If you are a victim of bed bugs presence, even in autumn or winter, you are not alone. The presence of these insects is synonymous of shame for many people. This should not be the case since the presence of this parasite is not related to a lack of cleanliness. Don’t worry, you can get rid of them! We offer essential information about this insect, its behavior, its impact on your health and how to properly choose your exterminator. Know first that when the time comes to fight against them, it is important to act quickly.
So, we’ve gathered 5 dramatic signs that will make you move quickly in the fight against these bugs!
They’re an unhealthy presence in your bed that feeds your blood!
The bed bug is not bigger than apple seed. Once adult, active one can lives generally between 4 and 12 months, while they can survive without food up to 18 months under certain conditions. Among the factors that affect its life, there are among other the room temperature, available food and the environment. It is essential to know that the presence of bed bugs is not synonymous of poor hygiene! They can infest clean and substandard homes. As they hate daily light, the number of available hiding places (e.g. cracks, cluttered rooms) helps them to proliferate rapidly.
Bed bugs feed on human blood. A colony of them can bite a person 500 times in one night. A real vampire! You must distinguish the bed bugs of fleas, which in failing to have the blood of animals to eat, can attack any part of the human body. In addition, the flea can jump from one person to another over a distance of about 15 inches, while the other does not jump nor fly.
Nobody is immune from their infestation: they can come from anywhere…
Bed bugs find shelter in your home or your business in many ways. They can be present on the clothing of a customer, in a mattress recovered from the street, on the seat of a bus, in clothes from thrift stores, at travel abroad, in shelters, etc. They may arise from neighboring houses, personal effects of somebody, a school bag of a person affected, coat daycare, a store infected, etc. No one is immune! We saw them everywhere in major hotels, the White House, United Nations, New York, in large clothing stores, etc… And unlike lice or other parasites, they do not live on humans.
If you think you have a problem with bed bugs, you should check out the following places to see if there are living ones:
– Seams, creases and folds of mattresses and box springs;
– Cracks in the frame and headboard;
– Under sofas, beds, covers;
– Between the cushions of couches and chairs;
– Under the edges of rugs and carpets;
– Between the folds of curtains;
– In the drawers.
Bed bugs reproduce quickly… Too quickly!
Adult females lay two to five eggs per day, between 300 and 500 eggs during their lifetime. Therefore, it needs just the presence of 2 or 3 of these insects in order to create a real infestation! After 3-6 months of maturation and exponential reproduction, the evolution of the infestation can quickly change a few individuals in hundreds of thousand insects!
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These parasites breed throughout the year and ideal breeding temperature is between 21 and 28° Celsius. Covered with a sticky substance, bed bugs eggs are white, measure 1 mm long and are almost impossible to see on most surfaces. These parasites lay their eggs in cracks and crevices, behind woodwork or other well-hidden locations and these eggs take between 6 and 17 days to hatch.
You don’t want to discover the symptoms of their presence…!
You have aligned bites, itching, redness or swelling? There are brown or black feces on linens and bedding? You found abnormal small spots of blood on your white sheets? If you answer yes to any of these questions, there is no doubt that you are infested with bed bugs!
In addition, you should know that the excrement of bugs leaves a sweet smell. The presence of a large number of them, although they are discrete, can leave a sweet smell in the infested room.
Warning! Due to these little vampires, more than one health problem stalking you…
Sleep disorder, itching caused by repeated bites at night, fatigue, social isolation, anxiety, shame and loss of life quality are just some of the physical and psychological detected problems among victims the presence of this pest. Therefore, many people infected with these parasites may be reluctant to report the problem to people who could help them. And yet… They should…
And now that you know you have a big problem with bed bugs… How to choose your exterminator?
Get rid of insect can be quite a challenge. Since it is difficult to eliminate completely, it is strongly recommended to use a professional pest control specialist like GC PEST CONTROL.