Bed Bugs | Pest Control for Bed Bugs
Do you have a bed bug problem in your home or property? Do you need a bed bug pest control company to resolve any bed bug issues? “Sleep tight and don’t let the BED BUGS bite”. That is what my Grandma used to say (we have all heard it). Were bed bugs real or was grandma just making it up? I was little and believed everything my grandma said. If she told that bed bugs were going to get me if I wasn’t on my guard then I would stay awake all night (or as long as I could) to fight them off. No bed bug monster was going to get me!
Learn more about bed bugs below:
Myths and realities about bed bugs
Well, grandma was right. Bed bugs were a real threat and have been for thousands of years with just as many home remedies for ridding them including, black pepper, turpentine, plant fungi, tobacco, fly agaric, heated oil of terebinthina, henna, smoke from peat moss, putting your bed posts in bowls of beer, etc, etc. I have never heard of some of these things and unfortunately they were not very successful in dissuading the dauntless bed bugs from making their way to their prey.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are parasitic insects with razor sharp mandibuls that allow them to cut through skin and pierce blood vessels in order to feast on the blood of their host animal, preferably humans. Fortunately bed bugs are not known to carry disease harmful to humans however their bites can turn into rashes and become infected. Psychologically, the thought of waking up in the morning to the tracks of blood sucking insects feasting on you or your family in the night is very unnerving. They tend to stay close to their host for a convenient snack in the middle of the night however they can live up to a year without eating. They will be found hiding in bedding, furniture, luggage, theater seats, clothing stores, and on animals. They prefer soft surfaces rather than hard but can be found hiding almost anywhere.
Varieties of Bed Bugs
There are many varieties of bed bugs whose life spans vary depending on the species. The bed bugs we are most familiar with are about ¼ inch long and adults are dark red in color. They go through six life stages as they hatch from eggs and grow to maturity. At the end of each cycle, they shed their outer shell. Finding these shells which look like clear exoskeletons of the insect itself is one way of determining if you have a bed bug infestation. They also have an odor similar to over ripe raspberries for which trained dogs are invaluable in ferreting out the invaders.
How concerned should you be about Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs were not a big concern and seldom heard of when we had DDT and other pesticides at our disposal. Since DDT and certain pesticides harmful to the environment were banned or became a controlled substance, bed bugs have flourished. People travel the world now with ease and bring bed bugs home with them in luggage or on their clothes. They have become epidemic in proportion, sending fear through the hearts of hoteliers and clothing stores that are often put out of business when word gets out of their bed bug infestations.
How to get rid of Bed Bugs?
There are still many new products and ancient remedies ready to be applied but most are a waste of time and money. Fortunately there is a way of killing the beasts with extreme cold or elevated heat. Since it is impossible for most of us to achieve the necessary temperature of -26 degrees inside our home for at least 15 minutes, heating our homes to 115 degrees is a plausible option. Obviously this takes special equipment and training but it is the one tried and true method of ridding your home of these intruders without having to burn your house down out of pure frustration. To completely rid your home of bed bugs, you should contact one of our bed bug pest control professionals serving your area.