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Tropical Bed Bugs

December 1, 2016

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An old enemy has returned to Florida to wreak havoc on its citizens. This enemy has not been in Florida for over 60 years. This enemy will bite you while you sleep, making you itch and squirm. This terrible enemy is…the Tropical Bed Bug (Dun dun dun!)! This pesky creature has not been seen in Florida since the 1930’s according to the Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. A family in Brevard County first found this bed bug in their home in 2015. The bug was sent to UF/IFAS and they confirmed it. So far this is the only confirmed case, however, some scientists are concerned that this is just the beginning. Due to early research, it is believed that these bed bugs reproduce much faster and more often than regular bed bugs. With a scary new bug on the loose, knowing what a tropical bed bug is and how to defeat them will be key to keeping them out of your house or getting rid of them if necessary.

So first of all, what is a tropical bed bug? Luckily this is a pretty obvious answer. A tropical bed bug is a bed bug that is found in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. There hasn’t been much research done on tropical bed bugs, but they are believed to be very similar to the common bed bug besides their tropical preference. This means that they can be exterminated just like regular bed bugs. The biggest problem with these pests is that they are believed to reproduce faster than common bed bugs. This means an infestation can become a big problem very quickly. UF/IFAS recommends that you should immediately contact a pest control specialist to clear your house of an infestation.

The area of concern for the tropical bed bugs is basically the entire south. Any place that has a warm and wet climate possesses the necessary weather for tropical bed bugs. That’s good news for states in the North, but not for South Floridians. Our home has the tropical climate that allows these bugs to thrive almost all year, particularly since it doesn’t get too cold in the winter. These little creatures are believed to have arrived through Port Canaveral off of a cruise ship. Tropical bed bugs are good little hitchhikers, so they probably stowed away in somebody’s clothes and jumped ship once in the U.S. While there is only one reported case so far, it is believed that more and more cases will pop up throughout Florida, especially in the southeast, as time goes on time. Because bed bugs spread due to travel and with the holiday season approaching quickly, these bed bugs will have their chance to really spread.

Fortunately, there are ways to avoid these unwanted houseguests. The first is to check your hotel room very carefully when you travel. Make sure to check the sheets, furniture, and even the carpet for any signs of these pests. Look for the actual bed bugs themselves or their droppings, which will look like little pieces of brown rice. Your second line of defense will take place once you get back home. When you get home from your wonderful travels, check your luggage for the little creatures. Then do a load of laundry right away, and if there are clothes that you don’t need to clean, put them in the dryer for 20 minutes or so. Bed bugs cannot survive in extremely high temperatures, so the dryer will fry these little guys and stop them before they can cause a problem. These quick and easy steps can save you a lot of time, pain, and money.

If you do suspect that you have an infestation, immediately call a professional pest control company. Most pest control companies offer a free consultation, like Nozzle Nolen. We will come out and examine your house to see if there is an infestation and offer the best solution for treatment. Hopefully, the answer is no, but in case you do have an infestation, there’s no need to fear, Nozzle Nolen is here! Nozzle Nolen’s trained and professional staff will happily get rid of your problem quickly and effectively. Nozzle Nolen offers a variety of treatments for bed bug extermination and since tropical bed bugs are basically the same as common bed bugs, the extermination process will work on them just as well. Nozzle Nolen’s heat treatment is incredibly effective and environmentally friendly. Not to mention much easier without all the chemicals. The heat treatment is essentially the same as putting your clothes in the dryer except in this case you are basically putting your house in the dryer, in a manner of speaking.

If you have any questions about how to protect your house or business from pests or if you are interested in our pest control services, call one of our Nozzle Nolen representatives at (888) 685-0376.


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