Bed bugs have been nearly absent from developed countries for the last 30 years, thanks largely to the effectiveness of long-lasting insecticide products like DDT that were used extensively during the period around World War II. Millions of children have grown up singing “don’t let the bed bugs bite” without ever experiencing an actual bed bug. Creepy lullabies aside, bed bugs had simply disappeared from the American landscape. Well, they’re back. In recent years, airline routes have shrunk the planet to the point that every single bug in the world lives within a twenty-four hour flight of New York City. Additionally, the regulatory loss of long-lasting insecticides, has allowed the bed bug to make a significant comeback. With the number of sightings in the United States doubling every year, bed bugs are again proving to be a difficult and not so uncommon pest.
Bed bugs, as the name implies, are commonly associated with areas where we sleep. These insects lay dormant during daylight hours in small cracks and crevices, coming out at night to feed on our blood. Bedbugs often hide near bedding areas, but can travel up to 100 feet to obtain a meal. Most activity occurs between midnight and 7:00 a.m. The bite of a bedbug is painless, but most people will develop an allergic reaction to the saliva transferred from the bugs as they feed. The reaction will result in red swollen and itchy skin.
Bed Bug Biology
Adult bed bugs measure only an eighth of an inch in length, and are reddish-brown in color, with oval-shaped and flattened bodies. The immature nymphs resemble the adults but are smaller and lighter in color. Nymphs must molt five times before maturing and require a blood meal between each molt. Females can lay about five eggs a day and up to five hundred in a lifetime. The eggs are white, very small (1/32”), and are deposited one by one in cracks and on rough surfaces where they are secured with a sticky glue-like substance. Eggs take seven to ten days to hatch. Without the aid of magnification, newly hatched nymphs are hard to see, and they are small enough to crawl through the stitching holes in a mattress. Development progresses from egg to adult in 30-60 days, under normal conditions (it can take much longer if adequate food is not available). If a blood host is not found, newly molted nymphs can survive close to two months, and adults can survive for an entire year without feeding.
Bed Bug Control
Control of the bed bug is one of the most difficult challenges facing the pest control industry today. In the absence of long-lasting pesticides that are effective against bed bugs in the past, pest controllers are forced to rely on new treatment techniques and technologies, and some old-fashioned problem-solving skills. Proper bed bug control always starts with a thorough inspection. Bed bugs will hide where you would least expect and, for the most part, only a trained professional will be successful in finding them. For an effective bed bug treatment the following are almost always a must; the physical removal of live bugs, sealing the mattress and box spring in bug-proof encasements, and the application of targeted residual and contact insecticides. Follow-up visits are also crucial and should be scheduled at intervals that match the hatching patterns of new bed bugs. The nymphs emerge from eggs after seven to ten days, and will actively feed every ten to fourteen days. It is imperative that follow-up treatments be spaced ten to fourteen days apart in order to eradicate both new hatchlings and any other bedbugs that were dormant in hiding places during the previous treatment.
Bed Bug Preparation Information
With the recent U.S. reintroduction of bed bugs, within the past 12 to 24 months, our office has seen a large increase in bed bug activity. As we started performing bed bug services, we quickly realized that we needed to develop a way to educate and communicate with our customers. In our experience, educating the customer about bed bugs and the steps necessary to eradicate them is the most vital step we can take to satisfy the customer in the long term. In this case we need to communicate with two customers, property managers and the building residents.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A BED BUG TREATMENT:
It is often said that bed bug control is a losing battle. It doesn’t have to be. Early detection, thorough inspection, and properly-timed treatments can ensure that you are once again able to “sleep tight.”
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