Bed bugs, Climex Lectularius, is an insect that feeds on human blood. They have a tiny piercing-sucking mouthpart that they use to extract blood. They harbor in cracks and crevices throughout the day to preserve their energy and then move around most actively between 3am and 6:00am. Once they’re engorged with blood after feeding, they return to their hiding places.
Eggs are approximately 1 mm (millimeter) long and whitish coloured which makes them difficult to see. The hatched nymph is roughly 1.5 mm and range to a maximum size of 4.5 mm. Bed bugs look very different depending on when they last had a blood meal. For instance, a hungry adult is between 6mm and 10mm long. They are flat shaped and a light brown colour. However, fed adults are engorged with blood, which makes them a vibrant reddish brown, shorter and rounded like an oval.
Bed bugs search your body thoroughly for the best feeding spot, leaving behind red welts on the skin often in a line or cluster. Signs may not show until 3 days after biting and can persist for a week or more. Some people will not show signs because reactions vary for individuals. Some people feel sore whereas others have no discomfort.
The simple fact is that bed bugs don’t choose victims discriminately. They are found in luxury hotels and in family homes all over the world. There are several likely reasons why bed bugs entered your home. -You may have brought them back from travel; -They entered your home when you acquired second-hand furniture or clothing; -Your daily commute via public transit exposed you to them; -Houseguests unknowingly brought them to you; -Your workplace has bed bugs; -or perhaps they migrated into your room from a neighboring room.
Travelling: Inspection of your travel accommodations is important because you will help prevent bringing bed bugs home with you. The following are tips you can take to prevent bringing bed bugs home with you after your travels: -Inspect your hotel bed room for signs of bed bugs. (see Identifying Bed Bug Infestations) ***need link to the Statistics Page*** -Put your suitcase on the hard floor of the bathroom or on a luggage stand so that they cannot infiltrate your luggage while you’re performing an inspection. -If you find a bed bug you should immediately place it in a sealable plastic bag to provide proof to either a hotel manager. -As a precaution, place your travel clothing in plastic or a dissolvable laundry bag within your suitcase to safely contain bed bugs hiding in your clothing on the way home. -Use a travel sized Bed Bug Killing Spray either in your room or during travels if you think you have found an infestation you need to kill -You can also use the spray in you home to spray your emptied suitcase and kill hidden bed bugs and their eggs. Clutter: The existing furniture and material goods inside your house also create areas for bed bugs to harbor. To reduce the chances of bed bugs harboring, try to keep things from touching the walls (eg. Couches, bookshelves, beds, etc.), dangling to the floor (blankets that touch the ground, bed skirts, sheets, pillows, etc.). Try to hang clothing to keep it off the ground. You should consider bagging your clothing in clear plastic garbage bags and sealing them for several weeks if you suspect bed bugs in them. Alternatively, place your clothing in the dryer for 35 – 40 minutes on high if you are certain there are bed bugs in clothing and you need to kill them. Cracks and Crevices: If your home has identifiable areas where small crevices are more available to bed bugs, they will more surely harbor there. To prevent such activity, consider taping or sealing the cracks closed (ie. Loose baseboards, broken/ open areas in the drywall). Cleaning: Make sure that you clean your bedding and clothes frequently in hot water and dry on high heat. You can use mattress and pillow encasements to prevent a harborage in you mattress and pillow. Frequently inspect between your mattress and box spring and install bed bug coasters under your bed and furniture posts in order to trap bed bugs from coming or going to your bed. Also, using diatomaceous earth inside of bed bug coasters is an effective method of killing bed bugs on their way into or away from your bed.
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