- What Are Bed Bugs?
- Where Do Bed Bugs Live?
- Where Are The Common Hiding Places For Bed Bugs?
- What Kinds of Bed Bugs Live In My Area?
- What Damage Can Bed Bugs Inflict On You And Your Home?
- What Do I Do If I Was Bitten By Bed Bugs?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
- How Do You Prevent Bed Bugs From Invading Your Environment?
- What Can You Do If You Already Have Bed Bugs?
- When Are Bed Bugs Most Active?
- What Is The Birthing Cycle Of Bed Bugs?
- What Is The History Of Bed Bugs?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.