Bed Bug Control for My Charlotte Home

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"There's no doubt about it: bed bugs are back! In fact, the recent Bugs Without Borders survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky found that 95 percent of U.S. based professional pest management companies have encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year. Prior to 2000, only 25 percent of respondents had encountered a bed bug infestation. In addition, the NPMA's Bed Bugs in America survey found that one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel."

Bedbugs (or bed bugs) are small nocturnal insects of the family Cimicidae that live by hematophagy, feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. Bedbugs are very flat, allowing them to hide in tiny crevices. A crack wide enough to fit the edge of a credit card can harbor bedbugs. In the daytime, they tend to stay out of the light, hidden in such places as mattress seams, mattress interiors, bed frames, nearby furniture, carpeting, baseboards, or bedroom clutter.

Physical characteristics
Adult bedbugs are 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, but adults grow to 4 to 5 mm (one-eighth to three-sixteenths of an inch) in length and do not move quickly enough to escape the notice of an attentive observer.

Feeding habits
Bedbugs are generally active only at night, with a peak attack period about an hour before dawn, though given the opportunity, they may attempt to feed at other times of day. Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, 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. Although bedbugs can live for up to 18 months without feeding, they typically seek blood every five to ten days.

Selection of professionals
Due to their absence from North America for several decades, not all exterminators in that region are familiar with extermination techniques for bedbugs. In the past, fumigation with Cyanogas was used for bedbug control. This was very effective, but also very dangerous. This method is no longer used. Fumigation – that is the use of poison gases – is costly, and though this has been tried as a method of control in isolated cases, it is transient. New infestation can be imported shortly after a fumigation has taken place. Fumigation does work, but it may not be practical, and may not be permitted in most jurisdictions. Care must thus be taken when selecting an exterminator, in order to select a professional that knows how to conduct proper bedbug removal.

PREVENTION

  • Don’t take mattresses or padded furniture that has been left at the curb or on the street.
  • Have someone check your scalp at least once a month to make sure you have not been exposed.
  • Check your bed sheets for blood spots.
  • Keep your suitcases covered in plastic and off the floor when you travel.
  • When you travel, take a small flashlight to help you look for bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs are hard to see, so if you think you have bed bugs, call a pest management professional.

Give us a call at 803-322-0404 to inspect your home and give you the best recommendations for getting rid of the bed bug problem in your home.

 

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