Bed Bugs FAQs
Bed bugs are tiny, flat, parasitic organism scientifically known as (Cimex lectularius). They are wingless, reddish-brown in color and their size is almost like an apple seed. Bed bugs feed on human’s blood and can survive several months without feeding (blood meal).
Where Bed Bugs Found?
Bed bugs are found everywhere on the face of planet (America, Africa, Asia and Europe). Bed bug infestations are becoming an epidemic problem in developing countries but infestations are now rapidly spreading in parts of the USA, Canada, UK, and other regions of Europe. Bedbug’s presence is not associated with the cleanliness (hygiene) because they have been also found in famous five-star resorts and hotel.
Bed bug infestations usually occur in homes, apartments, rooming houses, shelters, hotels, cruise ships, trains, buses, and dorm rooms because these are the places where human spend most of time. They hide in seams of mattresses, bed frames, box springs, headboards, dresser tables, behind wallpaper, inside cracks or crevices or any object or clutters around their feeding area. Researches show that bed bugs can travel over hundred feet during a night but they tend to reside within 8 feet of their feeding area.
Do Bed Bugs Cause Diseases?
Bedbugs are not known to transfer infectious disease but they are very annoyance because their bites cause itching and result in loss of sleep. If a person excessively scratch bed bug bites it can result in a secondary skin infection (allergic reaction).
Signs of Bed Bug Infestations
The easiest ways to detect bed bug infestation is by the bite marks on the body (face, neck, arms, hands, legs etc.). However, in some people bed bug bites may take 5-10 days to develop so it is important to look for other signs.
Bed bug signs include:
- Bedbugs’ exoskeletons after molting,
- Bed bugs in the fold of sheets and mattresses.
- Blood-filled fecal material (rusty–colored blood spots) on the mattress or furniture, and
- Sweet musty odor (if infestation is intense).
How Do Bed Bug Bites?
Before biting bed bug inject an anticoagulant fluid that prevents people from realizing that he/she is being bitten. Bite marks looks similar to mosquito bite or a flea bite. Bug bites affect people differently, some may have no reaction while other people may be allergic to the bites and can react adversely.
How To Treat Bed Bug Bites?
Bedbug bites do not pose serious medical threats. The best way to deal a bug bite is to avoid scratching them and apply antiseptic lotions or creams and take an antihistamine
How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs have slim flat bodies which allow them to hide into the smallest spaces and they can live for a long periods of time without a blood meal. Bedbugs are transported from one place to other place as people travel. They travel in the bedding, folds and seams of luggage, overnight bags, furniture, folded clothes, and any other object where they can hide.
Who is At Risk For Bed Bug Infestation?
Everyone is at risk for bed bug infestation when visiting an infested location. However, the people who frequently travels and shares sleeping and living quarters has a higher risk of spreading a bed bug infestation.
How Are Bed Bugs Treated and Prevented?
Usually people treat bed bug with insecticide spraying but this method is no more effective as researches proved that bedbugs developed resistant (immunity) against pesticide sprays. If you suspect infestation in your residential or commercial property, always contact a reputed and professional Pest Control Company that uses heat to kill bed bugs and their eggs.