Improper Ways to Fight a Bed Bug Infestation

When bed bugs attack a home, people tend to panic and do things that are more harmful to themselves than the bed bugs. Read this interview to learn about things you shouldn’t do when fighting a bed bug infestation.

 

bed bug crawling across skinBoruch: Howdy, and thanks for listening to another episode of “Day in the Life of Dovid Davis Pest Specialist.” Tonight Dovid will be enumerating things you should not do when fighting a bed bug infestation. This is a follow-up to a previous podcast in which Dovid talked about things you should do when fighting bed bugs. You will remember that the first thing to do after you discover that you have bed bugs is to wash your bedding in very hot water. Then you want to apply heat to the seams of your mattress with a blow dryer with twelve hundred to fifteen hundred watts of power. Next, block bed bugs from climbing onto your bed by applying a layer of Vaseline around each leg or all around the frame of the bed. Lastly, place a mattress cover on your mattress. Now it’s time to hear from Dovid about things we shouldn’t do when fighting bed bugs.

Hello Dovid, it’s good to have you with us.

Dovid: It’s good to be here.

Boruch: Please tell the listeners about pitfalls they should avoid when treating bed bugs.

Dovid: The first thing you should definitely not do is to ignore warnings and instructions on the labels of any products you are using. So you should be sure that every product you use is specifically labeled for use against bed bugs.  Anti bed bug products may be sold as a concentrate, which needs to be diluted, or as a ready to use product. Just remember that the label is describing the lawful use of the product and is there for you. You’ll see my point if you consider the use of diatomaceous earth. This is a natural product that comes from the soil, and you can purchase it in most garden stores or home depot type places. But make sure to read its label. The label will list bed bug eradication as a product indication. Diatomaceous earth is a helpful product; however, it won’t eliminate bed bugs. Importantly, the label warning specifically tells you not to sprinkle the product in an area where there may be human contact. Specifically, do not sprinkle the product around your baseboards, on a part of the mattress where your face or unclothed body will be lying, or in an area such as a doorway, where the wind can pick it up and cause you to inhale it.

Bed Bug Extermination

In the modern vernacular, bed bug extermination has come to have the same meaning as bed bug eradication, and bed bug control. With respect to its historical roots, however, bed bug extermination has its own unique emphasis. As we shall see, it is most particularly related to steps we take keeping bed bugs out of our living environment.

Exterminate originally meant to drive away and comes from the Latin exterminatus, the past participle of exterminare “drive out, expel, drive beyond boundaries. The word breaks down into the two Latin words ex and termine from ex meaning “out of” and termine the ablative of termen “boundary, limit, end”

In practical terms, once bed bugs have entered the home, the only alternative is to kill them with thorough pest eradication. There is no magical pied piper who can successfully drive bed bugs out of the home. However, if you are a homeowner, there are steps you can take to prevent them from entering your house in the first place.

Bed bugs generally enter homes by hitching a ride on clothes, bedding, used furniture, or other type of fabric or cloth object, such as a suitcase, that has been in the public sector. But their means of conveyance are not limited to these objects.  For example, bed bugs have been known to enter a home hidden within  the pages of a library book. Between blood meals, bed bugs are so thin they can fit into almost any object they have access to , so if you are truly diligent about protecting your home from bed bugs, yo have to inspect almost any object that has been exposed to the public, including your own clothes and suitcases.

A review of recent articles about the spread of bed bugs does reveal a general pattern of public spread. Bed bugs will frequently leave a contaminated home on the clothes of an occupant, and then drop off that person in a public sector. Bed bugs traveling this way have been found in libraries, hospitals, fire houses, buses, airplanes, and just about any public area where people sit and congregate. If not detected, they can subsequently latch on to the clothing of another person and thereby enter his home. It only takes one pregnant female to infest a dwelling,  so this can be a very successful form of spread for bed bugs.

In addition to spread via clothing, bed bugs often enter new homes via used furniture, rugs or any second hand item. Bed bugs also are found in public places such as hotels and camps. They like to attach to used clothes and suitcases. People who have been in public places like these need to inspect their luggage and clothing very carefully when returning home.  All clothes which has just returned from a trip to a public place can be rendered bed bug free by placing them in the dryer for 10 minutes at high temperature. This will kill any bed bugs.

If you are going on a trip and  will be staying in a public hotel, you can find out if there are any reports of bed bugs sightings in that hotel by searching on the Bed Bug Registry By following the inspection procedures outlined in this article, you can successfully keep the borders of your domicile bed bug free.

