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    • What Illnesses Do Bed Bugs Spread

      We all know that bed bugs can leave bites on your skin.  But so do many types of insects, and is this really a cause for concern?

      It’s not entirely certain if bed bugs can spread other diseases to humans, such as leprosy or oriental sores.  Cases of these are poorly documented, however being bitten by a bed bug is a cause for concern, whether as an infant or an adult.

      The greatest risk, for certain, would be irritation of the bites.  Not all people react the same to bed bug bites.  Typically, a bed bug bite will not become visible until a day or two after the actual bite from the bug.  However, sometimes the bites do not show at all, since some people do not react to being bitten.  For people who are very allergic, large wheals can appear that will gradually shrink.

    • What Is a Bed Bug infestation?

      Bed bugs do not just come out of thin air.  They are brought into our home, usually by our own or someone else’s luggage or clothing.  So what is your first notion that you may have an infestation?

      Often a person will start with some unidentified bites on their body.  Since bed bug bites start with a venom that causes paralysis to the pain site, recognition of the bite usually comes later.  A person will go to bed feeling fine and then wake up to itchy bites.  However, just waking up to some bites on your body doesn’t accurately identify an infestation.

      Adult bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye.  They are reddish brown in color, wingless and about the size of an apple seed.  Immature bed bugs can also be seen with the naked eye but they are much smaller than the adults and whitish yellow in color, which makes them more difficult to see.

      Another thing to look for would be the bed bugs molted skin.  In order for the bugs to grow, they must shed their skin a total of 5 times, leaving thousands of these skins present in the inner corners of the mattress.

      There are several different places to look for the bugs or their skins.  Those include:

      • Mattress seams
      • Behind head boards
      • In the junction between the ceiling and wall
      • Along baseboards
      • Stuck to personal belongings

      One other thing to look for is fecal spots.  Bed bugs will leave these every 5 days of feeding or so and can be found in the same places as the bed bugs themselves along with the following:

      • Behind pictures
      • At electrical outlets
      • In curtain seams, or gathered around the rod
    • What to do when you get Bed Bugs

      The first thought that comes to mind in most people once they discover their home has become a nesting ground for bed bugs is to get rid of them.  But before you reach into your cabinet for an old can of bug spray and start covering the whole house with it, there is one important task you need to take care of first, and that is identifying the source of the infestation.

      The first location that comes to mind when identifying the source of bed bugs: the bed of course!  And although that is a valid location to start out, you will also need to look under the tufts, seams and folds of the mattress as well.

      Now despite their namesake, Bed Bugs are not only found in beds or under mattresses.  Parasites can make a home in almost any area of your home.  You can find them hiding in droves beneath your carpets or in shag rugs.  You can find them crawling through the clothes in your dresser or closet.  You can also find them crawling around anywhere from the cracks in your walls to the light bulb shrouds beneath your celling fans.

      Bed bugs, despite their cozy sounding name, are still creepy crawlies and they can be found in any area of the house.  So even if you think you may have only a small infestation of bugs you should probably still consider calling pest control to handle your infestation.

    • Where do be bugs come from?

      The biggest question asked by many annoyed homeowners with bed bug infestations is where do bed bugs come from?  Even homeowners that maintain the highest standards of hygiene and order come into contact with these bloods sucking parasites, but how?

       

      For starters, there is not a single country in the world that has not been visited by bed bugs. Since the early epochs of history bed bugs have always managed to stow themselves away in the bags of unsuspecting travelers.  Bed bugs being just ¼ inch in size can easily sneak into baggage, luggage, clothes, trailers, planes, trains, buses, anything and everything without being noticed.  If you have recently traveled or had a visitor staying in your home, chances are that the bed bugs have hitched a ride in the travel luggage or baggage.  They tend to hide in the seams of baggage and become uninvited guests in your home.  If your next doors neighbors have a tendency to visit you, it’s possible they’ve brought a few bed bugs into your home.  Your laundry room may also provide a way for bed bugs to enter your home.  One day, if you’re allowing a friend or neighbor to use your laundry room chances are that they have passed on a few bed bugs to you without you knowing it.  Many people launder their bed linens and clothes in case of an infestation and may unconsciously bring along some bed bugs in their laundry bags.

      The bed bug is a well-traveled parasite and can always find a way to make a person’s home their home. 

    • Why bed bugs have Infested Cities in U.S

      Bed bug infestation is a menace which is haunting many cities in the U.S. Health officers are trying to come up with ways on how they can control this. But to some extent, it seems that they are unable. But how comes U.S cities like Indianapolis, New York, Cleveland, Miami, Houston just to mention but a few have been listed to have worst bedbugs? Are these areas prone to be infested with bugs or how bugs were found in these areas?

      It is most likely that these bugs were brought here by summer travelers who come from areas where there are bugs. But again, how did they carry these bedbugs? Bedbugs can even hide beneath the collar of your shirt. Since they are tiny, you might not be able to spot them especially if the color of your shirt resembles them.  Alternatively, these bugs are carried from one city to the other through buses. Since bed bugs’ hidden dark places, they may find perfect breeding areas which are between seats joints in buses.

      Lack of proper way to control these menace is also contributing to these bugs to continue disturbing many Americans. Though they don’t cause diseases, the agony that they cause to the victims is unbearable. The bites from bed bugs- if they prolong without control can lead to one suffer from anemic conditions. You cannot deny that you can’t be infested by bedbugs because they are capable of being carried from one point to another without your knowledge. That is why U.S cities have been infested with the menace of bedbugs.

