeowner resists bed bug treatment, the bugs will end up residing in the mattress and bites can number in the hundreds. Bed bugs only need to munch on humans every 5 to 10 days. Bed bugs can go as long as five months without feeding. Each bed bug can lay four or five eggs per day which can result in a great number of bugs if they are not dealt with promptly. They are difficult to detect with the naked eye but their evidence is a lot of bed bug feces, dry skin and sometimes blood spots.
Pliny the Elder, author, naturalist and natural philosopher, noted in his writings entitled “Natural History”, first published in 77 AD; claimed bed bugs had medicinal value for treating snake bites and ear infections. In the 18th century, Jean-Etienne Guitar, a French naturalist and mineralogist, recommended bed bugs are used to treat hysteria. Bed bugs were first mentioned in Germany in the 11th century, in France in the 13th century and in England in 1583. They were rare in England until 1670, although some believed the bed bugs were brought to London with supplies of lumber used to rebuild the city after the Great fire of 1666. It was once thought bed bugs feed on the sap of certain trees.
Bed bugs are nocturnal pests and feed off human blood. There are a variety of bed bug species and some feed off certain types of animals such as chickens but most of the bed bug species, just love human beings, or more specific their blood. The pesky vermin prefer to live close to their sleeping prey. Bed bugs love to live in mattresses, bedding, pillows, cracks in the bed frame, couches and other furniture. They do not nest but just hide in things like luggage, bedside clutter, books and furniture to name a few. Bed bugs usually crawl out of their hiding place just before dawn and strike. They draw blood from their victim for about 5 minutes then crawl back to their hiding place. If the sleeping person stirs just before dawn, the bed bugs will not come out of hiding until all is quiet.
Adult bed bugs are flat, oval, reddish brown and wingless. They have microscopic hairs that give them the appearance of bands. They grow to 0.2 inches long and 0.12 inches wide. New born bed bugs are light in color, almost translucent and become brown as they mature. Bed bugs can survive a range of temperatures and atmospheric conditions. When the temperatures reach 61 degrees F, adult bed bugs tend to enter hibernation mode. The thermal death point for bed bugs is 113 degrees F. The bugs can survive for at least 5 days at 14 degrees F but will die after about 15 minutes of exposure to 26 degrees F. Bed bugs cannot survive high concentrations of carbon dioxide while exposure to nearly pure nitrogen has no affect on them.
12. How To Kill Bed Bugs Effectively?
The question of how to kill bed bugs is hard to answer as it largely depends how on much their infestation is. One method may force the bed bugs to leave house and infest your neighbour’s, while another method may just completely eliminate them. Without further ado, let’s talk about the methods that you can use to fight the bed bugs.
This method is the easiest to execute since all you need to do is just head to a local store and buy a pest control product spray. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with cleaning up the mess because the pest sprays nowadays are made from natural resources. Apart from being environmentally friendly, they don’t leave smelly chemical odours. And the best of all is that they are as powerful as their chemical counterparts.
One of the ingredients contained in these biodegradable sprays is diatomaceous earth poweder, which has the ability to dehydrate the bed bugs. Another ingredients is called hydroprene, which is used to reduce the reproduction rate of insects. This is the secret weapon of pest control companies.
To kill bed bugs using sprays, find holes, cracks or crevices where a flat insect could hide inside. Yes, they can be anywhere, so it’s best if you can cover your body and spray the whole house with the product.
Some products in the market come in powder form. Why are they in such form? They are created so because the companies understand that bed bugs can only be killed when they come into direct contact with insecticides. If when you are spraying the bed bug product, they hide deeper in the cracks, you can’t really reach them and kill them.
So, if you put the powder outside of their hiding location, when they come out for their meal time at night, they will definitely come in contact with the deadly powder. The powder form ensures that they are dehydrated and kill them. With the powder, you can have evidence of where their true hiding spots are since you will be able to see their dead bodies.
we talked about 2 methods that can effectively kill those annoying bed bugs. However, if they still infest your home, here are 2 more methods you can employ to totally get rid of them.
1. Mattress Covers
Companies that produce those bed bug sprays have also come up with products such as this mattress covers. How can mattress cover actually kill bed bugs?
Since some bed bugs live in your bed and are hard to detect, you would need to cut them their supply of oxygen and food – your blood. When you enclose your mattress with specially made covers, you are preventing new bed bugs from entering and old bed bugs from coming out. The old ones that can’t get out will either die of suffocation or die due to the lack of food.
A comfortable mattress cover is essential as well, so don’t just settle for any mattress covers that is designed for killing bed bugs. Touch and feel the material when buying so that you know you will have a good night’s sleep on the covers. The easiest choice is to buy fabric ones instead of vinyl as vinyl tears easily. You would be wasting more money replacing the vinyls rather than saving because it costs less than fabric.
2. Extreme Temperatures
Bed bugs only like to live in mild climates. Increasing your heating system in your house to the maximum will not be enough to kill. The same goes to turning down the air conditioner to the lowest temperature.
