The Cimicidae family is where the insects known as bedbugs come from. These insects feed on warm blooded creatures such as humans and animals. Usually found in areas where their hosts sleep, they do not like daylight hours and normally come out at night. Their presence is usually discovered when their hosts develop red itchy patches on their skin.
The cimicidae family is thought to be made up of around one hundred species. The most common species being the one that feeds off human blood. Other species prefer tropical regions and others like to make bats or poultry their food of choice.
The color of the insects vary from when it is first hatched as a translucent light color, as they age, they become a darker brown color. A fully grown adult grows to about 5mm long and up to 3mm in width. The appearance of an adult is usually a reddish brown color, flat and wingless.
They feed by sucking the blood of their prey, they pierce the skin with their two feeding tubes. One of the tubes sucks the blood from its host, while the other it injects an anti blood clotting agent and anesthetic through its saliva. The insect usually feeds of its host for about five minutes before it goes back to its hiding place. It is normal for the insects to feed once or twice a week but they can go for many months without feeding.
It takes the body many hours to react to the chemicals that have been injected into it, so it is therefore a while after being bitten that the human usually sees the evidence which usually appears as a red and itchy rash. The host can become very ill as a result of the bite, however this is usually in rare cases.
Products to help deal with the itchy rash are available on the market, these have ingredients which calm the itch and reduce the urge to scratch. The products are available in creams, lotions and sprays. Medications to be taken orally are also available for people who suffer from the chemicals causing a bad reaction.
If you notice marks on your bed sheets that look like feces or blood spots, these could be marks left by these pests. You may have to call in the exterminators if you discover an infestation. To help prevent these insects from invading your home, you should clean and vacuum daily, and as part of your cleaning routine you should include a thorough vacuuming of the mattress. Homes with pets also need to treat these pets as the insects could be feasting off the animals.
Bed bugs are notoriously hard to get rid of. Once they move in it can be a nightmare trying to get them back out. These parasitic insects are phenomenal hiders. Finding an effective bed bug killer however, is not a difficult as most available information would lead you to believe.
Man has dealt with bed bugs since the beginning of his time. It is suspected that this is why it was a common practice to keep a boiling pot of water in the home. This allowed families to routinely dunk clothing and bed coverings into the hot water to help eradicate bed bugs.
Bed bug infestations are becoming a common problem and more and more households are on the hunt for ways to eliminate their bed bug problems without the use of harsh pesticides and certainly without having to spend a ton of money. By resorting to methods that were formerly successful people can avoid chemical sprays within the home. They can also save quite a few dollars.
One free and very easy method to use is heat. At very high temperatures these bugs simply cannot survive. The key aspect of this method of treatment is using the right amount of heat without damaging your belongings.
Submerging clothes into a boiling pot of water is likely to make fabrics bleed and fade. It can also create staining of garments and surfaces, and may not be as effective a method when used in the typical modern, cluttered life. Besides, you really can’t dip your luggage into a huge pot of water very easily.
The application of heat is best done only at a certain interval, especially if you are hoping to use this as your sole method of bed bug treatment. By the time that you have a full blown infestation one of the most time saving things to do is to go ahead and enlist a professional are try a more offensive measure. Heat is best used when you know that you and your belongings have been exposed to bed bugs and you have not yet returned to your host. It can help you avoid bringing a bed bug problem into your own residence.
More often than not people come in contact with bed bugs at hostels, hotels, motels and the residences of friends. If you have returned from a suspicious overnight location the best thing to do when you return home is to leave all of your belongings in the car. Keep the windows rolled up and park the car directly in the sun. This method only really works on hot sunny days. The greenhouse effect will heat up the interior of the car quite rapidly. Leaving your items here for several hours will ensure that every bed bug is dead. If it is too cold outside for this, place your items into a high heat dryer and leave them there until they are painfully hot to your skin.
Heat has been and continues to be an efficient bed bug killer. Employing this method before these hitchhikers set up camp in your home is the best way to increase ineffectiveness. Once bed bugs have begun breeding and feeding inside your home it can be best to consult a professional.
A bed bug killer that doesn’t give you exposure to harmful chemicals and doesn’t drain your pocketbook is quick and easy to locate online. Bed bugs treatment can be accomplished if you are willing to work at it.
You’re invited to come and join the Bed Bug Bureau LIVE in Vancouver, BC on Monday November 23rd and Tuesday November 24th for the British Columbia Hospitality Industry Conference & Exposition!
We’ll be waiting for you in Booth #826 with presentations and free literature about our amazing bed bug treatment solution (you know… the one the exterminators don’t want you to know about!).
We’re so excited to be attending this conference and expect the turnout to be huge. Since it is focused on the hospitality industry we’re sure to see some of our commercial hotel clients. It’s going to be a blast and the weather is really mild so head out to the show. Stop by and say hey so we can put a face to your name.
We’ll also be circulating around the show all day long telling folks about our breakthrough Detect-Deter-Destroy solution for commercial bed bug management. If you have never seen one of our videos you’re in for a treat! We will have the big screen going the whole time so you can see first hand how easy it is for your cleaning and maintenance staff to manage bed bugs quietly as a simple daily housekeeping task — instead of shelling out millions on repeat exterminator visits.
We’ll also update the blog daily to let you know how the show is going and share any interesting stories we experience.
On behalf of the whole Bed Bug Bureau Covert Tactics Division, this is Field Intelligence Agent Dwayne Coots signing off for now!
See you at the British Columbia Hospitality Industry Conference & Exposition!