Bed-bugs occur nearly worldwide. Bed bugs became relatively
scarce during the latter part of the 4th century, but their
populations have resurged in recent years, particularly throughout
parts of North America, Europe, and Australia. Bedbugs are wingless insect have a flat, oval-shaped body, cannot
fly, and are 4-7 mm long and as such move arond by crawling
or riding from place to place in clothing, luggage or other
such transport. Distribution can be further exacerbated in
places such as theatres and public transport, with infestations
frequently occurring in hotels and other buildings where there
is a high density and turnover of individuals. Their colour
is shiny reddish-brown but after a blood-meal they become
swollen and dark reddish brown in colour.
Stages of bedbugs
There are three stages in the bedbug?s life cycle: egg, nymph
and adult. The female lays her eggs in batches of 10 to 50,
they are white in colour and deposited on various surfaces
with a thin glue. The eggs are white and about 1 mm long.
The nymphs look like adults but are smaller. Female bedbugs
lay about 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. Under ideal conditions,
eggs hatch in about seven days and the nymphs molt five times,
taking a blood meal between each molt.
Complete development from egg to adult takes from six weeks
to several months. Both male and female bedbug feeds principally on human blood by piercing the skin with
a long beak and sucking blood into their stomachs. They feed
mostly at night, but will feed during the day if hungry and
the light is dim. Feeding takes about 5-8 minutes for adults,
less for nymphs, and is repeated about every three days.
Symptoms of a bedbug bite
Symptoms of a bedbug bite include large wheals, itichness,
reddining of the skin, localized swelling. Bedbugs are not known to transmit any infectious agents. Contact us
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Possibilities of getting bed bugs
You have just realized that your house has been infected by bed bugs and you may be wondering where you must have got them from. There are many ways by which you must have got the infestation. The bed bugs have the capability to live or crawl in the spaces between walls and if your neighbors have them, chances are there that you may get as well. And there is no use even if you try extermination unless your neighbors have made the move. Yet another prominent chance of getting bed bugs is when you travel. Many hotels have infestations and the bed bugs would easily crawl into your luggage and find their way to your home. Sometimes guests also have the chances of getting bed bugs to your place. Now that you have known that the pests have found shelter at you place, all you need is an exterminator who would get rid of the bed bugs.
There is no truth in the fact that bed bugs multiply at unclean living space. They are very common in areas with high population density. You need to note that the key to effective extermination of bed bugs would be proper and thorough preparation. You have a significant role in helping the pest control company carry out the termination task. By day they hide in dark, dry places in beds, mattresses, cracks in walls and floors, and furniture; they are also found behind pictures and wallpaper; hiding places are also used for breeding. Adults can survive for several years without food.
Verifying begbugs infestation
The very first step is to verify the infestation with the visual inspection of an exterminator. Once it has been confirmed, you need to prepare for the extermination process. Begin the preparation by removing all the bedding from the mattresses, gather all linens, cloths etc. make sure that you wash all the fabrics including the ones that is in storage. The bedding and any fabrics that have come into contact with the pest must essentially be washed in hot water and should be properly dried. Once dried, make them all sealed to protect from further infestation.
Since the exterminator should need access to places where the bed bugs have been found, make sure to empty closets in rooms and other infested areas. Use vacuum cleaner to clean floor, carpet, nooks and crannies. It would be better if you can steam clean the floors, rugs, couch cushions etc. If the sofa or bed is positioned against the wall, move it from that place. This would help the exterminator to easily access the areas where bugs have been found. After extermination process, wait for the entire mattress, sofas to dry before sitting or laying on them.
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