Bed Bugs are insect parasites that feed exclusively on blood. The common bed bug is most known as it prefers to feed on human blood.
Their name comes from their preference for warm houses and dwellings, especially near or in bedding and other sleep areas. Mainly active at night, bed bugs often feed without being noticed as their bite is painless.
There has been a worldwide increase in bed bug activity due to frequent introductions during international travel, changes in pest management practices, and resistance to pesticides. Lack of public awareness is perpetuating the continued dispersal of bed bugs.
Bed Bug Biology
Individual bed bugs do not seek a blood meal everyday and may go several days to a week or more between each blood meal. Adult females can lay between 1-5 eggs per day, with the eggs hatching approximately 7-10 days after being deposited by the female. Development from egg hatch to adult takes approximately 1 ½ -2 months, but can take longer depending upon environmental conditions and food availability.
Where Do They Live?
Bed bugs lead a very cryptic lifestyle. As a result, bed bugs are often present for weeks or even months before a single bug is ever seen by the occupants of an infested structure. They live in cracks and crevices associated with bed frames, head boards, mattresses and box springs.
Bed bugs are not caused by poor sanitation or one's social status. However, poor sanitation, particularly clutter, can make it much more difficult to control or eliminate a bed bug infestation. Bed bug infestations must be introduced by bringing in an item that has bugs or eggs associated with it.
How Do I know if I Have Bed Bugs?
Bite symptoms are a good indicator but cannot be diagnosed with 100% certainty. Occasionally you may see evidence of a bed bug infestation without actually seeing any bed bugs. Bed bugs leave fecal stains in the areas they infest. A physical sample of an actual bug or egg is needed for positive confirmation. The most effective inspections are conducted by a qualified pest management professional.
I Have Bed Bugs, Now What?
Sleeping in a different room or vacating the structure is not a solution and can make the problem more difficult to eliminate. Beds do not have to be thrown out and can be saved by using an appropriate mattress and box spring encasement, unless infested. Many companies use physical methods such as vacuuming or hot laundering, but, vacuums that are used to remove bed bugs can become infested.
Our bed bug treatment is more effective than heat treatments and much less expensive.
How Long Does It Take To Rid Them?
Residents must follow the Prep Sheet Guidelines. This is KEY to eliminating the problem! If all steps are taken, the elimination of bed
bugs will occur often within the first 30 days. Please note that all eggs must hatch during this period of time in order for them to be affected by the chemical application.