Bed bugs have also been a problematic pest; however, with an increase in travel, both domestically and internationals, bed bug infestations are becoming more widespread. Bed bugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite at night. Although bed bugs can harbor pathogens in and on their bodies, transmission to humans is unlikely. Itching and inflammation of the skin are the most common reactions. Bed bugs easily get into clothing or luggage and are brought home. Even the finest of hotels are not immune.
Once bed bugs have invaded your home, they can be difficult to eliminate due to their nocturnal habit, small size and resilient nature. Bed bugs may enter your home undetected on luggage, clothing, furniture and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit in tiny spaces. Because bed bugs use humans as hosts, their presence isn’t necessarily a sign of unsanitary conditions.
These tenacious pests are about 3/8" long and are visible to the naked eye. Amazingly, they are able to go without food for as long as a year. After getting their fill of blood, the females will lay eggs in batches of up to 200 at a time.
A bed bug does not actually live on your skin; it will simply drink a few drops of blood while you are sleeping. You cannot feel its bite, even though it is actually piercing the skin, but bites often cause redness and some swelling. Antihistamines and corticosteroids may be given to help relieve the itching. Approximately 50% of bed bug victims do not show any evidence of bites. Although some saliva will get into the bite, bed bugs are not known to pass on any diseases to humans.
While many bed bugs hide in mattresses, some may also hide in a sofa or chair, or behind wallpaper or pictures. Thoroughness is the only real way to get rid of bed bugs. Every corner and crevice needs to be searched. As you might guess, this means that simply getting rid of an infected mattress will not completely solve the problem.
Because their reappearance, researchers have found that the new bed bugs are much more resistant to chemicals that have previously been in use. Insecticides that are often used for roaches and similar insects are ineffective on bed bugs. Bed Bugs, in particular, require attention from a professional in commercial or residential pest management.
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