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Bed Bugs are a Nuisance and a Health Risk!
Bed bugs are small, oval, flat-body, and brown insects that feed on animal and human blood. These pests are mostly active at night and bite when people sleep. They pierce the skin and take blood through their long beaks. They will feed for three to ten minutes, or when full. After feeding, these pests swell and turn a reddish colour.
Bed bug bites can be found on areas of skin that are very itchy. People are exposed while sleeping and bite sites can include neck, face, neck, or hands. Some people living in infested homes have reported mental health issues, including anxiety and insomnia. Bed bug bites are quite itchy.
Because these pests are a health risk to people and are active breeders, it is important to keep your home pest free. and get rid of the bed bugs quickly. A bed bug exterminator is essential when a bedbug infestation is discovered.
Bed bugs come out at night to feed and are attracted by our exhaled carbon dioxide. These insect pests are about the size of an apple seed. Because of their flattened bodies, bed bugs can fit into tiny spaces so it’s easy for them to get into a home or building.
Bed bugs tend to live in groups in hiding places. They don’t fly, but can move quickly over ceilings, walls, and floors. Other than homes, you can find these pests in trains, buses, dorm rooms, homeless shelters, hotels, cruise ships, and refugee camps. You could find these pests in condo units or apartments nearby, in folds of curtain seams, between cushion sofas and chairs, and in appliances and electrical outlets.
Bed Bug Reproduction
Female bed bugs may lay hundreds of eggs over a lifetime. Immature bedbugs, called nymphs, shed their skins five times before reaching maturity. They require a meal of blood before each shedding. Bed bugs can develop fully in a month and produce three or more generations per year. They can live from about 10 months to a year.
What Causes Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs usually get into a home, apartment building, and condos from another place that’s infested with these bedbugs. They can travel from one unit to another unit in a building. They might be carried into a home or unit on used upholstered, used bed, furniture, luggage. Bed bugs can take up to 2 weeks for marks to develop.
Bed Bug Infestation Signs
People will notice an itchy spot on the skin from a bed bug bite. The bites usually look red on light-colored skin and are harder to see on dark skin. Bed bugs tend to leave groups of bites in a straight row or zigzag pattern, and people may notice bites immediately. Bedbugs aren’t known to spread disease, but in some people a bite can cause an allergic reaction or a severe skin reaction.
Other Early Signs Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can also be identified by:
• Blood spots on mattress or sheets
• Bed bug poop which are tiny black dots
• bed bugs shed skin which look similar to the bugs
• White, oval eggs
• A musty sweet odor around the bed
Bed Bug Infestation Prevention
Some ways to prevent bed bugs include:
- Use a protective cover on mattress and box springs
- Clean up clutter in the bedroom to eliminate hiding areas
- Vacuum regularly, including your mattress.
- After traveling to other areas for a period, on return, wash all trip clothes and dry in a hot dryer
- Protect skin from bites by wearing long sleeves and long pants
- Avoid used mattresses and bedding.
- In a multi-unit condo building, seal cracks around baseboards and install barriers under doors
Professional Bed Bug Removal Services Provides Peace of Mind
When a bed bug infestation is discovered, it is vital to contact a bed bug exterminator before the situation gets out of control. You don’t have to risk your health, your family’s health, or your house due to a bed bug infestation. Please feel free to contact us by phone or email anytime. We are available seven days per week to provide pests such as bed bugs, and wildlife control services in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, and surrounding areas, or to answer any of your questions.