Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs
Scientific Name:Cimex lectularius
Color:Reddish-brown
Length:4 to 5 mm
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Bite:Yes
What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are one of those insects that are very tiny but can create huge problems in homes. The most common Bed Bugs are reddish brown in color with 6 legs and also have antennae. They’re flat and oval-shaped but become elongated after they are fed. These insects can be found throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States.

 

Bed Bugs are not deadly. To this day, there are no proven cases of Bed Bugs killing humans. They do carry diseases but they have no ability to transfer those diseases to humans. Truly, they are parasites as they feed on human and animal blood. So, as they may not be deadly, they do bite and those bite wounds are often itchy and red.

While Bed Bugs typically hide in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards, making it easier to access people at night when they are sleeping, they can also be found in other places as well. They can be found in homes, hotels, hospitals, offices, schools and even in your car. These insects do not have wings and only travel by hitching a ride on clothing, luggage, shoes or any items you may carry. They can also be hiding in used beds and couches. As they have flattened bodies, they are able to hide in very tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. They also can move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings. If allowed to reproduce and infest your home, they will spread out moving into any cracks and crevices that provide a protected location for them.

If you are living in a space that is slowly becoming overrun by Bed Bugs, it’s best to call a professional as home remedies will not eradicate the infestation. If you wait too long, you may come up against having to replace expensive items in your home such as mattresses, carpet or couches.

If you are fighting an uphill battle over Bed Bugs in your home, it’s time to call Watchdog Pest Control. Give us a call at (602) 842-5290 for assistance and we will be happy to do a FREE onsite inspection and determine what treatment would best work for you and your family.

Where Do Bed Bugs Live?

Bed Bugs are probably some of the most bothersome pests that could ever infest a home. Once one fertile female Bed Bug comes in, she can build a huge family of her own consisting of hundreds of these insects. From each female that she gives birth to, there’ll be even more Bed Bugs you would have to worry about reproducing and infesting your home quickly. Where do Bed Bugs live? Are they really found only in your bed and nowhere else? Where do they come from in the first place?

Bed Bugs are so difficult to deal with because they can come from pretty much everywhere. The myth that having found them in your home means you live in a dirty space is not true. As these insects live solely on blood, you are likely to find them in clean homes and hotel rooms as well as dirty ones. The only real way for them to enter your home is if you brought them in. They can come in on your clothes, shoes or luggage. They may even come from second-hand furniture that you thought was a great buy from a thrift store!

Bed Bugs love mattresses, bedding, and linen. They will hide in your bed frame, carpets, underneath your sofa and so many more places around your home. In fact, they don’t only live in homes. They can also be in your car, school, and office, but of course, they’re most troublesome in homes and hotels.

Where Are The Common Hiding Places For Bed Bugs?

Bed Bugs can be found throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and the United States. They are most commonly found in beds or mattresses but can also be found throughout other areas as well.

There are several types of Bed Bugs and they all like to feed on blood. While some types, the Mexican Chicken Bug for example, like to feed on animals, most feed off of human hosts. It is also important to accurately identify Bed Bugs as these insects do resemble other bugs. Sometimes it takes an expert to properly identify a Bed Bug to ensure proper treatment if you are facing an infestation. So where do they live?

Bed Bugs choose places that are close to their food which is why they are commonly found in mattresses, headboards and box springs.  As they are nocturnal creatures, they come out at night when their hosts are sleeping. If a home is heavily infested, Bed Bugs can be found anywhere, including seams of chairs, cushions on couches, folds of curtains and all cracks of crevices where you could slip a credit card.

What Kinds of Bed Bugs Live In My Area?

Bed Bugs are possibly one of the most annoying pests any homeowner can ever deal with. In Arizona, these insects are quite common.

The Cimex lectularius is the household bed bug. These are the most common in Arizona and the ones you will find infesting a home. The Cimex hemipterus is the tropical bed bug, which also likes human blood, and is more common in tropical weather regions. Bat bugs or the Cimex adjunctus are also common in tropical and warm climate areas. While they do feed on human blood sometimes, they prefer bat blood, hence the name bat bugs.

Bed Bug prevention and removal remain the same no matter their species. A major cleanup of your home is absolutely necessary and for larger infestations, it is best to call a professional as there is no home remedy that can handle a severe infestation.

