National Bed

Bug Association

What Are bed bugs

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Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animalsor humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed.However, after feeding, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.

Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames,and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.

However, over time, they may spread through the bedroom, moving intoany crack or protected location. They may also spread to nearby rooms or apartments.

Because bedbugs live solely on blood, having them in your home is not a sign of dirtiness. They are as likely to be found in impeccable homes and hotel rooms as in filthy ones.Bedbugs are mainly active during the night, normally biting people while theyare sleeping. They feed by piercing the skin and disengaging blood through their extended beak. Bed bug feed from three to ten minutes to become engorged and then crawl away unnoticed.At first, bedbug bites are painless. However they later turn into itchy, swolen bumps. Bed bug bitesare mainly around the ankles where skin is exposed while sleeping.

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Signs of Infestation

-Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases

-Dark or rusty spots of bedbug droppings on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls-Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide

-An unpleasant, moldy odor from the bugs' scent glands

Confirmation of infestation

If infestation is suspected, remove all bedding and carefully check it for any signs of bed bugs. Remove the dust cover over the bottom of the box springs and thoroughly examine the seams in the wood framing. Also, check the area around the bed, including inside of books, telephonesor radios, the edge of the carpet and electrical outlets. You may want to check your closet because bedbugs can attach to clothing.

Bed bug self treatment

Getting rid of bedbugs begins with cleaning up the places where bedbugs live. This should include the following:

- Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on   the highest dryer setting. Place stuffed animals, shoes, and other items that   can't be washed in the dryer and run on high for 30 minutes.

- Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming.

- Vacuum your bed and surrounding area frequently. After vacuuming,   immediately place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and place in garbage can outdoors.

- Encase mattress and box springs with a tightly woven, zippered cover to keep bedbugs  from entering or escaping.

- Bedbugs may live up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least  one year to make sure all bugs in the mattress are dead.

- Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide.

- Get rid of clutter around the bed.

Bed bug extermination

Removal process

Cleaning up infested areas will be helpful in controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them usually requires product treatments. Because treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be extremely harmful, it is important to use products that can be used safely in bedrooms without harmful chemicals. Although a chemical treatment remains the most efficient method in the removal of the unwanted critters. It is a very risky procedure especially to children and pets. A room that has been treated with chemicals should not be used for over 48 hours after treatment. There is good news though! New organic treatments have emerged into the market and have slowly been replacing the old traditional way of extermination. Although these products are a little more costly, they offer many advantages. The most relevant being, that they are safe to use around children and pets. There is no need baracade the room after treatment, and sheets do not need to be washed after treatment.  These advantages are very important to hotel and motel owners.