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It has to be bed bugs because i didnt feel anything bite me during the day and you dont feel bed bugs bite. My legs also look like images

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Not sure what you are expecting to happen since you have no proof that bed bugs are the culprit. All I can suggest is to email them the room number and ask to examine for future guests. However, I doubt they are going to report anything back to you.

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Call Eastern and get rid of Bed Bugs once and for all!

You may have read or heard how difficult it can be to get rid of Bedbugs; and with an ill-considered approach it can be.

However at Eastern, we use a very scientific approach to the most recent outbreak of bed bugs. Our Bed Bug Division has a very systematic approach to helping our clients rid their households of bed bug infestations.

Some pest control companies may offer only one form of treatment. Eastern Pest offers many treatment options because each situation is different. We partner with you to find the best treatment for your problem.

This enables our bed bug program to have a very high success rate and eliminate even the worst infestation. Working closely with our clients to allow them to be a part of the solution provides a faster, quicker way to eradicate bed bugs.

Bed bug elimination is a partnership together we can get rid of bed bugs and prevent them from coming back.

When you call Eastern for bed bug control and elimination, you can expect a bed bug specialist to do a free inspection of the home or bring in a bed bug detection dog to confirm there is an infestation. Once the extent of the infestation is identified, the specialist will go over the various treatment options and recommend the best option for you based on how severe the problem really is. Whether bed bugs are contained to specific room or throughout the home or business, the specialist will recommend the bed bug treatment that suits your needs. Were so confident that your bed bug problem will be solved, we put a lengthy guarantee on every one of our bed bug treatment methods. Youll also learn bed bug prevention tips and techniques which will help you avoid reinfesting your home.

Here are some of the bed bug treatments and processes Eastern Pest uses to get rid of bed bugs:

Bed Bug Dogs – A pest management professional with a properly-trained bed bug dog can achieve a detection rate of up to 90% compared to 40% without a trained dog. A properly-trained dog can detect bed bugs faster and more accurately than any other method – saving time and money for large facilities and homes – leading to lower remediation costs. Click here to learn more about bed bug dogs.

Conventional Treatment This is the most popular treatment because of its effectiveness and affordability. It involves 2 insecticide treatments within a week time period to treat all cracks/crevices affiliated with the bed frame, electrical outlets, headboards, door frames and baseboards of infested and targeted areas. All products uses are registered and applied in accordance to EPA label specifications. This treatment comes with a 30 day service guarantee after the second treatment!

Hepa Vacuum This is a great way to physically remove any live eggs, nymphs or adult bed bugs that may contain any allergy triggering fragments and cast skins. The vacuum is used to treat all areas of the room/home, similar to the conventional treatment.

Heat Treatment Heat is a proven bed bug killer and is known for its effectiveness, ease of preparation, and same day treatment. Learn more by going to the bed bug heat treatment page,or watch the video below.

Freeze Treatment Cryonite freezing can be used as an alternative to chemicals and is applied similarly to the conventional treatment. Applying carbon dioxide snow to the cracks and crevices throughout the structure, it essentially freezes the bed bugs in an environmentally friendly and hygienic way. Cryonite is very popular for commercial buildings like hotels, food plants, hospitals, museums, sacred buildings, trains, and offices. Learn more about commercial bed bug control.

With the proper treatment and application, you do not have to throw out your expensive mattresses, box springs and pillows if you have bed bugs.

Call Eastern today and learn which option is best for you. We’ll provide you with the information you need to make the right decision for you and your family. Call Now!

Don’t panic.

Do not apply pesticides You are legally liable if you misapply a pesticide, or apply it without a license to the property of another (including common spaces in apartment buildings). Generally, landlords, owners and building managers cannot legally apply pesticides. They should, instead, hire a licensed pest control operator to confirm the infestation and to develop an integrated pest management plan.

Do not dispose of furniture that is useful- Infested furniture can be cleaned and treated. Placing infested furniture (particularly mattresses) into common areas or on the street may simply help spread bed bugs to the homes of other people. Infested furniture intended for disposal should be defaced to make it less attractive to other people. Officials in some municipalities affix labels to potentially infested furniture to warn of bed bugs. To reduce opportunities of infested furniture re-entering their building, building managers should ensure that any disposed furniture is locked within a dumpster or immediately carted away to a landfill or waste facility.

