Five W’s and an H About Bed Bugs
November 15, 2016
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, wingless parasites that have rusty brown coloring and are part of the insect family Cimicidae. These resilient pests feed quickly and stay together in large nests. These tough little guys can survive for months without food and they have evolved to become immune to most common insecticides.
Whom do bed bugs feed on?
Bed bugs feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide and warmth that humans give off.
When are bed bug infestations most prevalent?
Studies show that reports of bed bug infestations increase during the summer. The number of reports peak in August and are at their lowest in February.
When are bed bugs most active?
Bed bugs are considered nocturnal creatures. They are typically more active at night, but they will choose to feed whenever they sense that their prey is dormant, regardless of the time of day.
Where do they nest?
Bed bugs prefer to inhabit dark, undisturbed areas that are near their host, so they are usually found living in the crevices of furniture and baseboards that are close to your bed.
Where are they most commonly found?
Bed bugs are not restricted to any specific kind of dwelling or structure; they could even inhabit planes or hospitals. However, bed bugs are commonly associated with hotels and apartment complexes. The fact of the matter is that bed bug infestations are difficult to treat in any location, but it is much more challenging to treat any multi-unit building because the bed bugs are able to move in between the rooms making it easy for them to escape insecticide treatment. When dealing with bed bug infestations in multi-unit buildings like hotels, heat treatment is the best method because each and every room of the building will be heated so the bed bugs are unable to escape.
Why should you be concerned?
Severe bed bugs infestations are detrimental to your day-to-day life because they could make your living situation unbearable to the point that you can no longer sleep in your own bed. Other than an itchy rash around the bites, bed bugs pose minor physical health risks, but when bed bugs cause you to lose sleep they can become a serious risk for your mental health and emotional well-being.
How do they spread?
Bed bugs are known as the hitchhikers of the bug community. They spread from place to place by latching onto your personal items, such as clothing or suitcases, and traveling home with you.
How do they know when you are sleeping?
Bed bugs are hypersensitive to carbon dioxide and temperature, so they can tell when their host is dormant based on subtle patterns found in the carbon dioxide and warmth that is generated by their warm-blooded host.
How can I get rid of them?
Getting rid of bed bugs is a difficult task for homeowners to face on their own; you are better off getting help from a professional. Your best option is to find a pest control company that specializes in bed bug treatment. Heat treatment and insecticide treatment are the most commonly used methods to treat bed bugs. Here at Nozzle Nolen we recommend heat treatment as the safest and most effective way to exterminate a bed bug infestation in it's entirety.
If you’ve discovered bed bug bites or are concerned that you may have a bed bug problem in your South Florida home or business, please contact Nozzle Nolen. Offering effective bed bug heat treatments in West Palm Beach and throughout our South FL service area, you can count on our bed bug experts to get rid of these biting insects.
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