Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. If you follow the news and have seen all the attention bed bugs have received in the past few years, you might think you know all there is to know about them. They cause itchy, red bumps and they are hard to get rid of!
They’re a huge problem for many businesses from retail to hospitality and beyond. They don’t fly, they love fabric, females lay hundreds of eggs, and they’re incredibly annoying.
But these pesky insects have a lots of amazing secrets that you might be surprised to know; So let’s get started.
Bed bugs can live anywhere:
When most of the people think of bed bugs, they think of hotels. But the truth is, bed bugs can thrive in apartments, hospitals, college dorm rooms, office buildings, schools, buses, trains, movie theaters, retail stores and just about anywhere that humans are and wherever they can find juicy blood as a food.
Bed bugs are smart:
Bed bugs aren’t capable of creative problem solving, but they do rely on very strong instincts. As a survival struggle, bed bugs are elusive. They are master at staying out of view during the daytime, hiding in mattress crevices, box springs, baseboards, behind electrical switch-plates, in picture frames, and even behind wallpaper. But at nighttime, the carbon dioxide we exhale usually tempts them out of their hiding spots.
Bed bug eggs are almost too small to see:
Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which is about the size of a speck of dust, over a lifetime. A single female bed bug lays eggs every single day and lay up to 500 in a single lifetime. That means a single pregnant bug can ruin your many nights.
Bed bugs can ingest seven times their own body weight in blood:
Really ? Oh, yes ! What you think of an adult human holding 120 gallons of liquid in stomach at once ! Impossible, but bed bugs can !
Regina Gries allowed 20,000 bed bugs to bite her:
The researcher has been working on developing pheromone traps for catching the pesky pests since long time. She used herself as a test subject, allowing bed bugs to take a bite of her at regular intervals. That’s why scientists are great.
Bed bugs are beasts:
Bed bugs can live for several months without a bloody meal. This means they can exist in furniture, bags and suitcases for a long time until they are near a human host again. They can withstand temperatures from nearly freezing up to 120 degrees.
Bed bugs resist pesticides:
Historically, pest controllers removed bed bugs from homes or businesses by using traditional fumigation or pesticides. In recent years, however, bed bugs developed a natural resistance to these methods. Now, pest controllers need to use different methods to to get rid of Mr.bed bug.
Bed bugs are in anesthetists:
Have you ever wondered why people don’t wake up at night after bed bugs bite them?
The answer is that components in bed bug saliva act as an anesthetic and promote increased blood flow at the bite site, making the feeding process quick and nearly painless.
After having that pleasant meal , bed bugs move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time, they do not feed but digest their meal, mate and lay eggs. hmm.
Signs of Bed Bugs Infestation:
If you wake up with itchy areas you didn’t have when you went to sleep, you may have bedbugs, particularly if you got a used bed or other used furniture around the time the bites started.
- Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases.
- Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls.
- An offensive, musty odor from the bugs’ scent glands.
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide.
Check the area around the bed, including inside books, telephones or radios, the edge of the carpet, and even in electrical outlets. Check your closet, because bedbugs can attach to clothing mostly. If you are uncertain about signs of bedbugs, call an exterminator, who will know what to look for.
Treatment for bed bug bites :
In most cases, bedbug bites get better within one to two weeks. To relieve symptoms, it may help to:
- Apply anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to bites.
- Take an oral antihistamine to reduce itching and burning.
- Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve swelling and pain.
In rare cases, bedbug bites can cause allergic reactions. Sometimes, bedbug bites can cause an infection known as cellulitis. To reduce the risk of infection, wash the bites with soap and water and try not to scratch them.
Home remedies for bed bugs :
Suck those bugs up with a strong vacuum cleaner. You should probably vacuum at least every few days while battling an infestation. Be thorough and use the vacuum on the mattress, bedding, and soft furniture like sofas and cushy chairs.
Check electrical appliances like fans and even your laptop for signs of an infestation. Start on elevated surfaces and slowly make your way downward, paying special attention to the carpet, floors and any cracks in the walls or floorboards.
The little packets you find in food products and shoe boxes to keep the contents dry could also help kill off insects. To use them, grind up the beads and spread the powder around the source areas. If you’ve got kids or pets, you may want to avoid this technique as direct exposure and silica inhalation is harmful. Instead, opt for baking soda, which has a similar effect.
Pour it in a spray bottle and spritz away. The alcohol will kill bugs on contact.
Rub a stiff brush along the mattress seams. This will dislodge any clinging bed bugs and eggs that resist the suction of a vacuum cleaner.
You already know that baking soda absorbs moisture in the refrigerator, but you may didn’t know that it also sucks moisture out of bed bugs’ bodies. To use this powder, spread it wherever find bugs, including cracks and crevices. Be sure to vacuum and reapply it every few days.
If you’re in a hurry to get to sleep and you don’t have days to wait for many other solutions to take effect, blast your hair dryer over the affected areas. The heat will kill the bugs and allow you to go to sleep without having to worry about being someone’s healthy meal.
Did you know that bedbugs were nearly eradicated back in the 1940s? But starting in 1995, they became rampant in homes and hotels. The reason is still a mystery, but researchers believe it was a combination of increased travel, pesticide resistance and of people forgetting how icky these critters are that allowed them to come back with such a vengeance.
Fortunately, there are a many effective solutions now a days that you can try to rid your home of these insects for good.