This is because both device can’t really produce temperatures that are extreme enough for the bed bugs to die. You need to go the troublesome route and wash all your clothes, mattresses, curtains and linen in very very hot water to kill them.
In conclusion, combining all 4 methods from this part and the previous post will ensure that you are able to get rid of bed bugs from your house.
13. How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
If you constantly have itchy red bumps on your skin which you don’t know where you got them from, it could possible be a bed bug bite. This can be identified by the intense itchiness the bump gives you. If you keep scratching them, your skin will tear easily.
Once you get such bites, it’s a headache to get rid of the bed bugs. Since mass spraying of insecticide has reduced, bed bugs have been appearing more than ever before. The government are only using cockroaches traps which are of no harm to the bed bugs.
Bed bugs prefer to live in a place where the temperature is not too extreme. From this preference of theirs, we can use it as their weakness and exterminate them.
Once bed bugs has infected your room, there is no other choice but to get rid of everything that is in your room. This may sound like a waste in expense, but you can’t just get rid of them by setting some baits.
If you are able to, wash all your belongings in hot water. Bed bugs won’t be able to withstand such extreme temperatures and will surely succumb to it.
You should also use a vacuum cleaner and vacuum all the crevices and cracks in your walls, floors or even ceiling. This is a great place for the bed bugs to hide when they are not out at night looking for human blood to suck.
After finishing the vacuum, it is better to wash the vacuum bag in hot temperature. Once you check that they are dead, then only throw them away. You don not want them to crawl back into other people’s houses, do you?
The other thing you can do is call a pest control company to get rid of these pests for you. They are professionals and should know what they are doing. However, since they want to make sure your whole house will be free of bed bugs, you need to evacuate your house and pay a high price for them to do their job.
14. What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small, flat, oval insects, smaller than ¼”, which need a warm-blooded host on which to feed. We usually associate bed bugs with humans because they are commonly found in bedrooms or where multiple people sleep, but bedbugs can also bite pets and rodents.
15. Are bed bugs dangerous?
Bed bugs bite into the skin to suck blood; this is how they feed. While it is possible that they may carry blood-born diseases, this is extremely rare. Bedbug bites are mostly annoying, itchy insect bites but they can become infected when scratched. There is a minority of people who are allergic to them and can develop a serious allergic reaction.
16. How do bed bugs move about?
Bedbugs have no wings and so cannot fly. They crawl out from their hiding places, in the early hours of the morning, to find a host, feed for about 20 minutes, on average, and then crawl back into hiding. They can travel distances of around 100 feet to get a feed, which is why they are mostly located within that distance from where we sleep.
17. Aren't bed bugs only found in dirty houses and poor areas?
While dirty, cluttered houses certainly give the bugs more places to hide and makes them harder to find and eradicate, the fact is that bedbugs don’t mind whether the houses their hosts live in are clean or dirty. Overcrowded houses, villages with poor sanitation, apartment buildings, hotels, military barracks, homeless shelters and other places where lots of people sleep, are more susceptible to bed bug infestation. These locations are often the source of bed bugs in private homes when people carry them home unknowingly in their luggage or clothing.
18. How did I get bed bugs in my house?
Bed bugs can hitch a ride home with family members who visit a home that has bed bugs, who travel overseas and stay in hotels, who work with the homeless or are in the military. In apartment buildings, it is easy for bedbugs to travel between apartments and floors. If your neighbors have bed bugs, it probably won’t be long before some of them make their way to your house. Parcels received from overseas can also contain bed bugs.
19. How do I tell a bed bug bite from a mosquito bite?
Mosquitoes bite indiscriminately on any part of the body and can bite you through clothing. Bed bug bites are mostly in lines or in clusters, on parts of the body that are not covered by clothing because bedbugs cannot bite through fabric. Bed bug bites are usually on the face, neck and arms.
20. How do I find out if I have bed bugs?
The most common way people discover they have bed bugs is when they are bitten while they sleep. The most accurate method is to get a reputable pest control company to come and do an inspection. They are the experts and have specialist equipment to help them locate bed bug nests quickly and accurately. You can also find bed bug activity yourself by checking your sheets, mattress and furniture near your bed for the tell-tale signs of blood and feces smears, discarded skins of molting bedbugs, small white eggs and the insects themselves. Bed bugs are very small and flat so they can fit into very tiny gaps and cracks in walls, woodwork, furniture and along carpet edges.
21. Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?
There are products on the market to help you eradicate bed bugs yourself or you can follow a more natural method for getting rid of these parasites. It is important that you find all the bedbug hiding places in order to prevent them coming back. If the bedbug infestation is severe, a pest control company is probably your best option.
22. Do I have to use poisons to get rid of bed bugs?
Serious bed bug infestations are best dealt with by the professionals but with patience and persistence, you can get rid of bed bugs from your home without using poisons or insecticides. Your best friends in getting rid of bed bugs naturally are sunlight, vacuuming, intense cold, steam cleaning and the clothes dryer.
