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Bed bugs have been documented by archeologists more than 3000 years ago. Bed bugs were more than likely introduced to America aboard ships prior to the 1700’s along with immigrants and their belongings. In the past many methods of control were used, many of them unusual. For example, dousing infested furniture with boiling water, and using cyanide with tragic results. DDT, Chlordane and other pest products were used to prevent disease carrying insects. They also controlled the bed bug population to such an extent that cases of bed bugs were rarely noted in the Unites States from the 1940‘s to the 1980’s when the Environmental Protection Agency banned DDT, hydrocarbons, organophophates and other chemicals. Since that time bed bug infestations have been increasing. Other mitigating factors are the ease of travel throughout the country and world.
Bed bugs are small brownish insects about the size of an apple seed. After a blood meal their coloration can range to reddish brown. The females lay eggs that are very small and difficult to find. As bed bugs hatch they will emerge as nymphs, shedding their skin as they grow five times until adulthood. Inspection for bed bugs includes checking for live insects, eggs, castings, blood stains on sheets and other surfaces, like walls, wooden furniture, etc. There can also be a musty odor present if the infestation is at a higher level. Bed bugs don’t live in nests, but will gather into groups in hiding places such as mattresses, box springs, headboards, bed frames and other furniture in the room as well as behind pictures on walls, door frames, window frames, baseboards, etc.
Bed bug feed on blood from humans and animals. Although bites are painless, they will turn into welts and become very itchy. Bed bug bites will not be random on the body, but will be in a sort of line where the skin rests on the mattress as we sleep.
Once a bed bug infestation has been identified, the next step is preparation for treatment. The preparation varies with the type of treatment chosen. There are several bed bug treatment strategies available. Chemical solutions work well. Super heating a structure or parts of a structure as well as super cooling can be other solutions. You may also choose a combination of chemical and one of the other strategies. Call us today. We can give you the best approach for your unique situation.
After treatment, it is of extreme importance to encase the mattress(s) and box spring(s) in certified bed bug coverings. These special encasements will fit tightly and have a zipper enclosure to ensure any residual bed bugs are trapped and will die. It is important to keep these encasements on the bed for a year to ensure any issue has been taken care of. Learn more here
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