Category: Bed Bugs

Don’t Bring Home Bed Bugs This Summer

Bed bugs are the summer vacation souvenir that none of us want to bring home. But picking them up is a risk when you’re sleeping anywhere outside your home. Bed bugs spread by hitching a ride on luggage, clothing and infested furniture or bedding, and they’re small enough that you can carry... more
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Bedbug bites 101

Like fleas, bedbugs also survive on blood. They are small, reddish brown, and oval shaped. You may not see them during the day because they hide in dark places. They tend to bite people when they’re sleeping. This is because they’re attracted to your body heat and the carbon dioxide produced... more
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Common Bedbug Locations

Some people believe that they are only found in developing nations, but that is not true. They are found all around the world, in Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and South America. Another common misconception is that they are only found in cluttered and/or filthy houses and motels. That is not... more
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What should I know about Bedbug habitat and feeding habits?

They generally live in small groups as opposed to nests or hives. The bugs lay eggs, and the eggs hatch into incredibly small nymphs, only about 1/16th of an inch long. The nymphs go through molten stages and grow into adult size in about 5 weeks. They reproduce quickly. The females of the... more
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Where to Find Bed Bugs

If you notice bite marks or blood spots on your body, sheets, pillows, or clothing, you may have bed bugs. Check areas of your home where they may live for further evidence. Bed bugs hide in tight, flat spaces, so they are most often found: In the seams of couches and chairs. Within the... more
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Battling Bed Bugs

PMPs get creative in the fight against these prevalent pests Bed bug infestations continue to be one of the greatest challenges for the pest management industry. According to an NPMA survey, nearly 97% of pest professionals have treated bed bugs in the past year, and 66% say the prevalence of... more
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How are bed bugs treated and prevented?

Bed bug bites usually do not pose a serious medical threat. The best way to treat a bite is to avoid scratching the area and apply antiseptic creams or lotions and take an antihistamine. Bed bug infestations are commonly treated by insecticide spraying. If you suspect that you have an infestation,... more
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What Do Bedbugs Look Like?

These bloodsucking insects possess mouthparts that are adapted to pierce and then suck blood. The bottom lip, known as the labium, is modified and forms a ‘grooved sheath’ that receives two sets of bristle like stylets. These stylets are the modified maxillae & mandibles. Some people... more
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Common Ways that Bedbug Infestation Occurs in Homes

The bugs are brought in on items that are infested, like clothing or furniture. Eggs and bugs enter the homes that have hitched a ride on pets or luggage. They are carried by wild animals like birds or bats entering the home. Dwellings that are nearby that have routes available through false... more
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What do bed bugs eat?

Bed bugs eat blood. They prefer to feed on humans, but if a human host isn’t available, they will feed on other warm-blooded animals (such as cats, dogs, birds, rats, etc.). Bed bugs do not drink water. Bed bugs will not feed on blood oozing from a cut or wound, or from a dead... more
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