Bed Bug
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Aрреаrаnсе

Bеd bugs аrе flat, rеddіѕh-brоwn, оvаl іnѕесtѕ uр tо 4 tо 5 mm lоng or thе size of аn аррlе seed. Swollen аnd reddish after a blood mеаl. Fоr more іnfоrmаtіоn, ѕее what do bed bugѕ lооk like?

Bеhаvіоr, Dіеt & Habits

Bed bugs оnlу fееd on blood. Undеr сооl соndіtіоnѕ, bеd bugs hаvе bееn аblе tо survive uр to a уеаr wіthоut a mеаl. They рrеfеr tо bе more асtіvе аt nіght when the hоѕt is аѕlеер.
Bеd bugѕ are found іn сrасkѕ аnd сrеvісеѕ, іnсludіng mаttrеѕѕ ѕеаmѕ, ѕhееtѕ, furnіturе, behind baseboards, еlесtrісаl оutlеt plates аnd рісturе frаmеѕ. Oftеn found in hоtеlѕ, where thеу саn travel frоm room to rооm and іn visitors’ luggаgе оr other реrѕоnаl bеlоngіngѕ ѕuсh аѕ рurѕеѕ аnd brіеfсаѕеѕ.

Sіgnѕ of a Bеd Bug Infеѕtаtіоn

 

  • Sееіng the bugѕ: Adult bеd bugѕ are аbоut thе shape аnd ѕіzе оf аn аррlе ѕееd.
  • Cаѕе ѕkіnѕ: Aѕ thе juvеnіlе bugѕ grоw, thеу shed thеіr ѕkіnѕ, discovery оf whісh саn іndісаtе thеіr presence.
  • Dеfесаtіоn: After feeding, bеd bugѕ rеturn to thеіr hаrbоrаgе tо hide where thеу defecate black to brown ѕtаіnѕ оn роrоuѕ ѕurfасеѕ оr blасk tо brown mоundѕ оn nоnроrоuѕ ѕurfасеѕ.
  • Bites аlѕо mау indicate bеd bug асtіvіtу, but furthеr ѕіgnѕ will nееd to bе fоund, since оthеr ѕоurсеѕ саn cause rеd welts оn the ѕkіn.

How do уоu gеt bed bugѕ?

Yоu саn рісk uр bеd bugѕ аlmоѕt аnуwhеrе — оffісеѕ, ѕtоrеѕ, hotels аnd gуmѕ fоr starters. They’re grеаt аt hіdіng аnd have bееn knоwn to hitchhike іn luggage, реrѕоnаl bеlоngіngѕ оr еvеn you. Onсе іndооrѕ, they can bе vеrу dіffісult tо соntrоl wіthоut thе help оf аn еxреrіеnсеd pest specialist. You саn reduce уоur сhаnсеѕ оf a costly bеd bug іnfеѕtаtіоn by catching them еаrlу.

Tірѕ

Rеmоvе аll сluttеr from your home, which mаkеѕ finding bed bugѕ еаѕіеr.
Wash аnd drу уоur bеd lіnеnѕ оn thе hottest temperature реrmіttеd.
Closely іnѕресt аnу ѕесоnd-hаnd furnіturе before brіngіng іt in уоur hоmе.
Inѕресt уоur hоmе аftеr mоvіng, trірѕ, ѕеrvісе саllѕ оr оvеrnіght guеѕtѕ.

Hоw serious аrе bed bugѕ?

There are many people these days, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, who lose sleep on account of bed bugs, even though the majority of them might not even realize that they have these pesky insects in their house at all. Why? These pests are so tiny, that unless you see them crawling on your skin, you would think you have been bitten by another possible kind of bug. And despite the fact they are not regarded as pests that can infect humans with diseases, you should not take them for granted because apart from making you lose hours of sleep, they could cost you a lot of money as well.

What are bed bugs?

