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Bed Bug Awareness Week

It’s #BedBugAwareness week, and Brock Pest Control would like to pass along some valuable information to help you identify these pests.

Bed Bugs, Brock Pest ControlFirst, they are still a big problem. According to a study from the University of Kentucky, nearly 6 out of 10 Pest Professionals – almost 84% – report that bed bug infestations continue to be on the rise. And although they’re a year-round problem, the peak season for bed bugs tends to be the summer time. So that means families should be careful when traveling abroad and staying in hotels/condominiums. But how do you find them – or, make sure your room doesn’t have a problem?

The NPMA recommends the following bed bug prevention tips when traveling:

  • At hotels, pull back sheets and inspect mattress seams, for telltale bed bug stains. Inspect the entire room before unpacking, including sofas and chairs and behind the headboard. Notify management of anything suspect and change rooms or establishments immediately.
  • If you need to change rooms, don’t move to a room adjacent or directly above or below the suspected infestation.
  • Keep suitcases in plastic trash bags or protective covers during your stay to prevent bed bugs from nesting there.
  • When home, inspect suitcases before bringing them into the house and vacuum them before storing.
  • Wash all clothes – even those not worn – in hot water to eliminate any bed bugs and their eggs.

Bed bugs can be a problem. But if noticed, you can keep them from your family. You can also use the steps in your home. If you see bed bugs, or think you have them, contact Brock Pest Control and let us protect your family.

 

Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

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The phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite” is more than just a cute way to say good night.

This phrase is an indication of a true problem. Bed bugs are real insects that bite and feed off of human blood. They exist in all of the 50 states and people are reporting an increase of infestations.

Bed bugs can survive in extremely cold and hot temperatures. Nearly freezing temperatures or severely high temperatures are not able to stop a bed bug infestation from occurring. The best way to prevent an infestation or to stop one is by contacting Bed Bug Pest Control.

Even though they are called “bed bugs” these insects can be found in other areas of the homes or even in a business. As long there are cracks and crevices in a home or building and humans to feed off of, a bed bug infestation is possible.

A bed bug can ingest seven times their weight in human blood. Even though they are able to consume much blood, they are able to survive several months without eating.

Some individuals believe that keeping a clean home or business will help to prevent bed bugs from appearing but this is false. Below average sanitation does not lure bed bugs to one’s place of residence or business. Bed bugs enter homes or business with the help of humans. Humans can easily provide transportation to a bed bug without knowing. These bed bugs can be at hotels, on public transportation, in other people’s homes, or other public places.

In order for an infestation to begin it only takes one bed bug. This one bed bug is able to lay 5 eggs in one day. This will result in the appearance of 5 more bed bugs; those bed bugs can then lay 5 eggs each. This cycle will continue until an infestation occurs.

Bed bugs are not like other insects, they are able to survive without foods for many months, they are able to live in freezing and boiling hot temperatures, and they can also multiply at quick rates. Because an infestation can occur quickly, a home or business owner should contact Bed Bug Pest Control to end this problem.

Bed Bugs in 2012

Bed Bugs don’t seem to be getting that much press lately, so it leaves one to wonder if there is still a major problem with them?

Brock Pest has gathered some of the latest information on Bed Bug statistics for 2012.

The good news is that some have reported that the Bed Bug epidemic has died down in New York City, which was known to be the worst of all cities for bed bug infestations. However, you may have noticed that we had a very mild winter this year, which has allowed many species of bugs to flourish. This means we could see some worsening results in bed bug reports and infestations all over the country.

According to another recent report, the top worst cities for bed bug infestations at the end of 2011 where Cincinnati, Chicago, Denver, Detroit and Los Angeles. We are glad there are no Florida cities on the list, but remember, Floridians like to travel, and people like to travel to Florida. Bed bugs are avid travelers as well. They hitch rides whenever they can.

So basically, bed bugs are still a very real threat, and cannot be exterminated by DIY methods. To safely and effectively eliminate a bed bug infestation, please call a professional.

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.

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Sleep Tight, Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite

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.