Bed bugs are back and are making the lives of many people a living nightmare. The number of bed bug cases in the United States continues to climb and doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon.
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Bed bugs cause sleepless nights. Nobody wants to go to bed knowing they are going to get bit all night long.
Bed bugs make you feel itchy and gross. They leave a disgusting wake of feces, egg casings and shed skins behind.
Bed bugs also cause a long term emotional trauma. Fear, anxiety and psychological difficulty can be linked to bed bug infestations.
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Preventing bed bugs starts with education. Correct identification, signs of bed bugs, and how to avoid infestations are all things staff and tenants need to understand.
Scheduling inspections and preventative treatments are also key to prevent bed bugs. Making sure you are sticking to a schedule for inspections and treatments will make a huge difference in staying on top of bed bugs. Learn more about how to prevent bed bugs in Utah today.
The purpose of this brief biology lesson is to make you a bit wiser about bed bug behavior. The first thing we should talk about is that you are their food source. They feed on blood anywhere from three to twelve minutes one to three times per week. They prefer human blood, but they’re opportunistic and will feed off a dog, a cat, a mouse, or a hamster. Females lay two to three eggs per day—they are egg-laying machines. Those hatch in seven to ten days. They have five nymph stages and are adults in one to two months, as long as they have a food source. The average life span of a bed bug is six months to a year and a half. They can live a long time without feeding, some as long as six to twelve months. Bed bugs are cryptic and spend most of their time hiding in cracks and crevices waiting for their food, aka you, to return.
Bed bugs have a unique way of copulating. It is called forced insemination. Basically, the male has a harpoon shaped genital that pierces the female cuticle in the abdomen. Women always think this sounds very pleasant. Females get copulated with often, generally after a blood meal, as males prefer to mate with fat females, so they almost always have enough sperm to continuously produce fertilized eggs. A female has to ovaries with 14 ovarioles and therefore always has plenty of eggs to lay. One adult female can cause an infestation. She gets brought in, starts laying eggs. Those eggs hatch and in 1-2 months they are adults and begin to breed with each other and we have an infestation.These behaviors are part of why bed bugs are so successful.
Bed bug bites are very difficult to identify and not everyone has the same reactions. Determining whether or not bed bugs are present should not be from bites alone. You need to find the bugs. Some people are not allergic to bed bug bites while others are very allergic and get red welts. People can also have a delayed reaction where the bites do not show up for up to fourteen days. Bed bugs don’t seek out water or eat cookies or crumbs left by your children, they feed on your blood. They feed from 3-12 minutes and then head back into hiding to digest the blood meal. Watch a bed bug feed here.
This is an aggregation of bed bugs on the bottom of a box spring. The box spring is a very common place to find bed bugs. The underside of the box spring on the head side of the bed is probably the best place to inspect for bed bugs. Whichever seat has the best view of the TV is also another great place to inspect.
Educate your staff and tenants on how to identify bed bugs and how to avoid infestations.
Schedule and maintain professional bed bug inspections.
Schedule and maintain preventative bed bug treatments.
Utilize bed bug monitors to identify bed bug infestations easily.
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Bed bugs are synanthropic, meaning that they live in close association with humans. They do not spontaneously generate and therefore they must be brought into a home or property.
They are most often brought in on used furniture, luggage or bags, or from hitchhiking bed bugs on a visitor or house guest. When someone lives in a place that has bed bugs, especially heavy infestations, it is not uncommon for them to have bed bugs in their clothes, shoes, or belongings.
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