FAQ; How Do Bed Bugs Spread from Person to Person? Where Do These Parasitic Insects Hide?
Bed bugs have been an issue for centuries. Just prior to WWII bed bugs were a major epidemic and a real concern for the public. Following the war however, scientists managed to create an insecticide that was able to eradicate them. For decades, bed bugs were nothing more than something mentioned in children’s rhymes. But with the convenience of world traveling and the banning of these pesticides, bed bugs are making a comeback. But modern methods are becoming effective and RAM Pest Control can help you with any bed bug infestation you are experiencing.
FAQ; What Are Bed Bug Feeding Times? Can You See Bed Bugs? Can These Parasitic Insects Make You Sick?
For those that are unfamiliar with bed bugs, we have compiled a frequently answered questions list and answered a handful of the most commonly asked questions. If you have any further questions, please feel welcome in contacting us.
Q: What are bed bugs and can you see them?
A: Bed bugs formally belong to the Cimicidae family. They are incredibly tiny when full grown and appear no bigger than apple seed, brown or reddish brown after feeding, flat; unless engorged after a feast and have oval bodies. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed on the blood warm-blooded hosts, favoring human blood. Bed bugs adapt easily to their surroundings and environment and are found nearly everywhere in the world. Since humans are their preferred choice, bed bugs are usually found in close proximity.
Q: Where do bed bugs hide during the day?
A: Bed bugs can hide nearly anywhere during the day. More often than not, infestations occur through contact with furniture in hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments and private homes that are infested. Bed bugs are often passed on from 2nd hand clothing or furniture. Apartment complexes often have bedbugs because their ability to reproduce quickly and spread out rapidly.
Q: What are the general feeding habits of bed bugs?
A: As mentioned before, bed bugs feed primarily on humans and when they do they inject two hollow tubes into the skin. The 1st tube injects an anti-coagulant anesthetic to keep the blood flowing and with the other tube, the bed bug sucks out your blood. A bed bug usually only feeds for approximately five minutes before it returns to its safe place. Additionally, they start appearing at dusk, as they are nocturnal.
Q: Are bed bug bites a health concern?
A: When the bed bug bite first bites down, the penetration is typically unnoticed, but signs of the bite might manifest itself minutes or even hours later. The bite usually appears to be a flat welt or a raised, red bump that is very itchy in most cases. The good news, bed bug bites are not threatening health risk, but just an itchy annoyance. However, in some cases, the bed bug’s bite can cause skin irritation, rashes, or an allergic reaction from the 1st tube’s injection.
Q: What can be done to relieve itching from bed bug bites?
A: Anti-itch cream is frequently the most effective.
Q: Are there common signs I have a bed bug infestation?
A: Bed bug signs are typically of the following;
– pungent, musky odors
– small red blood stains on the sheets
– rusty colored spots, which is their fecal matter
– bed bug bite
– shed bed bug skin
– bed bugs themselves.
Q: Where do bed bugs hide in houses?
A: Start by checking your bed, mattress itself and the corners of bed nets and seams, bed bug frames, head boards, bedding, and box spring. They will also hide in surrounding furniture, behind peeling paint, wooden floorboards. In most cases bed bugs are in small, concentrated areas within 10-20 feet of where you sleep. Anywhere that bed bugs feel hidden and secure is where they can be found.
Q: What do I need to know if I have bedbugs?
A: If suspect bed bugs in your room, avoid bringing anything in the contaminated room because as the bed bugs can easily attach themselves to other objects. Do not to start sleeping in a different bed, sofa or with another family member or friend, as it makes it possible for the bed bugs to follow you to the new location and spread out their numbers into the next room. Contact professional help.