We understand that having bed bugs is a stressful time,so we try to do everything we can to make you comfortable and at easewhen doing business with us. Here is a letter sent to us by one of our customers who had bed bugs. We hope this will give you a glimpse into what to expect if you decide to call us to eliminate bed bugs in your home or business.

It was very nice meeting and a pleasure doing business with you. I want to thank you and your incredible staff for tackling the herculean job of hopefully ridding my condo of bed bugs (especially my living room sofa bed where they were prevalent; having bred there unbeknownst to me for at least seven months!). Since the process was completed, I keep looking down on my clothes while reclining on the sofa at night to see if a bug is crawling across my body (as happened in the recent past) but am very happy to report that, as of this writing, I haven’t seen any sign of them. Thank heavens!

Each member of your company that I had the pleasure of dealing with including you and your son showed great restraint and were courteous, patient, and very understanding. I was a nervous wreck over the whole ordeal. Here are a few observations of the professionalism of your staff:

I only wish I knew where the bed bugs came from so I could possibly prevent recurrence. My rating for the entire job and your efficient and knowledgeable staff is FIVE STARS! I would highly recommend your firm to anyone looking to rid their home of unwanted vermin. I consider myself very fortunate to have picked your name from the variety of pest control companies on the Internet based on your in-depth information. You can rest assured that if I have any future problems with any variety of pest, I will definitely call on you to handle the job of eradicating them. Keep up the good work and best wishes for your continued success.

Thank You again for being so kind and helpful.


Nancy Sweet

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Erie PA Bed bug Hotel and Apartment Reports

Bed Bug Hotel and Apartment Reports. We have listed all of the bed bug reports and hotels we have found in Erie, Pennsylvania below.

Recommended tips after hotel check-in: 1. Pick up the mattresses in the rooms and look under it. Check around the edges of the box springs. 2. Check under the box spring. 3. Lift up each headboard an lie it on the bed. Carefully inspect the hole where the headboard was lifted out of. Also, inspect all niches and corners of the headboard. 4. If you decide to stay in the hotel, do not put any clothes in dressers. Keep them in your luggage and your dirty clothes in plastic bags.

I noticed something out of the corner of my eyes and saw two little blackish bugs. I killed them and blood was smeared over the sheets. Upon getting out of bed, I found two other blood spots on my sid…

On 8/30/14 I checked into room 213. I took my daughter and 4 of her friends for an over night trip to Splash Lagoon. When returned home on 8/31/14, and 3 of the girls parents called me about some bite…

I found a LIVE adult bed bug in the sheets when I woke up. I caught it and put it in a cup. Showed it to management. They were sympathetic but not surprised. …

I found one on the bed called the desk had them come get it and surprise rite before i left i go in the bathroom and ones crawling on the toilet seat it was disgusting ..i recieved a refund but it sti…

Bitten several times.told the front desk and priceline who I booked this hotel with and both said they could not do anything for me…

July 5 2014 Bed bug found beware Be warned …

Found bugs and pubic hair on the sheets and mattress….

Woke up with 15-20 bug bites mainly in groups of 2 or 3s. …

Had a huge issue when workers came to do a do ceiling. They left holes in wall and bugs were getting in. Reported to landlord and he sent maintenance to spray. They said bugs were an issue for yrs. Th…

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Haven’t posted in a while, but I’m at a complete loss for advice.

I recently moved into a flat in Central London. The price is amazing as is the location, so moving is really my last resort, and given the circumstances, it would be very unfair to try to get a deposit out of someone for an infested room.

I moved in around 3 months ago. After two weeks of being there I started to come up in lots and lots of bites. I had an extreme allergic reaction and my arms where completely covered. I couldn’t understand what was going on at the time and blamed it on my washing powder.

My flat mates eventually saw the bites and confirmed the worst. The bed bugs where back. Previously my room had been investigated by and got the all clear. This was before I moved in. And the girl who lived there before had no trouble that she was aware of or what my flat mates are willing to tell me about. There is no possibility I’ve moved them from one place to another as I had no signs of bites or such when I lived in Finchley.

I’ve had around to the flat twice to fumigate my room and still with no success. They had said that they would re-evaluate until I’d checked with all my neighbors to see if they have them. I went to the dry cleaners underneath, and the office next door (both unlikely sources) last night, and it would appear that they have no trouble. The only people left are on the right side of us, which I know have tenants, but it would seem unlikely also because all 3 rooms that have bed bugs are facing to the left.