What Damage Can Bed Bugs Inflict On You And Your Home?
Bed Bugs are very tiny insects that are common in many households and places of business all over the world. Because of their size, they may seem like harmless creatures, however, we’ve all heard of horror stories of homeowners involving their bed bug problems, which makes you wonder what kind of damage these tiny insects can inflict on your property.

 

If you notice even a minor Bed Bug problem in your home, it’s time to act on it. Harmless as they may seem, just one fertile female Bed Bug found on your property can start a huge infestation. These insects can produce multiple eggs every day and hundreds of babies in their lifetime.They will ruin your furniture, take over your expensive mattresses and leave bloodstains on your linens.

In addition, these Bed Bugs bite. If you wake up in the morning with strange red marks that are very itchy across your back, arms and other parts of your body, it’s possible you have Bed Bugs. While there are no proven cases yet that these insects transfer the diseases they carry to humans, they’re still considered parasites and their bites cause so much discomfort and itchiness.

What Do I Do If I Was Bitten By Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are great at hiding as they can fit anywhere a credit card can slip through. People can wake up with strange red marks that are very itchy yet can’t find the culprit that caused it. When this happens, there’s a possibility it was a Bed Bug. If you’ve never had a Bed Bug problem in your home and it’s determined that you do have them, they must have been carried from the outside along with your luggage, shoes or other items you bring home with you. Now the question is – what should you do if you were bitten by these insects?

 

A Bed Bug bite is usually red and swollen with a darker red dot in the middle. There may be hives or blisters that would appear in the area where the bites are. Since these parasites have quite a great appetite for blood, they tend to bite multiple times, usually grouped together in one small area of your body, or in a line. They can bite you on your back, arms, face, hands, legs — more so on those skin areas that remain exposed as you sleep.

It’s possible you may not notice these bites for a few days, or sometimes even weeks after. These bites aren’t really deadly or dangerous, but they can cause much discomfort and a whole lot of itchiness. To keep yourself from scratching, you may use an anti-itch cream or cold compress.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous For My Pets?
Most of us treat pets like family. If you  have an existing Bed Bug problem at home then you might be wondering if these insects are dangerous to your pets. Just like ticks and fleas, can your pets be infested by these Bed Bugs too? Would their flea collar be good enough as protection?

 

Bed bugs feed on human blood. They like biting skin areas where there is no fur. This is precisely why they would bite our arms, legs, neck, back, face and other parts of our body, but not our head full of hair. Because of this, Bed Bugs are harmless to your pets. If a Bed Bug does bite you pet for any reason, they will not transfer any disease so in a worst case scenario that they are bitten, they still would cause no harmful effects to your pets.

This doesn’t mean Bed Bugs are safe. After all, they can be continue to reproduce and infest your home, continuing to feed off of you and your family at night.

How Do You Prevent Bed Bugs From Invading Your Environment?
Truth be told, total Bed Bug prevention can be very challenging. It would mean having to control every single person entering your home and every single item you and the rest of your family members bring indoors. There’s not much you can do to stop these parasites from coming in, but you can do something to make sure that you can at least prevent them from multiplying and invading your environment greatly and removing them if you do find them.

Bed Bugs are found everywhere, but they like your bedroom the most. Why? Because they feed on human blood and they can do just that when you’re lying still on your bed while asleep. More often than not, they will hide in your mattress, bedding, bed frame, box spring, curtains and carpets.

To prevent Bed Bugs, you must do your best to keep your home clean at all times. Vacuum regularly and make sure no clutter is left behind. Bed Bugs don’t have wings and they can’t travel far either using their six tiny feet. They will stick to your shoes and your clothes. If you are purchasing used furniture or mattresses, make sure to have them thoroughly cleaned before entering your home. If you do see a Bed Bug, address it right away. They reproduce quickly and will take over your home before you know it.

What Can You Do If You Already Have Bed Bugs?
Some would claim they keep their homes very clean at all times yet they still end up with Bed Bugs infesting their mattresses and other pieces of furniture. Truth is, there’s no fool-proof way of preventing Bed Bugs from coming into your home. You can have a very clean home but happened to be somewhere else that had Bed Bugs and now they have hitched a ride into your home. Now the question is, what can you do if you already have Bed Bugs?

