In a recent survey of commercial pest management professionals conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, bed bugs are increasing as a problem nationwide. As mentioned in the survey, more than 90% of respondents had treated bed bugs in apartments, condominiums and single-family homes in recent years.
Until recently, most people have never seen or heard much about bed bugs, and they were rare for pest managers too. In recent years bed bugs have made a major comeback in the U.S. and around the world. Infestations are occurring in homes, apartments, hotels, and college dormitories. There also have been bed bug incidents in schools, shelters, hospitals, libraries, theaters, offices and on public transportaiton. Immigration and travel have contributed to the recurrence of bed bugs in this country, along with less effective insecticides and a lack of vigilance.
The average individual with a bed bug problem lacks the skill and expertise to effectively eliminate the infestation even after multiple tries. If you are unlucky enough to have to deal with a bed bug infestation, you should contract High-Tech Pest Control Services who has experience in eliminating bed bug infestations.
Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and about a 1/4 inch in length (roughly the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny). Nymphs (immature stages) range from about 1.5 mm to 4 to 5 mm in length and are almost colorless. Adult bed bugs can live several months without a bloo
After mating, females lay white, oval eggs (1/16" long) into cracks and crevices.
An individual bed bug can lay 200 to 250 eggs in her lifetime.
The eggs hatch in 6 to 10 days and the newly emerged nymphs seek a blood meal.
Immature nymphs molt five times (they shed their outer exoskeleton) before reaching adulthood.
There may be three or more generations per year. All ages are found in a reproducin
Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, dorm rooms, single family homes, multi-family housing, hospitals, schools and college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, movie theaters and even public transportation. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses
Bed bugs should not be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.
A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can rang
It is hard to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten. Most people do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite. The bite marks are similar to that
Bed bugs should not be equated with filth or sanitation problems in hotels or in homes. Bed bugs are very elusive, transient pests. They are often found in other areas besides the bed. And they are hardy. They can live for up to a year without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Bed bugs can be controlled with vigilance, consta
One of the easiest ways to identify a bed bug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks left on the face, neck, arms, hands, or other body parts that the victim receives while sleeping. However, these bite marks may take as long as 14 days to develop in some people, so it is important to look for other clues when determining if bed bugs have infested an area.
These signs include:
Any effective bed bug control strategy should start with a careful, thorough inspection by a pest control professional of all known and suspected spots where bed bugs may be harboring. This is not a pest that can be controlled effectively with do-it-yourself measures. To prevent bed bug infestations, consumers need to be vigilant in assessing their surroundings. When returning from a trip, check