Don’t let the bed bugs bite
Remember that saying? You probably didn’t even believe there was such a thing as a bed bug. As a child my mother would always say, “don’t let the bed bugs bite” but until the last few years I had never actually seen a bed bug. Now they are everywhere, homes, apartments, hotels, dormitories even cruise ships. The United States is witnessing the largest outbreak of bed bugs since WWII.
Bed bugs are small, brownish, flattened insects about 3/16 of an inch long. They are blood feeders that like the warmth of sleeping humans. The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is the species most adapted to living with humans. Bed bugs have been around since ancient times but mostly eradicated, in the U.S., over the last 50 years.
Bed bugs are great hitchhikers. They can get in your luggage, clothing or furniture and move from place to place quite quickly. Once introduced into a building it is not long before the entire facility can be affected.
Their feeding time is at night when you are sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin through an elongated beak through which they draw blood. Feeding time can take anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes. After they feed they crawl off and return to the actual place where they reside. They do not live on the body like lice.
The good news: Varment Guard has been successfully controlling bed bugs in homes, apartments, hotels and dormitories since this problem reemerged a few years ago.
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BED BUGS – TRUTH OR MYTH?
We live in a time when bed bug infestations of residences, hotels, resorts and other venues are on the rise, worldwide. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation “out there” about bed bugs, so let’s take a look at this pest and separate the truths from the myths:
Bed bugs are an indication of poor sanitation and housekeeping habits. Truth or Myth?
Myth. Bed bugs can and do infest upscale residences in which the housekeeping is immaculate. Bed bugs do not discriminate by class or cleanliness. The only issue related to filth and clutter in a setting is that, once introduced, bed bugs will have more places in which to hide and a thorough inspection and treatment will be more difficult to perform.
If a homeowner or renter has a bed bug problem, the best thing to do is keep quiet about it.
Myth. Keeping quiet and being in denial about a bed bug infestation will only allow the problem to become worse. Eventually bed bugs will spread to neighboring residences or will be introduced to other locations where infested items are taken.
Bed bugs can transmit diseases to the people they bite.
Myth. Although bed bugs have been found to carry a variety of pathogenic viruses and bacteria on their bodies and in their digestive system, no evidence of bed bugs being able to transmit pathogens via their bite and feeding has been demonstrated. However, if bed bugs happen to crawl over- / get crushed on- an open wound, then there is a possibility that a pathogen can be introduced to the person in question.
Bed bugs feed on people exclusively.
Myth. When humans are not present, bed bugs have been found to accept birds, rodents, dogs, cats and other warm-blooded animals as secondary hosts.
Bed bugs are active and bite only at night.
Myth. Although bed bugs primarily are nocturnal, they are opportunistic as well. If a host is available only during daytime hours, then feeding will occur while the host is present. For example, a person who works third shift is not exempt from bed bug bites!
The increasing problem with bed bugs in the U.S. can be blamed entirely on visitors and immigrants from other countries.
Myth. Although bed bugs do hitchhike into the United States on visitors and immigrants from other countries, the rise in infestation is an internal problem as well.
Bed bugs are impossible to eliminate in a residence.
Myth. Bed bugs are difficult to control, but success can be achieved through a combination of 1) education, 2) cooperation, 3) thoroughness, 4) wise treatment choices and 5) perseverance.
It is possible to reliably treat a residence preventatively for bed bugs.
Myth. Although treatment of frame wall voids with residual insecticide dusts (e.g., diatomaceous earth) will help prevent future infestation of those sites by bed bugs, most insecticide residues fail to retain the level of toxicity, over a period of weeks and months post-application, that is necessary to kill newly-introduced bed bugs.