A Bed bug is a parasitic insect that survives by feeding on the blood of its hosts, which are generally humans. It is so tiny, and it’s abdomen is flat and elongated. It is nocturnal, which suggest that it is mainly active at night, while folks at home are already asleep. Because of the small size of the bed bugs, they could conceal themselves anywhere, probably in tiny cracks or openings so it would not be easy to see one during day time. These pests are called bed bugs due to the fact their desired feeding grounds is the room where people sleep.

Symptoms of bed bug infestation

As pointed out, bed bugs are difficult to detect. They are so miniscule, so it would take a lot of effort to catch them around the house. But even though you can’t see them, it doesn’t mean that they are not present. Bed bugs are blood-sucking animals, so questionable skin bite marks which are itchy and reddish in color could be a sign that you have been bitten by one. But, not everyone has similar response when bitten by bed bugs. Other people gets rashes, while there are those who get red swelling on the skin. But there are those who don’t show any external body changes.
Skin rashes, and itchy red marks on the skin are not very reliable indications of bedbug infestation because bite marks by other insects likewise have similar characteristics. That is why to be clearly sure that your home is invaded by bed bugs you should also look for various other symptoms, like:
Blood or rusty stains on your bedding, which happens when an engorged bed bug is flattened.
Dark spots on the bedding, which are really droppings of bed bugs.
Cast skin of bed bugs; these pests shed their skins when they increase in size as a consequence of molting.

Symptoms of bed bug infestation

As pointed out, bed bugs are difficult to detect. They are so miniscule, so it would take a lot of effort to catch them around the house. But even though you can’t see them, it doesn’t mean that they are not present. Bed bugs are blood-sucking animals, so questionable skin bite marks which are itchy and reddish in color could be a sign that you have been bitten by one. But, not everyone has similar response when bitten by bed bugs. Other people gets rashes, while there are those who get red swelling on the skin. But there are those who don’t show any external body changes.
Skin rashes, and itchy red marks on the skin are not very reliable indications of bedbug infestation because bite marks by other insects likewise have similar characteristics. That is why to be clearly sure that your home is invaded by bed bugs you should also look for various other symptoms, like:
Blood or rusty stains on your bedding, which happens when an engorged bed bug is flattened.
Dark spots on the bedding, which are really droppings of bed bugs.
Cast skin of bed bugs; these pests shed their skins when they increase in size as a consequence of molting.

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

If you think that your home contains a lot of bed bugs, take action right away. Bed bugs reproduce exponentially for short period of time. Unless you take steps to clean your house of their presence, they will just continue to grow in numbers. What must you do? Of course, you can always get the services of professional exterminators. But, their services are expensive. If you have limited resources though, you can always try to do the job yourself.
The first step is to clean your house systematically. Because bed bugs remain on areas where humans take a rest to sleep, you have to pay extra attention when cleaning the bedrooms. To clean the bedding or any cloth that is infected by bed bugs, use hot water. Also, clean the mattress by hard rubbing prior to using the vacuum to ensure that you remove all the bed bugs and their eggs. After cleaning the house using the vacuum cleaner put the wastes in the garbage can outside the house. You don’t like the bed bugs to get inside the house, right? Lastly, repair cracks in wood moldings, especially the tiny crevices in the bed frames where bed bugs could stay and hide. Be certain that you fix the gaps; or else you would not be able to drive away these pests.

Prevention

Getting rid of bed bugs is a lot of work. If you don’t want to personally do the cleaning, the only other choice is to acquire the services of professional exterminators, and for that you will have to spend so much. In order to prevent the bed bugs from infecting your house, you should cultivate habits to prevent that from happening again.
Clean your beds. Change your sheets regularly and wash them immediately. Do not allow dirty bed sheets to just lie around. If you have saved some money, you may also buy a mattress protector since it can keep the pests away. Also, you can wash the mattress protector when it has become dirty with use. It would also contribute a lot if you keep your room bright and open so that fresh air can freely come inside. Bed bugs don’t like light and fresh air.
In addition to all of that, if you like to travel a lot, make sure that when you come home after your trip you don’t bring a horde of bed bugs with you. Check your luggage to ensure that they are free from any bed bugs.

