The common bedbug is well adapted to human environments. It is found in temperate climates throughout the world and has been known since ancient times, they are linked to disease transmission and according to latest information are on the increase...
Bed bugs are very challenging pests to control. They can hide in many tiny places, so inspections and treatments must be very thorough. It is prudent to enlist the services of a professional pest control firm such as ours.
Experience teaches us to know where to look for bed bugs, and we have a variety of management tools at our disposal.
Owners and occupants will need to assist our professionals in important ways. Affording access for inspection and treatment is quite essential. Excess clutter should be removed. In some cases, infested mattresses and box springs will need to be discarded. Since bed bugs can disperse throughout a building, it also may be necessary to inspect adjoining rooms and/or apartments.
Bed bugs were treated years ago by wholesale spraying of pesticides (such as "bug bombs"). This practice is no longer permitted.
Thoroughness is still important, but treatments today are generally much more targeted and judicious. It often takes many hours to properly inspect and treat a bed bug infestation. Follow-up visits are usually required.
Infested bedding and garments will need to be bagged and laundered at high temperatures (120°F minimum), or discarded,since these items such as these cannot be treated with toxic chemicals or insecticides.
Just spraying pesticides is not the solution!
fact sheet about bedbugs
ABOUT THE BEDBUG
Adult bedbugs (Cimex lectularius) are a reddish brown, oval, flattened, and wingless insects, with microscopic hairs giving a banded appearance. A common misconception is that they are not visible to the naked eye. Adults grow to 4 to 5 mm (1/8" to 3/16") in length and do not move quickly. They were originally brought to the North America by the early colonists and thrive in places such as hotels and apartments These pests have increased by 500% in the past few years. It is still uncertain exactly what has caused the resurgence. As previously stated, bedbugs were almost eradicated from North America during the 1940s and 50s. However, bedbug cases have been on the rise recently all across the world.
Female bedbugs can lay up to five eggs in a day and 500 during a lifetime. The eggs are visible to the naked eye measuring 1 mm in length (approx. two grains of salt) and are a milky-white tone. The eggs hatch in 1-2 weeks. The hatchlings begin feeding immediately. They pass through five molting stages before they reach maturity. They must feed once during each of these stages. At 20ºC, it takes about 5 weeks to reach maturity and become reproductively active.
Bedbugs are generally most active only around dawn, although given opportunity, they may feed at other times. Attracted by warmth and carbon dioxide. After feeding for about five minutes, the bug returns to its hiding place. . Bites may be found in a variety of places on the body.
Bedbugs can live for 12-18 months without feeding, they feed every 5-10 days. Bedbugs typically live six to nine months.
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