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Bed bugs are parasitic insects that prefer to feed on human blood. The term is used loosely to refer to any species of the genus Cimex, and even more loosely to refer to any member of the family Cimicidae (cimicids). The common bedbug, Cimex lectularius, is the most famous species of the family. The name of the “bed bug” is derived from the insect’s preferred habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bed bugs are mainly active at night but are not exclusively nocturnal and are capable of feeding on their host without being noticed.

A number of adverse health effects may occur due to bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms.

Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. At a point in the early 1940s they were mostly eradicated in the developed world but since 1995 have recently increased in prevalence. Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well.

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Bed Bug Facts:

Color

Reddish-brown

Body Structure

Oval-shaped body, about the size of an apple seed. The body will be reddish and swollen after feeding.

Bed Bugs are small, flat parasitic insects that feed on the blood of human hosts. Although bed bugs had largely disappeared during the mid 20th century, resurgence has taken place over the past decade, including here in the Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina areas.

The exact cause of their increased presence is not known. However, researchers at institutions such as the University of Kentucky and University of California have recognized that new bed bug populations are highly resistant to common pesticides. According to the Centers for Disease Control, these phenomena paired with our upwardly mobile society and decreased local/state pest prevention programs are all contributing factors.

Bites from bed bugs, which are characterized as red welts on the skin, can cause mild to severe allergic reactions as well as secondary skin infections, mental distress and, in rare instances, anaphylactic shock.

Characteristics

Female bed bugs can lay up to five eggs in a day and as many as 500 eggs in a lifetime. Bed bugs can live up to 300 days at normal room temperatures and with an adequate supply of food.

Habitat/Behavior

Bed bugs nest wherever it is dark and are near to human hosts–they are not limited to beds and mattresses only. Bed bugs can live in furniture, wall voids, and carpet, behind electrical outlet wall plates and almost any crack or crevice. When feeding on hosts, bed bugs inject an anesthetic, which prevents the person from feeling the bite, and an anticoagulant, which allows the parasite to feed freely on blood. Infestation often can be detected through several tell-tale signs, including finding molted exoskeletons, rust-colored spots of excrement on mattresses or furnishings and even live bed bugs in the creases of bed linens and under mattresses. Likewise, a sweet musty smell is often associated with bed bug infestation.

Commonly Active

Throughout the year.

Prevention/Treatment

If you suspect bed bug infestation, the best course of action is to alert a pest control professional. Particularly in light of bed bugs’ increased resistance to pesticides, trying to treat an infestation yourself with chemicals may only worsen the problem and also endanger pets or loved ones.

More Facts

  • Bedbugs are oval shaped, flat and wingless insects. Eggs and new born baby Bedbugs are 1 mm size.
  • Bedbugs are active at Night especially while you are in a deep sleep. However, where heavy infestation is present, bedbugs do feed during day time.
  • Both Male and Female and all stages (except eggs) feed on Blood. Humans are preferred host but Bedbugs can feed on a variety of other animals.
  • Bedbugs leave dark fecal spots on mattresses, bedding, clothing, and even walls, ceiling, and other surfaces or wherever they travel or spend time.
  • Under perfect conditions, female Bedbug lays approximately 3-7 eggs per day. 200-500 viable eggs during her lifetime.
  • Light infestation can grow into a Large or Heavy infestation if avoided for few weeks.
  • GOOD NEWS: Feeding Bedbugs do not transmit any diseases.
  • Pesticides available to treat Bedbugs only kill up to 30% making conventional/chemical treatments ineffective.
  • Bedbugs can’t fly or jump.
  • Once they feed, they spend most of their time hiding on mattress seams, furniture joints, crack and crevices, ceiling joints, pop corns of ceiling, box mattress, bed frames, etc.
  • Bedbugs, both nymphs and adults can go for months between feedings. But having food available, they will not Fast.
  • Duration of the life cycle of the Bedbug from egg to egg is typically 1.5-2 months.
  • Eggs hatch out in 8-12 days.
  • People react to bites differently. No reaction at all in some individuals to very itchy and visible welts on some people.
  • Bedbugs do not discriminate meaning Bedbugs can live in very dirty to very clean places.
  • Conventional Chemical Treatment often requires multiple treatments- making it uncomfortable and unpleasant experience.

Bed Bugs and Thermal Heat Treatment

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According to 6 out of 6 Entomologists no available pesticide on the market effectively exterminates a bed bug infestation.

We use specially designed fans to distribute heat to every corner of your home or business, exterminating any and all live bed bugs. Computer monitored wireless sensors make sure that we keep every space in the infected area well over the lethal temperature.

Pesticide treatments are not only ineffective but cause bed bugs to flee from one area to another, spreading the infestation. Don’t waste time and money on multiple attempts with different treatments. Kill bed bugs the first time with 100% effective Thermal Remediation provided by Himalaya Pest Control.

Bed Bugs Life Cycle

Life stages

Bed bugs have six life stages (five immature and an adult stage). They will shed their skins through a molting process (ecdysis) throughout multiple stages of their lives. The discarded outer shells look like clear light brown, empty exoskeletons of the bugs themselves. Bed bugs must molt six times before becoming fertile adults.

Bed Bug Eggs

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The eggs of bed bugs are found in places where the bed bugs themselves are found. Female lays one to five eggs per day after mating. Over 10 months, one female can produce up to 200 eggs. Female Bedbugs lay 1 to 12 eggs per day. Eggs get adhere to the substrate by means of a sticky substrate coating on them. They are white and 1/32 inch long. They deposit these eggs in protected places such as crevices, cracks or near the hosts’ sleeping quarters. Most commonly eggs are placed inside a box spring, on the mattress, in the coils of a bed, behind peeling wallpaper, near the rug’s edge, in closets and baseboards. Bed bug eggs can be found at similar places to where bed bugs are present. The favorite place to nestle is in the seams of fabric. They can be found in various places. You have to make use of a stiff brush to dislodge the eggs.

Bed Bug Nymph

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Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they moult and reach maturity. Bed bugs may be mistaken for other insects such as booklice and carpet beetles, or German Roach Nymph.

Bed Bug Live

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Bed bugs are elusive and usually nocturnal, which can make them hard to spot. They often lodge unnoticed in dark crevices, and eggs can be nestled in fabric seams. Aside from bite symptoms, signs include fecal spots, blood smears on sheets, and molts.

Bed bugs can be found singly, but often congregate once established. They usually remain close to hosts, commonly in or near beds or couches. Harborage areas can vary greatly, however, including luggage, vehicles, furniture and bedside clutter.

Bed Bug Bites

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Bed bugs can cause a number of health effects including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. They are able to be infected by at least 28 human pathogens, but no study has clearly found that the insect is able to transmit the pathogen to a human being. Bed bug bites or cimicosis may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms. Treatment involves the elimination of the insect but is otherwise symptomatic.

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Eradication of bed bugs frequently requires a combination of methods. Each infestation is unique and at Himalaya Pest Control, we tailor specific treatments for each customer. Our goal is to go beyond controlling infestations by providing 100% Bed Bug elimination.

 

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