What Are Bed Bugs Attracted To ? They are ignorant listeners, uninvited housemaids of the worst kind. Bedbugs – small blood suckers that sneak into your house, hide in the cracks and crevices and come out at night for partying. While bedbugs have been around for as long as humans – they are found in Egyptian tombs and Aristotle writes about them – their presence began to make headlines a few years ago, as hotels, apartments, dormitories and homeowners fought the little buggers.
Bedbugs have not had much trouble until recently, when local pest control professionals are beginning to see a steady increase in reports.
“This is definitely an increasing problem,” said Dawn Gouge, a public health entomologist with the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
“But of course we know better how not to invite them home and what to do if we know they’ve arrived.”
So how do you keep bedbugs from invading your home? And what should you do if you suspect you are not alone in your bed?
“First of all, do not panic,” Gouge said. “Breathe Understand that bedbugs are not related to an unclean environment and they do not transmit disease, but should be treated very seriously.”
Signs that you may have bedbugs include finding the bug itself, eggs or dirt; Spatters small blood on your bed sheets and, in some people, red, itching burns from allergic reactions to their saliva.
Gouge says that having bedbugs – which can live for weeks, months or even a year between breastfeeding – can be one of the more alarming situations. Recent studies have linked bedbug infestations with reports of anxiety and even suicide.
While it takes dedication and persistence – and a truly great pest control professional – you can win the fight against bedbugs, Gouge says.
“The sooner you contact a pest management expert, the easier, faster and cheaper,” Gouge said. “There are no over-the-counter products that will eradicate the bedbugs, you can kill them, but to really eradicate them, you need pest management professionals who have the equipment, access to specific products and knowledge on how to use them.”
He said that frustrated victims of bedbugs could make the problem worse.
“A lot of the things people do are often much more destructive and dangerous than the bedbugs themselves,” Gouge said. “People are going to put gasoline or rubbing alcohol around the edges of their mattresses, they’ll spray pesticides onto their beds, they’ll apply pesticides even to their own people you should not do that.”
He said following a fairly simple rule can prevent infestation and minimize maintenance.
Doug Brunner, contract administrator at Termite University and Pest Control in Tucson, said residents often wait until the problem is out of control.
“People are reluctant to make the call because of social stigma,” he said. “It’s the impression that if you have a bedbug, you must make a mistake, and that’s not the point.”
He says people can take bedbugs wherever and bring them home. “Bedbugs are everywhere, they are in restaurants, cinemas, trains and airplanes, bedbugs are a bit like a hitch, this is an accidental introduction.”
Universities use integrated pest management – from vacuuming to targeted pesticide applications – to kill insects. Residents must follow protocols that will make pests begin to recover. In general, maintenance costs $ 70 per hour, with an average home taking three to four hours, says Brunner.
Treatment was followed two weeks later with more reinsection and treatment, if necessary.
Vacuums and pesticides are not the only effective methods of killing bedbugs. Pest Burn Removal also uses dogs and heat to find and eliminate bedbugs.
Sage Garvey, director of technical operations at Burns, said the company has 13 well-trained dogs sniffing the bedbugs across the state.
Teeth teeth include laboratory, beagle dog, Bassett dog and the other is trained on the aroma of bedbugs.
“They are much better and faster in detecting bedbugs than humans,” Garvey said. If the dog kisses the insects, they remind the handler, which makes visual confirmation.
Burns use chemicals or heat – which is more expensive – to kill insects. Treatment can cost $ 400 to $ 2,000, depending on the size of the property and the level of infestation.
Garvey says that convection ovens are built in homes or businesses. The building is heated to 138 degrees to 10 hours, kills insects.
Garvey said the rise of the bedbug “brought the pest-control industry to a surprise.”
“We may now be at their peak in the event,” he said.
Prevent bedbugs from taking up residence in your home:
- Never move furniture from the roadside or from the trash to your home.
- Avoid moving furniture, especially mattresses or spring boxes to your home.
- Check the rental furniture before accepting it to your home. Avoid renting bedroom furniture.
- When traveling, check motel / hotel rooms before unpacking. Check the mattress, the spring-box, and behind the headboard for signs of bedbug activity. Do not place luggage on the bed or on the floor near the bed. The safest place to store items is in the bathtub or shower.
- After returning home, leave your luggage in the garage and wash the machine and dry all clothes at high temperature or dry clean.
- Reduce clutter. Homes that are not cluttered are much easier to monitor and repair.
- Wash weekly sheets and dry goods with high heat (140 degrees) for an additional 40 minutes after drying.
- Do not take blankets, pillows or stuffed animals to other hotels or homes.
- Consider putting a bedbug monitoring device like a ClimbUp Interceptor trap under the legs.
- Minimum weekly vacuum and dispose of bags or cans to containers outside.
- Adjust mattresses and box-springs with safety devices designed to prevent movement of bedbugs from entering and leaving the bed. If tears ostracized, should be replaced immediately.
Myth: You can not see the bedbug.
Reality: You should be able to see adult bedbugs, nymphs and eggs with your naked eye.
Myth: Bedbugs stay in dirty places.
Reality: Bedbugs are not interested in dirt and dirt; They are attracted to warmth, blood and carbon dioxide. However, chaos offers more hiding places.
Myth: Bedbugs transmit disease.
Reality: No cases or studies show that bedbugs spread disease from one host to another.
Myth: Bedbugs will not come out if the room is brightly lit.
Reality: While bedbugs prefer the darkness, keeping the light stay alive at night will not keep this pest from biting you.
Myth: The pesticide application itself will easily remove bedbug infestations.
Reality: Bedbug control can only be maintained through a treatment strategy that includes various techniques plus careful monitoring. Proper use of pesticides can be part of the strategy, but not necessarily eliminate bedbugs.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Do you know?
In 2011, Arizona joined several other states that enacted a bedbug law. The law sets specific responsibilities to landlords and tenants in multifamily housing. This law does not apply to single family residence. Landlords are required to provide new and existing tenants with educational materials about bedbugs. In addition, landlords are forbidden to intentionally rent a bedside dwelling. Legislation requires the tenant to inform the owner of bedbug infestation.
If you detect bedbugs:
- Do not panic.
- Contact pest control professionals.
- Do not move goods in or out of a full room, including electronic goods, which can store pests.
- Do not use foggers or bug bombs. Certain products push the movement of bugs into the wall cavity, making remediation more challenging and expensive.
- Do not entertain visitors while you are fighting against bedbugs.
Source: University of Arizona Cooperativive Extension and UA entomologist Dawn Gouge