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Bed Bugs

Bed Bug ExterminatorsBed bugs sole food source is the blood of warm blooded animals and humans. An adult bed bug is about 1/5 inch long and 1/8 inch wide. Its reddish-brown to mahogany colored body is greatly flattened and oval shaped. After feeding, the bug's body enlarges considerable, becoming longer and much less flattened. Although the body is covered with tiny hairs, these hairs are so small that they are almost invisible to the naked eye, so the general body appearance is shiny. Bed bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts that enable them to pierce the skin and suck blood from their hosts. Bed bug eggs are elongated and usually attached to an available surface when laid. Eggs are not known to be placed directly on the host's body but are typically found on the surfaces near where the host sleeps or nests. Each female lays about 2 eggs per day until she has laid approximately 200. At normal room temperatures these eggs will hatch in 6 to 17 days, producing small, almost colorless nymphs that have the general body appearance of the adult. Bed bugs will mate soon after becoming mature, so the time from egg hatch to egg lying will often be 4 to 9 weeks.

Bed bugs are hardy insects. Both adults and nymphs can survive prolonged periods without food or under adverse temperature conditions. Adults can live for a year or longer without feeding and can survive over winter in an unheated building.

Humans are the preferred host for the common bed bug, but it will feed readily on other animals, such as poultry, mice, rats, dogs and cats when necessary. Bed bugs normally feed at night but will feed during daylight hours in places such as theaters, offices, and rest rooms.

Controlling Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are usually controlled using insecticide spray or dust applications, although extreme cases the premises may be fumigated. Bed linens should never be sprayed, and mattresses should be treated only at the seams, folds, buttons, or tears. While nonresidual formulations should be used on the bedding surfaces where direct contact with humans occur, formulations with more extended residual action can be used away from the bedding. In recent years some of the residual organophosphate and carbamate insecticides that were more effective and preferred for control of bed bugs have been removed from the marketplace, so professionals must choose from a limited number of products containing permethrin or other residual pyrethroids. Treatment must be applied to all areas where bed bugs hide. Other than the mattresses on beds, pay particular attention to hollow bed frames and springs, and including inside any small coils that may be visible. Treat box springs, bed frames, headboards, baseboards, around all window and door casings as a minimum treatment. All bedside furniture is also essential to achieve adequate control. The mattresses and box springs must either be encased in an approved bed bug cover or thrown out to ensure they will not re-infest. The cost of these treatments can be quite expensive and exhaustive in nature so it is important to inspect beds and living areas often. Never stay somewhere away from home without a through inspection of the bed headboard and keep your suitcases off the bed when staying at hotels. They are great hitchhikers and you may return with more than you bargained for.

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