 

To completely get rid of these insects, you need to clean your house thoroughly. This includes stripping your beds, vacuuming all cracks and crevices and cleaning out your closets, all clothes and bedding. These insects do not only hide in bedding, but they can also infest carpets, bed frames, furniture, and more. Unfortunately there is no home remedy that will fully eradicate these parasites. You could maintain your home but will need to call a professional for a chemical treatment or heat treatment to fully eradicate. Chemical treatments are slightly less expensive but will take possibly two or more treatments to fully remove. Heat treatments are the most expensive but will only take one treatment to fully remove these insects from your home.

To best determine what treatment is right for you, call a professional and get a FREE inspection of your home. Sometimes we will recommend a heat treatment and sometimes we will recommend a chemical treatment based on the severity of the infestation.

When Are Bed Bugs Most Active?

Bed Bugs can be overwhelming to handle, especially with a severe infestation. They invade your home, multiply rapidly and can take over your living space very quickly. Working to eradicate Bed Bugs can be expensive depending on the severity. In extreme cases you may need to replace beds, carpet or furniture. When are Bed Bugs most active? Are they really around all year?

Truth is, there’s no official season for Bed Bugs however, you would find them more common during the summer and other holiday seasons because this is when people travel the most. Since Bed Bugs rely on you to transport them to your home, you would need to get on board an airplane or train or sleep in a hotel so they can attach to your luggage shoes or coat.

Bed Bugs are most active at night. They’re nocturnal insects meaning they sleep most of the day. They feed on human blood so they need you to be still and asleep so they can crawl on you and bite where it’s most convenient for them — your exposed skin areas like arms, legs, neck, face, etc.

To rid yourself of Bed Bugs completely, proper treatment and Bed Bug services are needed. it is recommended to call a professional as there is no home remedy that will eradicate them completely.

What Is The Birthing Cycle Of Bed Bugs?
One of the most bothersome and most difficult to control pests a household has to deal with are Bed Bugs. If Bed Bugs attach to humans through their shoes, luggage, coats and other items they take home from outdoors, how can there be too many in our home without us noticing that we’re bringing them in? What is the birthing cycle of bed bugs and how do they manage to reproduce and multiple greatly within such a short period of time?

 

To simplify, one fertile female Bed Bug can give you up to 5,000 bed bugs in your household. Note that this is just one female. Most likely, if you have seen Bed Bugs in your home, you have more than one female.

A female Bed Bug would rather go away from her original location after getting mated to avoid more mates. This is because over-mating can cause injury to the bug. However, it can also mate with her offspring the moment it has already fully matured. Of course, her offspring would also result in some females, which would also mate with the males in her offspring. And so, the infestation begins.

A Bed Bug egg cycle may only take 6 to 17 days to become hatched nymphs. Once these nymphs mature within just about 21 days on warm days such as what we have in Arizona most of the year, they can start mating. This is why there are larger and faster infestations of Bed Bugs in places with warmer climates.

To stop these insects from multiplying, call Bed Bug removal services right away.

What Is The History Of Bed Bugs?
“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” We’ve all heard of this saying for as long as many of us can even remember. Bed Bugs aren’t new insects at all. If you look into the history of Bed Bugs, you would be surprised at how they were mentioned in writing in ancient Greek history as early as 400 BC. With insects surviving through centuries of wars, extreme weather and climate changes, and more, you know for sure these Bed Bugs are here to stay.

 

They say that these bugs may have started in caves found in the Middle East where bats and humans used to live. Bed Bugs are found across Europe, Canada, Australia and United States. They are thought to have been brought to the States by early colonists, hitchhiking like they like to do on their clothes or shoes, where they ran rampant for many years unchecked. However, with the invention of the washing machine and vacuum coupled with the creation of pest control products, the infestation of Bed Bugs had greatly reduced.

It wasn’t until the 90’s that Bed Bugs began their resurgence. This was brought on by the increase in international travel and general lack of public awareness on how to rid themselves of these bugs. With new and improved products, we are able to identify and eradicate these bugs from your home.

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Bed Bugs can be hard to identify and eradicate without professional help. It’s important to call an expert right away to keep these parasites from multiplying and infesting your home. Watchdog Pest Control provides FREE estimates for Bed Bug treatments so it doesn’t hurt to give us a call at (602) 842-5290 and have a qualified technician come out and get a jump start on your Bed Bug problem today.

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