Pests

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs - Pests

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic-like bloodsucking creatures who feed only on a diet of blood from humans and animals. They have been known parasites for thousands of years. Bed bugs get their name from their preferred habitat: hiding in beds and bedding. They do not live on their hosts like fleas and ticks. They come out at night to feed and then return to their hiding place.

Bed bugs are small and oval-shaped. Their bodies only swell and get reddish after they feed. They can lay dormant for a long time and are very elusive pests. They can’t fly but they can crawl extremely fast.

Why are they pests?

Bed bugs generally come out to feed at night when you are asleep. They feed for up to 10 minutes before crawling away undetected. Though you don’t feel when they are feeding, you will notice the signs in a matter of a day or two.

Bed bugs can grow to full maturity in as little as one month. Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs over the course of their life. Bed bugs can produce more than 3 generations within the span of a year. Bed bugs can even live for up to a year in your mattress without feeding.

Are bed bugs dangerous?

Bed bugs bite persons on any exposed skin available. You will not feel them at the time they are feeding. But, the area in which they feed will later turn into itchy swellings along your skin which can take up to two weeks to disappear. Repeated bed bug bites can lead to anxiety and insomnia. Some persons can develop severely allergic reactions to bed bug bites and in that case, should get to a doctor immediately.

A bed bug bite can transmit parasites and disease carrying organisms to the host. This is not frequent but all too much a possibility. Also, secondary infections can result from improper care of bed bug bites.

Where are they found/how do I know that I have a bed bug infestation?

Bed bugs will hide on the seams of your mattress, bed frames, furniture and in wall cracks etc. They are often transported to new locations in luggage, packaging, clothing, and furniture. It also doesn’t matter if your home is untidy or spotlessly clean. Once they get it in, it is hard to get them out.

Signs of bed bugs include:

  • Dried blood stains on your bedding
  • Bed bug faeces in the form of dark spots on sheets, pillow cases, walls or clothing
  • Bed bug cast skins and eggs in areas that they are known to hide

 

If you are uncertain about how to identify bed bug presence contact a local exterminator/pest control professional, especially one that offers free inspections such as RYMO Pest Control.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

An integrated pest management approach is best for dealing with a bed bug infestation. This means using an approach with the lowest risk to the health and well-being of your family and the environment. This includes:

  • Washing the linen: getting rid of bed bugs begins with washing your bed linen in hot water and drying on the highest setting. If you do not have a dryer, hanging them in the sun will help.
  • Cleaning the mattress: use a stiff brush on the mattress to dislodge bugs and eggs and then vacuuming the mattress.
  • Preventing access: if you do not want to replace your mattress, encase it in an airtight zippered cover for up to a year. Repair cracks in walls to prevent access. Do not clutter your bedside or store things under your bed.
  • Chemical treatment: unfortunately, bed bugs are resistant to most over-the-counter treatments. To effectively get rid of bed bugs requires chemical treatment. You must ensure that any chemicals used are safe for your bedroom and are not harmful to humans and furniture alike.

 

The most effective method for ridding your bedroom and home of bed bugs is to hire a professional pest control company. They can put in place a comprehensive plan to get your house bed bug free with as little disruption as possible. RYMO Pest Control specializes in bed bug extermination. Contact us today.

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