No longer thought of as just part of an affectionate good-night saying to your children, bed bugs have become something of a real-life nightmare for everyone.
The adult bed bug has a dark brown, wingless body with a crinkled shape on its “shell.” However, once the bed bug has fed on human blood, its body becomes elongated and swollen and changes from brown to a dull red. Its size depends on the amount of blood that the bed bug consumes.
An unfed bed bug is between one-fourth and three-eighths of an inch long.
Bed Bug Treatment
Getting rid of bed bugs can be tricky. Here are the following simple Dos and Don’ts for dealing with bed bugs:
- Store all your accessible food in rodent-proof containers such as glass or metal
- Identify a reputable pest control company. It should be licensed, insured and state-certified.
- Bag up all clothing in plastic garbage bags, which must be sealed airtight.
- Dry-clean garments. Chemicals in dry-cleaning can kill bedbugs; washers and dryers will kill them only at temperatures above 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bag books, papers, pictures, most loose objects and contents of closets to exterminators have access to all cracks and crevices in the home.
- Expect exterminators to apply restricted-use, federally approved pesticides and return for follow-up treatment
- Don’t panic: bed bugs don’t carry or transmit diseases.
- Don’t spray your home or apartment: It can spread or scatter the pests.
- Don’t throw out mattresses or furniture unwrapped: They can fall off and infest other parts of the building.
- Don’t put kerosene, gasoline, or chemicals on mattresses: It’s a fire hazard and is ineffective.
- Don’t reuse bags after vacuuming affected areas.
- Don’t permit asthmatics, pregnant women, seniors or small children to stay in apartments or homes that are being sprayed with pesticides.
However, the best thing to do if you suspect a bed bug problem in your Phoenix home is to get in touch with a pest control expert who has experience in handling and treating bed bug infestations.
How Do I Get Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are carried into your home by a host. The thing that really assists these bugs in their survival is their ability to go long periods of time with no food source.
Under the right conditions, they can go up to 18 months without food. So what happens is, they hide and wait for an unsuspecting host to come along. You could pick them up in virtually any public place – just watch the news and you will hear of libraries, hotels, clothing stores, inns, bed and breakfasts, college dorms, movie theaters, resorts, etc. All these places have been reporting infestations.
What Attracts Them and How Do They Feed on Us?
Bed Bugs are attracted to us by carbon dioxide of our exhaled breath and our body heat. If you ever look at a room that is infested, you will notice that the largest concentrations of them are located at the head of the bed.
The bug pierces the skin of its host and injects saliva that contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, then withdraws the blood of its host.
They prefer to feed at night in a dark room but will feed in a room that is lit up if they are hungry. Once they are done feeding they’ll return to their hiding area.
You will often find black staining in these hiding areas, such as behind the corner protectors on a box spring bed mattress or along the seams of the mattress. The spots are actually liquid fecal matter that stains the mattress when the bugs excrete.
How Do I Get Rid of Them?
First off, call a professional bed bug treatment Phoenix pest control expert who has experience with bed bugs. There are three popular pest treatments right now for controlling them: Chemical, Heat, and a Combination of Heat and Chemicals.