Monthly archives "October 2014"

How Bed Bugs Infest Buildings

After a day’s work, everyone looks forward to a good sleep, of which when interfered with a night seizes to be peaceful and relaxed. Bed bugs are a hindrance to such a night, when you realize that they are in your bed. These insects cause fatigue and lead one to become anxious. They are insects that are parasitic and they depend on blood. People who live in places that have tropical and temperate climates have the most encounter with bed bugs. Bed bugs are visible. They do not have wings. They have a specific smell that one can identify them with. The smell is usually felt after one takes the initiative of squeezing one between two fingers. They strike with a bite that is usually not painful. After which one experiences itchiness at the bitten point. If one was to compare what you would rather lose your sleep due to, no one would answer bedbugs. There are ways through which these insects infest on buildings. Read More →

Different Kinds of Bedbugs

If you are waking up with small, red, itchy bumps on your skin, then it is most likely you have been infested with bedbugs! This is a very unpleasant reality for most people. Some of us usually have common misunderstanding that bedbugs are due to poor housekeeping. But in reality, they are brought into your home on luggage or clothing particularly if you make contact with a person who has bedbugs or if you stay in a hotel that has been infested with these creatures. Common household bedbugs are found almost everywhere in the world. These creatures are known to adjust very well to human environment especially in temperate climates. There are a number of other pests that resemble bedbug both in appearance and habits. For you to make proper identification, you might need to magnify it or sometimes if you have experience with different species.

There are various types of bedbug and their related pests. These insects live by sucking blood from their hosts such as birds, bats, some rodents and even humans. They mostly attack when the host is asleep, that is why in order to get good access, they inhibit homes or nests of their hosts. Good identification of different kinds of bedbugs would be very helpful in getting rid of them. Read More →

Bed Bugs Inspection – Where to Look

Bedbugs are one of the most difficult pests to get rid off, and the first step to solving a problem is knowing that you have one. Visual inspection of bedbugs, bedbugs droppings or even bedbugs eggs can go a long way in helping in their extermination and also in the prevention of further infestations. Bedbugs can live in the mattress, the bed frame, in the gap behind the wall, in couches, sofas anywhere where people sleep. If you have a large colony of bedbugs, you will be able to see live bedbugs, but most people are only able to see signs of bedbugs such as bedbug skins, excrement or blood stains.

The Bed Linen

While inspecting for bed bugs the best place to start is the bed linen. Remove all bedding sheets down to the bottom sheet. Check for blood stains or excrement. Usually, if the linen hasn’t been changed this itself is a dead giveaway of existence of bedbugs. After you are done inspecting the bed sheets, if you still suspect bedbugs soak the bed sheets in hot water for at least 20 minutes. This should kill any bedbugs or bedbugs eggs that you might have missed. Be sure to check pillow covers and seams. If there is a bedbug infestation in the pillows its best to dispose of them and get new ones. Read More →

Top Ten Things You Should Know about Bedbugs

With the number of bedbug infestations at an all time high in 2014, people are well aware of these pesky little bugs and the risks they pose. Your best defense against these little bloodsuckers is to be armed and ready with the knowledge on how best to prevent them from moving in to your home and making themselves comfortable. In this article, we discuss ten things you should know about bedbugs.

Bedbugs hitchhike

Bedbugs are only about the size of an apple seed and if you aren’t actively searching for them the chances are, you won’t notice them as they hitch a ride on your suitcase or in the seams of your jacket. Wherever you stay, a hotel, even a friend’s home, it’s a good idea to check your clothing and belongings before leaving to ensure you don’t take home an unwanted Bedbug or two.

Seal all cracks and crevices

Bedbugs generally hide during the daytime and come out at night to feed. During the day, they’ll hide in the cracks and crevices of your home, usually close to their food source (humans). Don’t leave them anywhere to take root, seal all cracks and crevices.

Daytime and nighttime feeders

Despite their name, bedbugs go where ever they need to, no matter the time of day, in order to feed on humans.

Heat is their worst enemy

While bedbugs have proven resistant to some chemicals, heat is their worst enemy. If you’ve found an infestation, heat treatment is your best option but it’s best you call in the professionals who know what they’re doing.

Bedbugs aren’t fussy eaters

Messy homes, clean homes, old, young, rich or poor, it’s all the same to bedbugs. If you’re human that’s enough for them.

They go where the food is

If you think changing rooms will thwart the bedbugs efforts to feed, you’re mistaken. They go where the food is and will follow you where ever you go, thus spreading the infestation further.

Let the professionals deal with them

While you can cause bedbugs some significant problems by hunting them down and sealing cracks etc, you should never attempt fumigation on your own. Likewise, don’t use bug bombs or foggers as these will only cause the bugs to disperse and spread them throughout your home and even to your neighbors. If you find them, as early as possible, get the professionals in to do the job.

Not all bites appear the same

You can’t rely on the bites alone as an indicator you have bedbugs. No two bites are the same and you may confuse them with mosquito or biting fly bites.

Sniff them out

You can tell you have a bedbug infestation when there is an unexplained bitter or musty smell in the air.

Bed bugs may be making a comeback but armed with the right knowledge, you can prevent them from coming anywhere near your home. Should you discover an infestation however, don’t take them on alone unless you know what you are doing. Send for the professionals so you can rest easy at night.