    • Why Bed bug Infestations are Rampant

      There have been situations where bed bugs have been declared a disaster. There are also areas which have been known to be prone to bedbugs. But the fact is that such places are prone to bugs as we don’t have awareness about its infestation. Are you aware that even the taxi that you use can have bedbugs? Yes, be careful when you travel­ in that taxi, you might act as a carrier of bugs from point A to point B.

      Bedbug infestation is rampant because some people do not maintain cleanliness in their home. How often do you clean your bedroom and your bedding? And, if you don’t do it often, your home is more likely to be infested with bugs. This is one of the many reasons for which some people keep crying of bedbug infestation.

      Lack of awareness is also a factor here. In a situation where there might be a campaign to educate people on how they can prevent or get rid of bugs. A few people would adhere to it but majority have this tendency of saying “my house has no bedbugs”. With such perception, that is why bugs keep haunting people.  

      Poor control measures also contribute to this.  There is no way you are going to cover your mattress with encasement and be sure you have protected or controlled bugs. In case you spot signs of bugs in your home, use all possible means whether it’s spraying, cleaning the room and all you can plus destroying all breeding areas. Without doing this, bugs will remain sucking you and your family every single night.

    • Why bed bugs are a big Menace in some U.S cities

      Someone might be thinking how bedbugs can be a menace, though they are small parasitic insects? It is a question to those who have never seen or never been infested by these sucking bugs. Bedbugs are a big menace in some U.S cities like New York, Miami and Albany just to mention but a few. The question why bedbugs are a menace in U.S cities is because of the following:

      Lack of appropriate measure to eradicate these bugs gives them a chance to multiply. There are measures for both home owners and pest control professionals who can undertake and control all these. Many people are not aware of the hiding place and breeding ground of these bugs and that is why they still rule some of these cities.

      Lack of awareness on how these bedbugs spread from one city to another also contributes to bedbugs’ outbreak. This has been necessitated because bedbugs can survive in any area even in buses, trains and when people move from one city to another, they also carry these bugs to where they go. As Individuals also play a role in carrying these bugs but they might not be aware of that.

      There is no commitment from those who have been infested with bedbugs and on how to get rid of them. Indeed,  If these cities can come up with measures in together with those homes that have been infested with bugs, there is no way they are going to be a menace again.

    • Why should you control bed bugs?

      Then question about how, when, why should we control these blood sucking bugs? It should be a topic of discussion but, it should be taken with the importance it deserves; not by only health officers but by everyone. This is because bed bugs do not choose whom to and not to attack but they can attack everyone instead. So it is you and me to take up the initiative and make sure we control bedbugs.

      Loosing blood through these sucking bugs is something that has to be controlled to prevent victims from anemia. These bugs suck any time they have a chance. One other reason why we should control bed bugs is to prevent spreading them from one place to another.  That is why some cities or places have been infested with these bugs because; those who had been infested by them never took accurate measures to control them.

      The smell that is produced by the demotion or that comes from the breeding areas of these bugs is something that you will never have to smell. It is foul plus the look of the black spots on bed sheets and on furniture is so lousy. The thing is that you have to keep your bedding and furniture clean. If you do not control them, then you have to deal with all these (black spots on beddings, furniture, smell etc).

      Bed bugs are to be controlled because they are nuisance and boring. It’s like you are rearing a stranger who is out to feast from you. There are several ways in which you can do all these but the fact remains, you have to prevent and control bed bugs.

    • What you might have ignored about Bed Bugs

      Many have information about bed bugs and at the same time, many might be aware or heard about bed bugs but they might have ignored because of ignorance. This is the biggest disease that a human being can suffer from and that is why the menace of bed bugs still haunts them. Thinking that, you cannot be infested with bed bugs is one of the ignorance that some people have and that is why they are unable to control these bugs.

      Look at that scenario where bed bugs have infested your home and due to ignorance you decide not to look for experts to help you control these sucking bugs. When these bed bugs are out of control in your home, never sit back and wait, take an action instead. Some have this knowledge because they assume they know .And they end up controlling themselves but in real sense, they can’t. This is ignorance and you have to seek help to stop these bugs.

      Since some of you might not be aware that, you can be acting as a carrier of these bugs from where they are to where they are going through their clothes, they never check their clothes before they put on. Though they might be in a suitcase or your drawer, these are places where these bugs do hide.

      You might have ignored to clean your furniture thinking that, when you clean the entire house you have eradicated these sucking bugs. NO, you have to clean furniture in the house. Many do ignore some of these measures and that is why they are suffering at the moment.

    • What you might have not known about Bed bugs

      A bed bug is a bloodsucking insect which is a parasite of mammals and birds. They exclusively feed on blood and that is why human beings are mostly infested with them. Many people complain of bed bugs not knowing that they might be the one who might have welcomed these bugs and they provide them with perfect place for them to survive. Bed bugs survive in dark places and thus if you never open your bedroom window to allow natural light and fresh air inside your room, you are encouraging bed bugs to take control of your room.

      If you never clean your house thoroughly especially in corners, furniture and even joints of your bed, chances are that you are not doing enough to get rid of or prevent bugs from infesting your house. This is so because these are the places where bugs hide and breed.

      If you observe cleanliness, you are not likely to be infested with bed bugs. But, you cannot just ignore the fact that, even if you have never encountered them in your house, should you not take preventive measures? Yes . You should always take preventive measures to keep off these sucking bugs.

      These bugs can be carried by anyone and can be taken anywhere, so you have s to be always  on the lookout if you see any sign of them. Though they do not cause disease but continuous sucking of blood from you can cause anemia. Mattress corners, torn mattresses, furniture, beds (especially in joints) are the best place where these bugs hide. Pesticides can help you control or prevent them but you don’t have to wait until the situation is out of control so that you can start crying out for help.

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