What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are human parasites and have existed for thousands of years. Around the 1940s, they were mostly eradicated in the developed world, but have increased in prevalence since the mid 1990’s, likely due to pesticide resistance, effective pesticides that are no longer manufactured and easy access to international travel. Because infestation of human habitats has begun to increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have also been on the rise.
Where Do They Live?
Bed bugs do not live in colonies, but tend to congregate once established. They spend only a tiny fraction of their life physically attached to hosts. Once a bed bug finishes feeding, it relocates to a place close to the host, commonly in or near beds, couches or other furniture in clusters of adults, juveniles and eggs. Harborage areas can vary, including luggage, inside of vehicles, within furniture, amongst bedside clutter, even inside electrical sockets and nearby electronics. They are also capable of surviving on domestic cats and dogs, though humans are the preferred host.
How Did I Get Them?
Bed bugs do not live outdoors or away from people, their primary food source, so for them to be introduced to your home or business they must be carried in. You can pick them up from hotels, used furniture or sleep overs. The possibilities are endless.
Can They Make Me Sick?
Reactions to bed bug bites vary drastically, from no reaction or a skin rash to psychological effects or severe allergic reactions. Bed bugs are not known to transmit any pathogens.
How Can Bed Bugs Be Treated?
There are 2 ways bed bugs can be treated, these are by using insecticide or heat. Heat treatments are a one-time treatment that will kill the bed bugs that are exposed to the high temperatures in the areas heated. Once the area is cooled down there is nothing left behind to prevent reinfestation.
We choose to use insecticides, which include liquid and dust products. These products will leave a residual to continue killing bed bugs in treated areas and will help to prevent reinfestations.
Think you have Bed Bugs?
Give us a call to schedule a free bed bug evaluation. We will discuss what treatment will be best for you. Then sit back and relax, you’re in good hands.