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While we worry more and more bedbug infestations while vacationing in  hotels & motels people seldom think that this little critters will invade their own homes. 

The common bedbug (Cimex lectularius) is the best adapted to human environments, including your own home. It is found in temperate climates throughout the world and lives off the blood of humans. 
 

Spotting Bedbugs:

Adult bedbugs are a reddish-brown, flattened, oval, and wingless, with microscopic hairs that give them a banded appearance. A common misconception is that they are not visible to the naked eye. However they can easily be seen as adults grow to 4-5 mm in length and do not move quickly enough to escape the notice of an attentive observer. Newly hatched nymphs are translucent, lighter in colour and continue to become browner as they moult and reach maturity. In size, they are often compared to lentils or appleseeds.

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Common Misconceptions - Dirt and Bedbugs

Bedbugs may be wrongly associated with filth in the mistaken notion that this attracts them. However, bedbugs are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and body heat, not by dirt, and they feed on blood, not waste. In short, the cleanliness of their environments has no effect on bedbugs as they feed on their hosts, not on waste.

It is important to note, however, that a clean environment does have an effect on the control of bedbugs. Good housekeeping in association with proper preparation and mechanical removal by vacuuming will certainly assist in control.

While stopping these unwanted pests from entering your facility is next to impossible, there is a way to control the problem. 

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Controlling Bedbugs:

NIMBY Pest Management uses a clean, environmentally safe, chemical free means of controlling bedbugs.  NIBMY's Steam Pest Management uses super-heated steam to quickly and effectively kill bedbugs.  Our Integrated Pest Management programs allow our NIMBY professionals to visit your hotel monthly, bi-monthly or on demand to provide quick, effective eradication of your bedbug problems.


Feeding Habits


Bedbugs are generally active only at dawn, with a peak feeding period about an hour before sunrise. They may attempt to feed at other times, however, given the opportunity, and have been observed to feed at any time of the day. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide (from humans), the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. With one tube it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, while with the other it withdraws the blood of its host. After feeding for about five minutes, the bug returns to its hiding place. The bites cannot usually be felt until some minutes or hours later, as a dermatological reaction to the injected agents, and the first indication of a bite usually comes from the desire to scratch the bite site.


 

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How Long Can They Live?
 

This is the essential question for hotel and home owners.  Bedbugs can live for a year or as much as eighteen months without feeding.  Typically, they will look for blood from a human host every five to ten days.

Do Bedbugs Indicate a Dirty Environment?

NO, bedbugs are often mistakenly associated with filth and the notion that filth attracts them. The fact is though, the cleanliness of the hotel or house/apartment has nothing to do with bedbugs being present.  The main factor is the presence of humans as bedbugs are attracted by exhaled carbon dioxide and body heat, not by dirt.  In addition, they feed on blood, not waste. 
 

Bites


In most observed cases a small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bedbug bite. This is often surrounded by a slightly raised red bump and is usually accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days. Welts do not have a red spot in the center such as is characteristic of flea bites. In other cases, it is observed that welts first appear upon the incessant scratching that is triggered by the bite, and seem like a mosquito bite that increases in size upon scratching. Later, however, the welts subside but tend not to disappear like those from mosquitos, and persist for up to several weeks.

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2012 19:40
 

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