Bed Bugs 101
We have all heard the old saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” right? Well, the advice is somewhat still very true. Some say this old saying originated years ago in the times when bed bugs were a very common problem. Wrapping yourself up “tight” would hopefully prevent you from getting bitten. Though this was probably pretty ineffective.
The very true part of this saying is that Bed Bugs are back, and are biting. This time with a vengeance…
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are small oval shaped insects. They don’t fly, even though they may have wings, and belong to the Cimicidae insect family. There are 3 different species that bite. Adult bed bugs grow to be about 5 to 7mm long. While nymphs or the juveniles are as small as 1.5mm long.
Bed bugs are sometimes mistaken for ticks. Probably because their bodies are flat and dark. The feed on the blood from humans and animals. Needless to say, you do not want them in your home biting your family and pets.
Where are Bed Bugs Found?
Bed Bugs were pretty common before the World Wars, but seemed to have become rare after pesticides were used. However, the occurrences of bed bug infestations has been growing at an alarming rate.
They can live in any area of the home and can reside in tiny cracks of furniture. In harmony with their name, they seem to prefer areas where people sleep.
How Do You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
There are many do-it-yourself pest control treatments that may work for minor insect infestations. Bed Bugs, is not one of them. For example, a professional will determine if a mattress can be treated or actually needs to be discarded.
Also, a Pest control expert will know which areas may require a deep cleaning with a stiff brush, removing eggs. Treating bed bug infestations with heat is also very effective, but requires specialized equipment and training.
If you think you have a Bed Bug infestation, talk to a professional to limit more risk to your family. Brock Lawn and Pest Control, would be happy to visit your home for a Free Analysis and Estimate.