Real Picture of Bed Bugs

Over the past few years, it has become fashionable to buy furniture that is second-hand.  This may be on account of the gain in garage sales along with the ‘recycling’ culture that we now seem to have adopted.  Should you buy second-hand furniture, you could discover that you are getting much more than you bargained for in the kind of little hitchhikers that will love your new residence, as far as you do.  These uninvited guests may, in fact, be bed bugs!  You might have thought that these animals had been consigned to the Victorian era of a Charles Dickens book.
 Well, like many things nowadays, bed bugs have been making a comeback tour, and it might be to your property.  Because of this, you’d be quite sensible to thoroughly inspect any second-hand things that you buy, especially if you’re not sure about their origin.  This is the only method to guarantee bed bugs prevention in the home. 
This is not the only means that bed bugs can get in your residence.  Bed bugs have been found wherever people sleep at a property.  They can be taken to the home on luggage brought in after a stay in an uphill hotel.  In rare instances, they can also be worn in on a person’s clothes. They are mainly active during the evening and are known as nocturnal animals.  Bed bugs spend the majority of their time hidden in areas such as floor cracks, under carpets and behind loose wallpaper or pictures, free skirting boards and door frames, and any other structures located in infested rooms.  They usually appear in the seams, piping and buttons of mattresses.  Modern buildings, sadly, allow bed bugs to maneuver between joined houses and apartments readily.  This disperses the issue from the original infestation. The secret to analyzing your furniture can identify if bed bugs are found.  Bed bug identity requires knowledge of that which bed bugs appear to be. 
Looking at the picture of a common bed bug, it also could be described as a wingless moment bug using a flattened oval shape that’s about 6 mm in length.  It appears pale brownish in coloration but later becomes red-brown after sucking blood.  You will find large antennae and a mouth at the face area that is for piercing and sensitivity the skin.  They’re small variations of the adult, which grow by shedding their skin and also enlarging in size in a procedure called ecdysis or moulting.  This can occur up to five times until it becomes an adult bedbug. 
 
Young nymphs are nearly colorless but eventually become brown in color as they are older. The interesting truth is that bed bugs can crawl up vertical surfaces like paper, wood and plaster but cannot climb smooth polished surfaces.  Bed bugs only feed on blood vessels. They usually feed every three to four days and only when it is dark.  They prefer human blood, but it’s been discovered they can live on blood from other animals like rodents, rabbits and even dogs and cats.  Unfortunately, they could survive up to a year without feeding, which increases the difficulty in removing them.   
Seeing bed bugs in your area are the usual way people identify that they have an issue.  Other indications of bed bugs will be the pest’s faeces on bed linen and bed frames as well as near crevices and cracks.  Whether there are enormous quantities of bed bugs in the room, then there’s also typically a somewhat unpleasant smell of onions. The therapy has to be very thorough.  The insecticide needs to be implemented to all cracks and crevices where bed bugs might be hiding.  It is possible to dilute the insecticide using water for spraying onto mattresses. 
Insecticide dust should not be applied to beds.  All bed linen should be washed at the hottest temperature the material will enable.  You should then avoid vacuuming for many days.  It’s important to check for many weeks later to ensure that the treatment has been successful.  Hopefully, your bed bugs extermination will be complete.

Bed bugs infest areas used for sleeping such as mattresses, bed frames, underlay and even in drawers, particularly if bedding is kept in drawers and cupboards.

 

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Due to their slim bodies, bed bugs can easily slip through tiny spaces and be transported from place to place.
Bed bugs infest areas used for sleeping such as mattresses, bed frames, underlay and even in drawers, particularly if bedding is kept in drawers and cupboards.

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