Cimex lectularius probably received its name of “Bed Bug” because they are commonly found where humans sleep. However, they can also be found on buses and trains, in theaters, restaurant booths, locker rooms, and even in office spaces. They often seek refuge during the daylight, and usually feed at night, most often between 1 AM and 5 AM, though not limited to those times. They can hide in many places within living spaces in cracks and crevices such as headboards, picture frames, mattress buttons, box springs, pillows, clock radios and electronics, and the crevices of a wooden frame that could have a slight gap.
Bed Bugs were not known as migratory insects in the past, but have adapted and now freely travel from room to room and apartment to apartment with the potential to infest entire buildings in a short period of time. We have compiled a list of facts to better understand the nature of these pests.
Their eggs are 1/25? long and curved. They are often deposited in clusters and attached to cracks, crevices, or rough surfaces near adult harborages with a sticky epoxy-like substance.
Eggs typically hatch in a week to 12 days. The freshly hatched nymph is beige-colored before feeding and then turns a reddish color after getting a blood meal.
There are 5 nymphal stages for bed bugs to reach maturity, which usually takes about 32-48 days. See diagram right.
Nymphs must feed on a blood meal to grow. They shed skins as they grow, in a process called molting. Adult bed bugs can survive anywhere from seven months to one year without blood and have been known to live in empty buildings for up to one year. Nymphs have tiny translucent bodies are barely visible.
Bite reactions vary from person to person depending upon how allergic an individual is to the bed bug saliva injected at the time of the feeding. This saliva acts as an analgesic and prevents the person from feeling pain or discomfort so the bed bug can continue undetected while they feed. Furthermore, doctors are unable to distinguish a mosquito bite from a bed bug bite.
Evidence of an infestation will be tiny black speckled droppings on a mattress or box spring, molted skins castings, and eggs which are nearly impossible to see. The other sign is obviously biting.
Through a rigorous inspection and treatment process, these bugs can be eliminated. By following the pre-treatment checklist prior to the arrival of our team, the results of our program are guaranteed. However, not preparing the infested rooms greatly diminishes our ability to correct the problem and the results will be compromised.
IMPORTANT: Vital to the program is determining what is going carefully into the trash, what is going to the laundromat, and what is bed bug-free and will be in sealed containers (either sealable plastic bins or bags) and can remain in the location. These three categories must remain separate from one another and taken to their destinations. The containers deemed “bed bug-free” (once inspected) can remain in the facility in an area that has also been determined to be bed bug-free. At that point, you may begin the next phases of preparation…
We are now offering in-services with our Entomologist for commercial establishment to discuss identification, prevention, the biology/life cycle, and proactive measures to safeguard your business against bed bugs. Learn the facts with our Powerpoint presentation, a question/answer session, literature for all, and an introduction to all of the new products designed for bed bugs. Is your staff prepared in the event of an infestation?
Peace of mind from our staff, in a stressful situation…
When we come to your business, we are very much aware of the anxiety that these bugs have brought you. We understand that they are effecting your sleep and causing great stress to you & your family. Our goal is to solve this problem as quickly as possible, using only the most up to date techniques, with great sensitivity to your needs so that your life can soon return to normal. We service many homes, hotels, offices, and health care facilities that also have these bugs, so you are not alone.
We urge you to choose your pest control professional wisely. We feel that our process far surpasses the steaming or freezing techniques that some companies are using because once “the wand” of the steamer or freezing device has passed over the spot being treated there is NO residual effect. Our process has a residual of almost two weeks. Furthermore, dust applications to electrical outlets can be effective for up to 6 months. As a part of our program, we always provide our clients with additional inspections to analyze our progress and re-treat if necessary. Remember, not all pest control companies are experts at bed bugs so be sure to ask them lots of questions before you hire them.
Lastly, please have a look at our testimonial page, & read what we have done for other people. We are here if you need us and if we can answer a few questions for you we’d be happy to help. Hang in there, this problem can be resolved!