Bed bugs have become more and more easier to find in the United States and more people are becoming almost paranoid about this entire bed bug epidemic. However, it is not entirely impossible to get rid of them when they have infested your home. With some knowledge of their behavior and biology, as well as the proper materials and products, homeowners can gain control of the bed bug infestation and ultimately, eliminate the entire infestation altogether.
Bed bugs are tiny insects that usually go unnoticed due to their size and shape. Adult bed bugs will only grow to be about 4-5 mm long and are a mere 1.5 - 3 mm wide. You can compare the size of an adult bed bug to that of an apple seed. As you can imagine, bed bug nymphs are even smaller and will only be about 1mm in length. Actually, if you compare the nymph to the size of a letter on a penny, you will notice how extremely tiny they are.
Bed bugs have become one of the worst pests in the United States because they are considered parasitic pests. This means that their main food source will come from a living host, usually people. These nocturnal arthropods spend most of the day hiding, but at night, during their peak activity time, bed bugs will come out to feed on the blood of warm blooded animals. This is mainly where their name is derived from, because bed bugs will not stray far from their food source and are most often seen near the bed or in furniture that is very close to the bed. Some of the other places that you will be able to find bed bugs are in places like the curtains, inside the wicker furniture, nightstands, hanging picture frames, and etc.
Signs of Bed Bugs
Since bed bugs are so small, often times, most people will not see them. But they claim that they have them! How do they know? Well, some of the most obvious signs of bed bugs do not even involve witnessing actual bed bugs crawling around. Some of these signs of bed bugs will include things like blood stains on sheets, brown fecal spots, the actual eggs, nymphs, and bed bugs themselves, and of course, bed bug bites.
Bed Bug Bites: One of the most important reasons why people hate dealing with bed bugs is because of bed bug bites. Bites from bed bugs are also one of the easiest signs of an infestation that a person will come across. Actually, most people will not even feel the bed bug bites as it is happening, but many people will see visible skin reactions. Others might not react at all to the bites; however, most reactions will be very similar. These reactions will include raised bumps, swelling, itchiness, and redness. There is no treatment for bed bug bites, but antihistamines can be applied to relieve itchiness. Keep in mind that reactions that are seen on the skin can be the result of a variety of circumstances, so bed bugs should not be the sole depending factor on diagnosing a bed bug infestation.
Bed bug Check List: The following is a short and summarized check list of what you should be looking for when you are inspecting your home for a bed bug infestation.
1. Bed bug feces - these actually look like dark spots and can be found in cracks and crevices.
2. Bed bug eggs and/or bed bug egg shells - bed bug eggs are actually very small and because their color is almost a translucent, creamy, white color, they are almost invisible. If you look close enough though, you will be able to see them.
3. Shed skin - nymphs grow as they develop and as they molt to the next instars, they will shed their skin.
4. Bed Bugs - if a thorough inspection is done correctly and you actually have a bed bug infestation, most likely, you will be able to find the actual adult bed bugs.
5. Blood spots and or smears - during feeding, bed bugs will often times be disturbed or crushed by your movement. When they are crushed, they will leave behind blood stains on your sheets, which are easily seen.
Bed Bugs & HotelsIn the past, there have been many myths about bed bugs and how they only really infest homes that are dirty or even homes that owned by the lower class of the United States. This is very false and in recent years, bed bugs have infamously taken over homes and even upscale hotels. This is a very possible situation because it's just too easy to carry bed bugs around. They are known for hitching rides in luggage and on clothes and with the constant flow of customers visiting hotels from all around the world, finding a bed bug infestation is all too easy. Of course, good hotel management will react quickly and these days, many staff of most hotels are well trained to handle and look for bed bug infestations with every visit from customers. We at Pest Mall want to help you prepare for your stay at hotels with some of our traveler's items for bed bug control.
Check Out Our Bed Bug Products For Travelers
|Eco-Keeper Bed Bug Tent||Indoor Tent|
|Rest Easy Bed Bug Spray||Spray|
|Rest Easy Bed Bug Control for Luggage||Spray|
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Unfortunately, getting rid of bed bugs is not the easiest task in the world. However, don't be discouraged. Since bed bugs have become such an epidemic in the United States, more and better products are being introduced in the market to get rid of bed bugs. Fortunately, many of the products can be used by general consumers.
Since bed bugs are so small, they are able to hide in virtually any crack or crevice. Since the target areas are so broad, bed bug control requires more than just one formulation of insecticide to get rid of them. Although this may be tedious, it is critical that you use all the right products for specific target areas. This will help you eliminate them permanently and not just control them for just a short period of time. Pest Mall provide bed bug kits that includes the necessary products that you will need. These product formulations include dust insecticides for hard to reach areas and restricted areas like the wall void, ready to use spray/aerosol products for around the furniture and for spot treatment, concentrated insecticides that will provide a residual time for the base boards and broader areas, and insect growth regulators (IGRs) to help you control their reproduction. For more information on the products, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.
Common Bed Bug Dust Products Available
|Active Ingredient||Products||On Mattress|
|Diatomaceous earth||MotherEarth D Dust||No|
|Cyfluthrin||Tempo 1% Dust||No|
Common Bed Bug Spray Products Available
|Active Ingredient||Products||On Mattress|
|Dinotefuran||Alpine Pressurized Spray||No|
|Chlorfenapyl||Phantom Pressurized Spray||No|
|Isopropyl Alcohol +||Steri-Fab||Yes|
|Pyrethrins||Nisus Fireback Bed Bug Spray||Yes|
|All Natural Ingredient||Rest Easy