I’m also worried that my landlord won’t fork out another 150 to get the room re-fumigated, and given that it hasn’t already worked, I could see why he would be reluctant.

I’m at my wits end. I got bitten 3 times again last night for the first time in a while, I thought my ammunity to them had gone up as I hadn’t got bitten recently, but it would appear I am wrong.

Is there any home remedies, cheaper methods as to getting rid of them?

Thank you in advance, Dani x

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If you havent met a bed bug, count yourself lucky. These bloodsucking insects have been staging a dramatic comeback in recent years. They can be found in hotel rooms, airplanes, clothing stores and, occasionally, movie theaters. Accidentally bring one or more of these lentil-sized bugs home and your family could have trouble evicting them.

The wingless bugs are reddish-brown, oval-shaped and have six legs. Some people think bed bugs smell musty. Others compare their scent to rotting fruit or pencil shavings.

Bed bugs live on blood. They usually eat every few days or week, but they dont need to eat that often to survive. The tiny bugs can go months without a meal. After such an unwanted fast, or even any time they havent recently fed, their bodies will be flat. And that helps them hide in little cracks near a bed. But once a bed bug has gorged on a meal usually human blood, and usually while you are asleep it plumps up like a miniature balloon. Then it returns to hiding in wait of its next meal.

In the past 15 years or so, the bed bug, or Cimex lectularius (SY-meks LEK-choo-LAR-ee-uhs), has become common all over the United States, Australia, Europe and parts of Asia. Its comeback has surprised many people because until recently, the pest had been rare for some 60 years in these parts of the world. During that time, some people didnt even know the bed bug existed. They thought it was a made-up creature from the nursery rhyme: Good night, sleep tight, dont let the bed bugs bite.

But despite its modern infamy, this pest has been around for a long, long time hundreds of thousands of years. The earliest bed bugs probably lived in caves, feeding on bats. Those caves may have been in the Middle East, but no one knows for sure. When early humans or their relatives started spending time in such caves, the bugs may have started biting them instead of the bats.

Today, some bed bugs still live with bats in caves, churches and attics in Eastern Europe, says Ondej Balvn. As an entomologist, he studies insects. In 2012, Balvn and his colleagues at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, studied DNA from bed bugs. They compared DNA from the bugs that still feed on bats to the DNA of bed bugs that feed on people. This helped show how long ago bed bugs switched to dining on us.


Scientists know how often DNA typically changes over time, or mutates.The scientists then applied that knowledge to the changes they saw in the DNA of bed bugs slurping human blood versus bat blood. These data suggested bed bugs began living with and feeding on our early relatives some 245,000 years ago. More research must be done to confirm that number. But if its right, it means the bed bug may predate modern humans.

However long ago that was, the pest followed our ancestors as they moved out of caves. Bed bugs also are good at hitchhiking. Today, for example, they can hide away in suitcases or bags to move from one home to another. Back in the caves, the same thing likely happened. Only then, the bugs probably latched onto our ancestors furs or whatever else they wore or carried.

As people started living in villages, towns and cities, bed bugs did too. When people invented boats and other ways to travel, some bed bugs would have stowed away in them. Before long, these immigrant insects were a part of human communities the world over. Eventually, bed bugs migrated to America on the same boats that brought human settlers.

The parasites were a common pest in the United States and elsewhere until the late 1940s. That is not long after people started using a powerful new insect killer: DDT.

This bug killer could rid people of all sorts of unwanted pests, including flies and mosquitoes. Americans and people elsewhere sprayed DDT all over their homes. There was even wallpaper that had DDT inside it. The poison probably didnt wipe out all of the bed bugs. But it did kill enough of them to make the bugs rare.

Until, that is, they found a way to bounce back.

Today, exterminators in all 50 U.S. states are treating bed bug infestations. Spotting new outbreaks also has been increasing rapidly. In the early 2000s, one survey found that only 25 percent of exterminators had been called out to treat bed bugs. By 2011, 99 percent had done so. A similar trend has played out across the globe. One study, for instance, found that by 2006, Australians were battling 46 times as many bed bug infestations as they had just six years earlier.

I really do think it was arrogance on our part to think that we had stopped a biological system, says Dini Miller. Really, Im kind of surprised we didnt have this resurgence earlier. Miller is a bed bug expert at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Best known as Virginia Tech, its located in Blacksburg.

