Discovering bed bugs in your home can be a very emotional and highly stressful experience - not least, because of the ‘social stigma’ associated with this creepy insect.
Many people still believe incorrectly that an infestation implies a lack of personal or household hygiene.
All homes are potentially at risk of bed bugs. The 2013 Bugs Without Borders survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reports that nearly all (99.6%) pest professionals in the U.S have had to treat bed bugs in the past year, mostly in private homes.
Bed bugs can be found around the world but since late 20th century they have become a significant problem in the United States and have spread rapidly across many states from New York to California.
The main causes for the resurgence of bed bugs:
Once bed bugs have been introduced into a home (or business), they can be difficult to treat, as they can multiply very quickly and are highly resilient, even to some pesticides.
The key to beating the increase in bed bug infestations is to raise awareness of the warning signs and once an infestation is discovered, to act quickly.
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When people talk about bed bugs, they are generally referring to the common / human bed bug (Cimex lectularius).
Other common names for this bed bug include “mahogany flats,” “red coats” and “chinches.”
The good news is that bed bug bites are not painful and most of us are unaware of being bitten during sleep time.
Bed bugs are not known to transmit any human disease and yet the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still regards the pest as of significant public health importance.
How can I protect my home from bed bugs? Unfortunately, as this pest is so widespread, everyone is at risk of getting bed bugs if they have been in an infested area.
While there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading bed bugs into your home, Ehrlich recommends professional bed bug treatment if you discover them in your home.
How can I tell if my home has bed bugs? Bed bug bites may often be the first sign of a problem in your home, but it is not always possible to be certain about this.
Only if you consider the bites together with other common signs of bed bugs, which can be found in your home, can you be sure you have an infestation.
Bed bugs are sometimes confused with the bat bug but there is a way to distinguish the two, by measuring the hairs on the pronotum, but this requires careful close-up examination of an actual insect.
How do you get bed bugs? Travel appears to be one of the main way of spreading bed bugs.
People who travel frequently or share living quarters with others (frequent stays in hotels or motels) are possibly at greater risk of not only getting bed bug bites but also of spreading bed bugs into new, and previously uninfested environments.
As bed bugs are experts at hiding, frequent flyers and travelers may not realize they are transporting bed bugs around with them from one location to another.
Ehrlich’s travel advice on bed bugs could prove to be helpful in keeping your home bed bug free.
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