Bed Bugs

The PROBLEM with Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a problem. They are actually considered a public health pest, but they are not known to spread diseases. Bed bugs do, however, cause a variety of negative physical and mental health consequences. The bites from bed bugs can cause allergic reactions that range from a small bite mark to welts. Also the impact of living in a home with they pesky suckers could lead to anxiety and insomnia, which has been reported by the CDC.

Let’s address what’s on everyone’s mind. How do you get bed bugs? You can get them in your home a number of ways. It could be from traveling and you brought them home in a suitcase, or on you. You could have purchased an item such as furniture that may have already been infested. You could have had someone visiting you who may have picked up the pesky bug from their travels. Any way we approach it, bed bugs can sometimes be difficult to pin down exactly where or how you could have picked them up.

What can you do if you find bed bugs? First thing is first. Make sure that you indeed have bed bugs. Don’t panic! Although it can be difficult to eliminate them, don’t give up. There are things you can do to help with the control and elimination process. Start by reducing the number of hiding places for a bed bug. De-clutter your house. Get bed bug rated mattress cover for both the box spring as well as your mattress. These need to say “Bed Bug rated” or else you will be wasting your money. Reduce the number of bed bug eggs by washing and heat drying your bedding, blankets, bedspreads, and clothing. Carefully and thoroughly vacuum your home. That means Rugs, Floors, upholstered furniture,  your beds, under the beds, bed frames, headboards, etc. Be sure to remove the contents that are in the canister or vacuum bag outside in a sealed trash bag. Do NOT, let me repeat this. DO NOT leave the vacuum cleaner canister or bag full inside of your home. The bed bugs can and will crawl out of there and re-infest your home.

Be sure to call a pest control company an ask them how they treat for bed bugs. If you have any questions about bed bug treatments, please be sure to leave a comment or email us. We’ll be glad to answer any and all of your questions.

Bed Bugs

If you have a bedbug infestation, it’s best to find it early, before the infestation spreads. Treating a minor bedbug  infestation is far less costly and easier than treating the same infestation after it spreads.

Often bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or chiggers), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections), or even hives. While some people do not react to bed bug bites at all.

An accurate way to identify a possible infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. When cleaning, changing bedding, or traveling away from home, look for:

  • Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
  • Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
  • Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
  • Live bed bugs.

When bed bugs are not feeding, they can hide in many places. They can be found around the bed, near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box springs, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard.

If a room is heavily infested, you may find bed bugs in the following:

  • seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, and in the folds of curtains.
  • drawer joints.
  • electrical receptacles and appliances.
  • Under loose wall paper, behind pictures and wall hangings.
  • At the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet.
Bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card (YES, they’re that thin). They can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug.

Bed bug Feeding:

  • prefer to feed on humans, but will feed on other mammals and birds as well.
  • Will travel 5-20 feet from established hiding places to feed on a host.
  • Primarily active at night. If the bed bug is hungry, they will seek hosts in full daylight.
  • Feeding can take 3-12 minutes.
  • The rusty or tarry spots found on bed sheets or in bug hiding places are because the adult bed bugs and large will void remains of earlier blood meals while they are still feeding.

Bed Bug

The common bed bug has long been a pest. It feeds on blood, causing itchy bites and generally irritating their human host. They are considered to be a public health pest, although they are not known to spread or transmit diseases.

The recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be due to more traveling, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, and an increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides. The good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs and the first step in both prevention and control is knowing what to look for. While there is no chemical quick fix, there are effective strategies to control bed bugs involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.

Bed bugs are small in size size. They can stay hidden very well, making it difficult to find and identify bed bugs. Although it’s helpful to know what they look like, a more accurate way to identify a possible bed bug infestation is to look for physical signs of bed bugs. When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, look for the following:

-Reddish-brown stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
-Dark spots (approximately this size: •) are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a black marker would.
-Live bed bugs.

When they are not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Look around the mattress and box springs. They can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and in cracks of the bed frame as well as the headboard.

If a room is heavily infested, you may find bed bugs in the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains, drawer joints, electrical receptacles and appliances. Bed bugs can also be found under loose wall paper and wall hangings.

Suggested Cleaning methods when dealing with Bed Bugs:

-Place all clothing, linens, shoes, coats, pillows, in large, clear plastic bags
-Take down all things hanging on walls such as clocks, picture frames, posters, etc
-All clothes and plush items should put into a HOT dryer for 1/2 hour
-Separate cleaned items from items that have not been checked or cleaned
-Personal belongings should remain in bags until they can be inspected
-Room should be emptied of all belongings, and floors vacuumed
-The mattress, box spring(s), and bed frame should be vacuumed thoroughly
-Buy and install certified “bed bug” covers for the mattress and box spring(s)
-Non-porous furniture, floors, and walls should be washed with warm soapy water.
-Wash in and around any steam or hot water radiators (do NOT wash electric baseboard heat).