One big part of the bed bug picture is the ability of these pests to adapt to their environment. This is known as evolution.

An organisms genes are always developing random changes, called mutations. If one of those chance mutations makes a bed bug better able to survive DDT, that bug will live. When it reproduces, its offspring also may carry this now-beneficial gene.

Over time, DDT killed off the sensitive bugs. This left behind more and more of the bugs with that new genetic tolerance to the poison. Eventually, DDT had little or no effect on most bed bugs in heavily treated communities.

Americans stopped using DDT in the 1970s. Thats when evidence began to show the chemical was hurting birds and other valued wildlife. But in some other countries, DDT is still allowed for some uses (such as fighting the mosquitoes that carry malaria). Scientists think that pockets of DDT-resistant bed bugs survived in these countries even when the bugs no longer were common in the United States.

Theres another reason bed bugs have been emerging as a growing problem. Theyve been on the move. Big time.

Starting in the 1980s, people started traveling by airplane more often because new rules made it cheaper and easier to fly. As the price of tickets dropped, more people could afford to travel long distances. It also became easier to fly even between very remote countries.

Experts now think that as people throughout the world started moving more, they began carrying DDT-resistant bed bugs with them. No one is sure exactly where, however, those resistant bugs came from.

Warren Booth is an entomologist at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He is among researchers who think the bugs likely came from one region of the world (although they dont yet know where). Other scientists arent so sure. For instance, Michael Potter of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, thinks resistant bugs may have migrated from many regions at once.

Another advantage for the bugs: More people live in cities than ever before. Because city dwellers tend to live close together such as in apartment buildings bed bugs dont have to move far to find new hosts.

Other features of modern life also may have played a role in the bed bugs spread. People who travel spend time in a lot of environments that are friendly to bed bugs. In minutes, a planeload of people from one city will unload and a new group will take their seats. Hours after one hotel guest checks out, a new guest may check into the same room. And then there are all of those people who buy used furniture or rescue it from some discard pile on the street.

Through all of these ways, people have been making it easier for the bed bugs to find new hosts on which to dine.

As these pests have spread, theyve also proven harder to kill. One big reason is that few insecticides that are effective at killing bed bugs also are considered safe enough to use in our bedrooms.

Pyrethroids (Py-REETH-roids) are one class of chemicals that can be used there. Unfortunately, they kill bed bugs in a way very similar to how DDT works. So all of the bed bugs that can stand up to DDT also tend to be immune to the effects of pyrethroids.

Like Potter, Subba Palli is an entomologist at the University of Kentucky. In 2012, he and a team of scientists found that some bed bugs also have special versions of molecules called enzymes that help them break down insecticides. That tends to make the chemicals less deadly. His team reported its findings in PLOS ONE.

The next year, in 2013, researchers at Virginia Tech found evidence that some bed bugs may be evolving thicker shells, known as exoskeletons. This could make it harder for the poisons to get in and do their damage. Dini Miller, Reina Koganemaru and their team reported the finding in Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology.

Its pretty fascinating to think about how these have all evolved, says Booth at Tulsa. While its proven good for the bugs, its not good for those that have infestations in their homes.

Since entomologists figured out how to raise bed bugs in the lab, they have begun learning all kinds of information about the insects behavior. They also are probing new ways to control the bugs. Thats the good news. The not-so-good news: It will take a lot more work before that research turns up new and improved bed-bug killers that are ready for prime time.

For example, scientists have long known that bed bugs, like many insects, talk to each other through chemicals called pheromones. One type aggregation pheromones help bed bugs find their way back to their hiding places after they bite you. These chemicals show up in bed bug poop. These signaling chemicals attach to sensors in the bed bugs antennae. As the insects get closer to their hiding place, the pheromones get stronger and stronger.

Last year, Joelle Olson and a team of other entomologists from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul cut the antennae off of bed bugs. They wanted to see if it changed the bugs ability to sense those homing signals. But cutting the tips off didnt seem to matter much. When the scientists instead removed the pedicel a part of these antennae closer to the head the bed bugs now got lost. They couldnt find their way home.

The researchers looked at a bed bug pedicel under a powerful microscope and found it had tiny smooth structures with little holes. These may be olfactory organs, the bed-bug equivalent of our nose.

