Posts Tagged ‘bedbug’


11 Oct

The Bedbugs Dilemma


Bed Bugs in Mattress

There are parasites life hides under everyone’s mattress. Bedbugs are one of the most common insects in America. With increase of immigrant and travelers from different places, bedbugs thrive in hotels, restaurants, shelters, homes, apartments and motels.

What are bed bugs? These are tiny, brown, flattened insects that feed on an animal’s blood. There are certain types of bed bugs that have a preference for humans. The common one, classified as Cimex lectularius, found in our homes is the insect adapted to living with humans.

Bedbugs can be mistaken for ticks in their adult stage. What makes them a pest is that bedbugs are very resilient. This means these parasites can lie dormant, just waiting for an unsuspecting victim to arrive.

Bed bugs are great hiders and usually come out to feed on a blood meal in the middle of the night.

Symptoms of being bitten by bedbugs are different from one person to another. There are people who have no reaction to bites from these bedbugs. Some experience an itchy, swelling bump on the skin where the bed bug had their fill. Others have leave inflamed welt marks on their victims.

Bedbugs feed on their hosts by piercing the human skin with long beak, which they use to suck the blood. The extent of their damage to their hosts is limited to itchiness and swelling from their bites.

The real problem on bedbugs is infestation. Female bedbugs place their eggs in very secluded areas like the folds in the mattress, and deposits eggs of up to five a day.

How do you know if your bed is infested with bed bugs? Answer three simple questions to find out:

· Do you wake up to find an itchy and swelling welt on your neck, face, arms, shoulders, etc when you had none before sleeping?

· Does your mattress have dark stains and spotting?

· Do you wake up to see small reddish brown spots on the sheets, pillowcases or walls?

If you answered, “yes” to two out of three questions above, then it is likely that you are lying in a mattress full of bed bugs.

Bed bugs can live in wait for a long period of time so even if you try to wash it, they may resurface. Eliminating and entire home for bed bugs can be tedious.

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Bed Bug

29 Sep

Bed Bugs: Your Unlikely Room Mate

Bed Bug

You should check on your room, especially your bed. You may have unwanted room mates, or worse bed mates. The unlikely being referred here is the insect commonly called bed bugs.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bug is one among the millions of species of the insect world. Scientifically, common bed bugs are known as Cimex lectularius.

Bed bugs are wingless insects. The belief that bed bugs only bite humans is wrong. Birds, dogs, cats, in short, every mammal that can come into contact with the infested bed or surroundings can be affected by bed bugs.

Bed bugs are so tiny, that one can hardly see it. The biggest bed bugs, however, during their final stage of maturity can reach about 25% of an inch long. Usually, bed bugs are oval-shaped and they appear flattened when viewed from top to bottom.

Bed bugs are usually colored deep brown or cream to white. There are also bed bugs that appear burnt orange in color.

Life span

After feeding blood, bed bugs may look like black insects or dark red. That indicates that the bed bug has already stored food inside its body. Adult bed bugs can last more than a year without sucking blood. It is different for younger or baby bed bugs. Bed bugs on the average life span, needs about three to four replenishments or feeding sessions before it lay eggs and completes its life span.

Bed bugs normally thrive in dark spots or areas in the house. Bed bugs can also live in beds, beneath them, underneath them or inside them. Bed bugs may appear smart because they know when to attack prospective hosts— when they are asleep.

When bed bugs bite, they normally do not produce stinging sensation. Sometimes, it is also hard to distinguish bed bug bites from the usual mosquito bites.

Control of bed bugs

Bed bugs are hard to control. There are a lot of pesticides that can kill the parasite, but it is advisable that you consult a pest control expert to control and exterminate bed bugs.

There a lot of harmful pesticides that can surely kill bed bugs. You may not want to exterminate yourself and your loved ones along with bed bugs, right?

We have additional information on this subject you may be interested in reading: Bed Bug Exterminator and Bed Bug Extermination



Bed Bugs

21 Sep

Bed Bugs Explained

Bed Bugs

The reputation of bed bugs explains that vampires are not the only popular blood suckers in our society. Scientifically known as Cimex lectularius, bed bugs are tiny, brownish flat-like insects that operate mostly during nighttime. During the day bed bugs prefer to situate themselves in areas people normally sleep on. Their small bodies enable them to fit in the narrowest of spaces, especially those related with headboards, box springs and mattresses. Unlike ants or bees, bed bugs do not congregate in a single area.

The problems on bed bugs are even documented in writings about medieval Europe and classical Greek during the time of Aristotle. Bed bugs were already known to feast on wild hosts mainly birds and bats.

Bed bugs were a big problem especially before World War II due to the poor focus on cleanliness and proper hygiene. However, the bugs nearly vanished in the 1940’s and 1950’s because of the widespread use of various pesticides. However, less effective pesticides and reforms in pest control methods enabled these creatures to make a comeback and again become a pest in society.

The adult bed bugs are normally mistaken as ticks or cockroaches, as they are approximately ¼ inch in length with flat and hard bodies. These insects can move swiftly in floors, ceiling, walls and other surfaces but cannot fly. The female bed bugs can lay as many as 500 eggs during their lifespan and choose secluded areas to make their move.

When the eggs hatch, the baby bugs or nymphs can fully develop as fast as a month. Cool areas or where there is no access to blood will prolong the development time. The nymphs can live for several months without feasting, while the adults can last for around a year.*