Sunday, January 16, 2022

Don’t let the bed bugs bite



After vanishing for half a century, bed bugs are back. In the United States, bed bugs were a problem until after World War II. With the widespread use of DDT in the 1940s and 1950s, bed bugs mostly disappeared in the United States. However, they remained prevalent in other regions of the world.

What are bed bugs? What do they look like?

Bed Bugs are blood-feeding parasites of human and birds. They are small, flat, broadly oval, wingless bugs. Adult bed bugs reach 5-7 mm in length. They are brown to dark red in color, while nymphs (juveniles) are as small as 1.5 mm and tan in color.

How many eggs can a female bed bug lay?

A female bed bug lays between 300 and 1,000 eggs in her lifetime of from six to twelve months. Female bed bugs deposit their eggs on rough surfaces or in cracks and crevices. Eggs hatch in 6 to 17 days, and nymphs can immediately begin to feed.

Can bed bugs transmit diseases?

Bed bugs do not transmit any diseases. Their medical significance is mainly limited to the itching and inflammation of the bites. Bed bug bites are often no more than little red bumps, similar to mosquito bites but with a unique bite pattern of a linear group of three or four bites. The usual treatment for the bites is topical applications of antiseptic or antibiotic creams to prevent infection.

How do bed bugs spread?

Bed bugs are fast-moving insects that are active mainly night. They hide in dark, protected areas during the day. They don’t have nests like ants or bees, but tend to congregate in habitual hiding places. They are excellent hitchhikers and are usually transported in on luggage, clothing, beds, furniture, etc.

Where do bed bugs hide?

Initially, they can be found around the bed area, especially along seams and folds of mattresses. In heavier infestations, they can be scattered throughout the bedroom and other areas of the home, such as window and door frames, electrical boxes, floor cracks, furniture, and under the tack board of wall-to-wall carpeting. Other hiding places might include pictures, wall hangings, drapery, loosened wall paper, and ceiling moldings.

Their hiding places are characterized by dark spotting and staining, which is the dried excrement of the bugs. There may also be blood stains on sheets and mattresses. In heavier infestations these may be accompanied by a sweetish odor.

How can a bed bug infestation be controlled?

Vacuums can be a powerful tool for removing bugs and eggs from mattresses, carpets, walls, and other surfaces, but ultimately, insecticides are important in their elimination.

Once bed bugs have invaded a home, they can be difficult to eliminate. Their habit, size, and hardy nature help contribute to their persistence. It is recommended to hire a licensed pest management professional to combat these challenging creatures. Familiarity will help to avoid infestations, or at least prompt earlier intervention by a professional.

“Sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite”

If you have any questions about bed bugs or any other pests, please send them to or call 239-389-1468.

Yvette is a Florida Certified Pest Control Operator in general household pest control and lawn and ornamental spraying. She completed studies in Entomology and Pest Control and holds a Pest Control Technology certificate from the University of Florida. She is a Licensed Landscape Contractor in Collier County and has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Yvette and her husband, Al, are the owners of Affordable Landscaping Service and Design, LLC., a company that offers Landscaping Design, Lawn Care, Tree Trimming, and Pest Control Services.

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