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Title: The Truth About Bed Bugs (1)


1
The Truth About Bed Bugs
  • The Bug, the Infestation, the Treatment

2
What Are They?
  • The phrase sleep tight, dont let the bed bugs
    bite, might be cutesy to a lot of people, but
    for anyone who has had a bed bug infestation
    there is nothing cute about it. The thought of
    these tiny bugs, emerging from their hiding spots
    once you are asleep to feast on your blood is
    enough to make a lot of people leave the comfort
    of their beds until the problem has been
    addressed. But as you are about to learn, a bed
    bug isnt the easiest pest to get rid of.
  • The common bed bug is a member of the Cimicidae
    family, and is known as Cimex Lectularius. Bed
    bugs are parasitic insects whose favorite food is
    blood. The fact that they have a penchant for
    hanging out in beds and other areas where humans
    sleep is what inspired the name.
  • Bed bugs are primarily nocturnal, but they have
    been known to pop out of hiding at other times to
    feed. They are attracted by warmth, and will
    pierce the skin of their host when they are ready
    to suck blood. Since they are so small, it is
    possible for a bed bug to feed on your blood
    while youre awake, without you even knowing.
  • If you have been bitten by a bed bug, you may
    notice small, reddish bumps that resemble
    mosquito bites or a mild rash.

3
Is That Really a Bed Bug?
  • If you see what you suspect is a bed bug but
    arent sure, there are a few telltale signs to
    watch for. Adult bed bugs are about 4 to 5 mm
    long and up to 3 mm wide, and their bodies are
    flat and oval-shaped. They generally range from
    a light brown to reddish-brown colour, but may be
    a bit darker as they age. A newly hatched bed
    bug is almost translucent, and will darken as it
    ages. Occasionally, you might mistake a bed bug
    for a carpet beetle, or the other way around.

4
How They Get In
  • Even though it may seem like it, bed bugs dont
    just appear out of nowhere. In fact, they can
    get into your home in a variety of different
    ways. Bed bugs and their eggs can hitch a ride
    on pets or clothing, in backpacks and luggage, or
    on virtually anything else that has been in
    contact with them. If you have visitors from an
    infested home, or if members of your household
    visit an infested home, you may get bed bugs as a
    result.
  • If you live in an apartment building, bed bugs
    can easily make their way through ductwork and
    other routes to get to you. Sometimes, people
    who live in apartments may not warn their
    neighbours about bed bugs because of the
    perception they bring, which just makes the
    situation worse.

5
How to Find Bed Bugs
  • If you suspect that you may have a bed bug
    problem, or if you or your kids are waking with
    bites, you can do a quick run-through to be
    certain
  • Bed remove all of the sheets and blankets from
    the mattress, and look closely for little blood
    spots. Stand the mattress up and then lift the
    box spring and turn it over. Inspect along and
    under the seams of the mattress and inside the
    box spring for bugs. Shine a flashlight in any
    dark areas and look under tags, on head or foot
    boards, and anywhere else a bed bug could hide.
  • Photo From http//www.bedbug.com/

6
  • Bedroom Once the bed is done, look inside
    drawers, behind pictures, in folded clothes,
    under computers and in other narrow spaces. Look
    behind curtains, under carpeting and behind
    baseboards, if possible.
  • Furniture Bed bugs wont just stay in your
    bedroom, so you have to check the rest of the
    house, too. Remove all the cushions from chairs
    and sofas and inspect the seams the same way you
    did with the bed. Look underneath the couches
    and chairs by tipping them back slightly. Be
    sure to check behind any skirts or other crevices
    or hiding places your furniture has to offer.
  • Living Room Just like the bedroom, look behind
    baseboards, pictures, curtains, under carpets or
    anywhere else that a bed bug could hide. Be
    especially diligent if you have found evidence of
    infestation in other areas of the house.

7
Common Treatment Methods
  • Since the first thought of most people who have
    bed bugs is how to get rid of them, you can find
    quite a few different treatment methods. Some of
    the primary bed bug treatments include chemicals
    and pesticides. Some of these chemical
    treatments may be effective, but there is also
    the fear of creating a toxic environment right
    where you sleep.
  • Many chemicals have been approved for use by
    government agencies, but it isnt completely
    uncommon for a chemical to be okay one week and
    banned the next, as more information is learned
    about the dangers of using them.
  • Steaming and fogging are common treatments, but
    they might not always be able to reach into the
    deeper hiding spots.
  • Aerosol treatments will usually kill bed bugs,
    but only if they are sprayed directly onto the
    bugs. This means that the ones that are deep in
    hiding will still be around to bite another day.

8
 Bring On the Heat!
  • One treatment that some companies use that isnt
    toxic and will actually draw the bugs out from
    their hiding spots is heat. Pest control
    companies that use this method control the heat
    around the common hiding spots of the bed bugs.
    The beds come out toward the heat source, then
    the heat is cranked up so quickly that they dont
    have time to get back, and they are killed.
    Timing is very important with this method, and it
    requires a skilled technician to pull it off.
    But once its over, the bed bugs are gone and
    your living space is free from any added toxins
    or chemical residue. If you have bed bugs and
    are concerned about being eco-friendly, consider
    the heat!
  • Photo From http//www.ecopestcontrol.com

9
How to Prevent Bed Bugs
  • Finding an effective treatment for bed bugs is
    great, but preventing them from showing up in the
    first place is even better. Always check
    secondhand furniture and similar items before you
    bring them in the house. You can also purchase
    protective covers for your mattresses that will
    eliminate hiding spots and keep your beds and box
    springs clear.
  • Its always wise to inspect kids clothes and
    backpacks as they come in the house after a
    sleepover. This will reduce the likelihood of
    bugs hitching a ride right into your house from
    someone elses.
  • Since bed bugs love to hide, reducing the clutter
    in your house will also reduce hiding spots.
    When you travel, use the luggage racks in a hotel
    room instead of setting your luggage on the floor
    or bed. Its also wise to go through your
    luggage thoroughly right when you get back home.

10
Common Bed Bug Myths
  • Perception is a big thing no matter what youre
    talking about, and bed bugs are no different.
    There are several common myths and misconceptions
    about bed bugs that just wont seem to go away
  • Bed bugs live in dirty places The reality is,
    bed bugs will live anywhere that has warmth,
    blood and carbon dioxide. A cluttered area does
    offer more hiding spots, but they dont nee78d
    dirt and grime to flourish.
  • Bed bugs spread disease According to many lab
    tests, it doesnt seem as if the bed bug is
    capable of transmitting disease from one person
    to another.
  • Bed bugs wont come out in the light They do
    prefer darkened spaces, but if you try to sleep
    with the lights on to keep them away, youre
    still going to get bit.

11
 Considerations
  • Bed bugs typically like to feed on blood every
    five or ten days, but they can last a lot longer
    than that, if necessary. Some experts say they
    can survive for several months without even a
    drop.
  • Bed bugs that are able to get regular feedings
    have a life span of around 10 months. A female
    bed bug is capable of laying about 300 eggs over
    the course of its life.you do the math!
  • Bed bugs cant survive extreme heat or cold,
    which is why some people place mattresses outside
    in winter or throw clothing in a hot clothes
    dryer. Most home treatments are no match for the
    resiliency of a bed bug. Even though you arent
    likely to have any lasting effects from bed bug
    bites, if you really want them gone, call a
    professional and get it done right!

12
  • Heat-N-Go Pest Control provides eco-friendly bed
    bug extermination services in Toronto, Ottawa and
    Vancouver. For more details, click here.
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