 

 

 

 

America Still Battling With a Bedbug Infestation

Baltimore Bedbug Control

3 Bedbugs Sit on a Human Finger

We must recognize, reports Dovid David, a Baltimore pest control expert and Director of A # 1 Pest Control that we are suffering from an epidemic infestation of bedbugs, so severe that they are now being encountered in taxis, in the public bus system, in summer camps, and throughout the country. While bedbug bites don’t itch or cause pain, they are recognizable as bumps all over the body, which occur on a nightly basis. It is possible to differentiate between a bedbug bite and a spider bite by close examination of the bump. Spider bites have two little holes. Mosquitoes leave a red bump with no holes, but are accompanied by pain and itching. But bedbugs leave a mark without holes, pain or itching. Dovid Davis advises that if anyone finds that he has bites over his body for 1,2,3 or 4 nights running, he should first look for evidence of a spider bite. If he doesn’t find any spiders, and the bumps do not have two holes, and he is not suffering from the pain and itching, he should think of bedbugs. Another sign of bedbugs are little tiny droplets of blood on the sheets. If there are body bites on the upper torso,then smears of blood may be found on the upper sheet. If the bites were in the lower part of the body, then expect smears of blood on the lower sheets. Bedbug bites frequently go unnoticed for some time, because of the lack of pain and itching. According to Davis, some people don’t realize they have an infestation until a neighbor tells them in casual conversation that bed bugs have been found in the neighborhood. He subsequently checks himself, and finds the bite marks. While bed bug infestation is not deadly, it is annoying, and can lead to allergic reactions. Bedbugs spread rapidly, as well.They breed ferociously, and sometimes, at night, you will feel them crawling on you, which make it hard to sleep. If you suspect that your house is infected with bedbugs, it is best to call a pest specialist. A trained specialist will do a thorough check of your home to locate the sources of the infestation, and will apply the proper treatment, and especially to the bedroom areas. A # 1 Pest Control has a program specifically designed to irradiate your house of these pests. Contact us today for a free estimate.

Bedbugs: The Menace that has Returned

Bedbug control Baltimore

A Bedbug

A decade or two ago, bedbugs had all but disappeared as a major American pest. Then they began to return, and within the last few years their presence in American homes has burgeoned into a modern pest epidemic. What are bedbugs, what are their life habits, and why have they returned, that is the subject of this article.

Bedbugs are classified as part of the insect family Cimicidae. Three bedbug species feed on people. The most important bedbug species in human infestations is Cimex lectularius. Bedbugs may infest any type of warm-blooded mammal, such as bats, birds, and mice.

Cimex lectularius is most usually found in the northern temperate weather of North America . Europe, and Central Asia and is most easily adapted to city dwelling areas. It dwells less often in southern temperate regions. In Florida and tropical areas it is replaced by C. hemipterus. At one time, thanks to effective insecticides such as DDT, bedbug infestations were greatly diminished in number. In recent years, however, because of the ban on the most powerful insecticides, greater urban congestion and the increase in international travel, bedbugs have made a comeback.

IDENTIFICATION AND LIFE CYCLE

Adult bedbugs are wingless 1/5 inch long oval rusty red or mahogany in color. Bedbug bodies are very thin and they have long antennae. Bedbug eyes are tiny, and the area behind their head expands forward on either side giving the appearance of a renaissance ruff collar. The immature bedbug appear identical to the adults except for their size, thinner cuticle, and a lighter, yellowish white color. Bedbugs are readily distinguished from kissing bugs, the vector of Chagas disease by their smaller size, more rounded shape, and lack of wings as adults.

Bedbugs are known for spread rapidly because even a single pregnant female can infest a home. This is because the female bedbug lays anywhere from 200 to 500 eggs (in batches of 10 to 50). They lay their eggs in very commonly available places, including rough surfaces such as wood or paper. Bedbug eggs are covered with a sticky substance and hatch in about 10 days. Even after the egg hatches, the shells frequently remain on the substrate. Subsequently, bedbugs pass through five nymphal stages of growth. Bedbug nymphs require a single blood meal before molting to the next stage. The entire bedbug life cycle from egg to adult stretches over a span of time lasting anywhere from 5 weeks to 4 months, depending on temperature. Bedbugs develop more rapidly in a warm climate with thermometry readings between 72 to 80 degrees. Both bedbug nymphs and adults usually feed on mammals at night and hide in dark places during the day. Common bedbug hiding places include mattresses and box spring seams, cracks in bed frames, behind loose wallpaper, on the back of picture frames, and inside sofa and chair fabric covering.

Bedbugs can live for 80 to 140 days without any external nutrition; bedbugs at later stages of development can survive longer without nutrition than younger bedbugs. Adult bedbugs have survived without food for as long as 550 days. An adult bedbug can ingest six times its bodily weight in blood, and a bed bug blood snack can extend 3 to 10 minutes. Mature bedbugs live about 10 months and because of the average age when bedbugs start breeding there can be up to 3 to 4 generations of bedbugs during the course of a year.

Bed bugs may be picked up in theaters,  buses,  trains, and other public places, and subsequently brought into the home on clothing, bedding, luggage, or even firewood. Additionally, although much less commonly, bed bugs that feed on other mammals and birds, (chickens, mice, rats, and rabbits), that live near the home may under some circumstances feed on humans if, for example, their primary hosts disappear.