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The bed bug is sometimes considered a household pest because it spends more time indoors than outdoors. Bed Bugs are tiny insects that mature to about 7 millimeters in length. The mature female bed bug can produce up to 500 eggs, 5 each day. Instead of taking the time to erect a nest, the female drops her eggs in crevices and cracks. Her goal is to place the eggs in a safe area, where they have access to a blood meal upon reaching the larvae life cycle stage.
Why Is My Bedroom Infested With Bed Bugs?
There is only one goal in mind when the bed bug infiltrates the home of a human. This one goal is to access a blood meal. The bed bug is a parasitic insect species that feed on blood from a living host. The bed bug host may be human or animal, with the former being the more preferred food source.
The nocturnal pest species feeds when it is safe or when the unaware human host is asleep. To ensure blood meals are accessible every 7 days, the bed bug opts for a hiding place in the host’s bedroom. During feedings, the insect is busy trying to remain undetected, seeking refuge in small openings in the bed frame,
How To Fully Eradicate A Bed Bug Colony?
The bed bug colonizes on groups of dozens or hundreds, resulting in a full-blown infestation. While you may be under the impression, a bed bug is harmless, this could not be further from the truth. The adult female reproduces every 6 to 10 days, laying her eggs in discrete locations close to the host. Unfortunately, some of the eggs will not survive because they are not fertilized.
The eggs are expected to mature within 6 to 8 weeks, at which time they will need a blood meal to survive. During the larvae stage, the bed bug will molt up to 5 times. With each molting, the bed bug larvae shed their skin. Depositing it on the host’s mattress, box springs, and bed linen. The exoskeleton is just one sign of a bed bug problem.
Do Bed Bugs Transmit Disease?
No, bed bugs have not been scientifically linked to human diseases. The insects are nuisances that plague humans of all ages. While they do not transmit diseases to their victims, their bites have been associated with allergic reactions of varying severity levels. The signs of an allergic reaction, following a bed bug bite, include redness, itchiness, swelling, and mild discomfort. The allergic reaction is localized at the site of the bed bug bite.
Does Bed Bug Insecticide Harm The Environment?
Conventional insecticides do contain environmentally unfriendly ingredients. These chemicals do pose some environmental risks, which are possible to avoid with the right safety measures. One safety measure is EPA-approved pest control products. The Environmental Protection Agency “EPA” is a federal agency that oversees pesticide activity thin the US borders.
To protect our clients during conventional bed bug treatment, the impacted home must be vacated in advance. Our clients should be fully prepared to vacate their homes, thanks to the initial consultation.
Do Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Products Offer Relief From Bed Bug Infestation?
It depends on the severity of the bed bug problem. Over-the-counter pesticides are low potency formulas capable of only eradicating a few handfuls of bed bugs on each treatment. A bed bug colony can have hundreds of members, dozens before the signs are detected.
Once the colony has hundreds of members, do-it-yourself pest control products will be ineffective.
How To Prevent A Repeat Home Infiltration By Bed Bugs?
Bed bug infiltration starts with in-depth research. People who frequently travel are at the highest risk of a bed bug encounter. This especially applies to those who book their stay in travel accommodations like hotels, roadside inns, and bed & breakfasts. Thousands of hotel management companies report bed bug infiltrations and infestations each year.
Staying one step ahead of the bed bug is crucial when visiting high-risk facilities. Knowing how to conduct visual assessments from the entrance is key to avoid becoming the next victim.
If the room is deemed bedbug-free, it is okay to enter without delay. However, it is important to continue monitoring for signs of bed bugs during your stay.