23. How do I prevent bed bugs coming back?
There are several strategies to help you remain bedbug-free. Avoid clutter, especially in the bedrooms; vacuum the carpets, curtains, closets, woodwork and mattresses regularly to catch any stray bedbugs; put the mattress out in the sun every couple of months; when you return from holidays, unpack your luggage outside and immediately wash everything in hot water and line dry in the sun.
24. Do bed bugs really exist? Or are they just from stories?:
Bed bugs are real insects. Although they were mostly eradicated in the early 1940s, they have made a huge resurgence caused by an increase in travel, whether it is business, vacation, or another reason. The bugs are mainly a problem in hotels, businesses, retail, and any other area with a high turnover rate.
25. Do bed bugs bite?
Yes. Bed bugs are known to feed about once a week, and only for a few minutes, but that is enough time to leave most people with hard reddish bumps that can itch for days at a time. These bumps usually develop a white center, and most people do not realize that they are caused by bed bugs. There is no evidence that bed bugs spread or cause any diseases in humans.
26. If I leave my house for a week, will the bed bugs die?
No, bed bugs can live for over 140 days without feeding. Simply leaving the house/dwelling for a week or two will not fix the problem.
27. I heard that pesticides don’t work on bed bugs. Is that true?
No. Although some bed bugs have developed a resistance to certain pesticides, Go Bug Free makes sure that all pesticides they use are not only environmentally-friendly but are evolved to stay ahead of the bed bug’s resistance. Go Bug Free can also make sure that bed bugs are destroyed by using heaters, which are more efficient.
28. How hot does it have to be to get rid of bed bugs?
The lethal temperature for bed bugs is anything above 120 degrees. Go Bug Free uses heat trailers and heating units that reach over 130 degrees, and we make sure that we heat for a minimum of 4 hours. Doing so ensures that the heat reaches every crevice of the building/item being treated.
29. What does prepping a site actually mean or include?
Go Bug Free will help you make sure that your residence is ready for a treatment before we start. By going through the preparation process, Go Bug Free allows for a much smoother treatment and a more efficient cleansing of the residence.
30. How often does Go Bug Free do check-ups and treatments?
Go Bug Free performs one initial inspection and then treats and inspects the structure as many times as is needed to eradicate the bed bugs.
31. Are dogs the most accurate form of bed bug detection?
Yes. There are other methods of discovery being tested, but none have proven effective, and dogs are the most reliable source of detection known.
32. How do I know that when the dog indicates there is actually activity?
The dogs are utilized and trained daily to ensure accuracy. The training/trainer simulates actual situations to ensure the dogs accuracy. This includes activity in couches, beds, walls, etc. The second thing we do is we attempt to visually verify all hits. If the hit can be visually verified it is considered an active unit/room. If the hit cannot be visually verified, a second dog is brought through the room or unit if the dog hits in the same location, it is considered to be an active unit.
33. What can I do to reduce the risk of a Bed Bug infestation in my building?
The biggest thing you can do to minimize an infestation in your property is education and early identification. Education: Go Bug Free offers training courses for building employees as well as the residents. Bed Bugs have become a part of our lives these days. It is vital to learn how to reduce the risk of getting Bed Bugs while going about your normal life. Early Identification: We recommend that properties get K-9 inspections of their buildings at least quarterly. By getting frequent inspections this will allow you to catch any problems early before they become a big problem or a building-wide problem.
34. How to Say Goodbye To Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are becoming more and more of a nuisance. They were once exterminated before and now they have returned. The creators of Bed Bug Bully are all too familiar with bed bugs since they have brought them back home from a hotel stay.
Pest control companies are usually called in the deal with the bed bugs infestations. They normally use insecticides which are both harmful to human and nature. In the end, it is very hard to kill the bed bugs because doing so will harm everyone else as well.
Companies understood the need to have their products become environmentally-friendly. So, long gone are the days where chemical-filled insecticides are the only solutions to get rid of bed bugs. There are more and more organic bed bug sprays that claim to save the environment and wont harm humans at the same time. Most of them are fragrant in odour and don’t have the dreaded chemical smells of insecticide.
Before using products like these organic bed bug sprays, you have to first inspect the surroundings of where you sleep. Look for crevices and cracks around your bed. These places may seem tiny to you, but they are the perfect spot for the bed bugs to hide when they are not out sucking your blood.
If you avoid the bed bugs by sleeping in another room, it will only get worse since they will start to infest the next room also. They do this by following your heat and the scent of carbon dioxide released by your breath. They will just follow you to get blood out of you for their meal.
It would be wise to get rid all of your stuffs where the bed bugs could be hiding. If there are things that cannot be thrown away, consider using a hair dryer and blowing it at your belongings at the hottest temperature. The extreme temperature may succeed in forcing them to leave their hiding spots. If they don’t, they will die inside as well.
Apart from that, you can use Bed Bug Bully which is a non-toxic formulated spray that can help you kill bed bugs.
All last, relax about bed bugs. We’re here to show you how to prevent bed bugs from making a home of your bed in the first place. If you’re here because you’re at the point where you’ve noticed some symptoms of bed bugs in your apartment or home, We have solutions for you, too.