In the lab, researchers have identified some of the chemicals that make up the pheromones that bed bugs find so alluring. They are now trying to develop traps that use these pheromones to coax the pests to their death. Gerhard Gries heads one team in Canada working on this at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Last December, his team published a paper in Angewandte Chemie describing six of the chemicals that make up the aggregation pheromones. Five of the chemicals attract the bugs to their hideouts. The sixth makes the bugs want to stay there (at least until they get hungry again). A bed-bug trap employing these baits might cost only pennies, the scientists say.

Still, such bug traps wont clear an infestation unless the pests actually climb into them. And not all bugs will enter a trap, even one perfumed with pheromones. Some bugs might instead prefer the smell of their original homes. Because of this, scientists also are probing new ways to kill bed bugs without using pyrethroids and other commercial chemicals.

Today, it costs up to $256 million to create each new pest-killing chemical, according to CropLife America. Its a group that represents companies that make pesticides. It also takes almost 10 years of research testing to bring each new bug killer to market.

Thats why researchers at Pennsylvania State University in State College are excited about a fungus called Beauveria bassiana (Bo-VAIR-ee-ah BASS-ee-AH-nuh). It occurs naturally in soils all over the world. It also kills insects. The fungus dusty white reproductive cells, called spores, stick to the outside of an insect. As the spores grow, they enter the insects body. Eventually, the spores bloom and clog the bugs internal organs, killing it.

In 2012, Penn State entomologists tested the fungus on different types of bed bugs. Within three to six days, each insect was dead.

But even with all this exciting new research, the pest isnt likely to disappear entirely, notes Stephen Doggett. Hes a medical entomologist at Westmead Hospital in Sydney, Australia. It takes a long time for scientific research to get tested and retested. Only after that can it be turned into a product that you can buy in the store. Another problem: Bed bugs are really hard to kill with any single method. Use just one and a species is likely to develop mutations that make it immune. Thats why exterminators usually have to use many different approaches at once.

Concludes Doggett: Unfortunately bed bugs are going to be around with us for a long time, as no magical control solutions are on the near horizon.

Brooke Borel is the author of Infested, a new book on bed bugs.

antenna (plural: antennae) A pair of long and then sensory organs located on the head of arthropods, including bed bugs and other insects.

bed bug A parasitic insect that feeds exclusively on blood. The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, sucks human blood and is mainly active at night. The insects bite can cause skin rashes and welts that sometimes look like a mosquito bite, but different people react in different ways.

bloom (in microbiology) The rapid and largely uncontrolled growth of a species, such as algae in waterways enriched with nutrients.

DDT (short for dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) This toxic chemical was for a time widely used as an insect-killing agent. It proved so effective that Swiss chemist Paul Mller received the 1948 Nobel Prize (for physiology or medicine) just eight years after establishing the chemicals incredible effectiveness in killing bugs. But many developed countries, including the United States, eventually banned its use for its poisoning of non-targeted wildlife, such as birds.

DNA (short for deoxyribonucleic acid) A long, double-stranded and spiral-shaped molecule inside most living cells that carries genetic instructions. In all living things, from plants and animals to microbes, these instructions tell cells which molecules to make.

entomologyThe scientific study of insects. One who does this is an entomologist.

enzymesMolecules made by living things to speed up chemical reactions.

evolution A process by which species undergo changes over time, usually through genetic variation and natural selection. These changes usually result in a new type of organism better suited for its environment than the earlier type. The newer type is not necessarily more advanced, just better adapted to the conditions in which it developed.

exoskeleton An external system that supports the bodies of certain animals, including insects, crustaceans, and mollusks. In insects, the exoskeleton is made of a hard material called chitin.

gene (adj. genetic)A segment of DNA that codes, or holds instructions, for producing a protein. Offspring inherit genes from their parents. Genes influence how an organism looks and behaves.

genome The complete set of genes or genetic material in a cell or an organism. The study of this genetic inheritance housed within cells is known as genomics.

infest To create a parasitic community, such as when wasps infest the porch of an abandoned house. Such a community of pests is known as an infestation.

insect A type of arthropod that as an adult will have six segmented legs and three body parts: a head, thorax and abdomen. There are hundreds of thousands of insects, which include bees, beetles, flies and moths.

insecticide A poison applied to kill insects.

olfaction (adj. olfactory) The sense of smell.

organ (in biology) Various parts of an organism that perform one or more particular functions. For instance, an ovary is an organ that makes eggs, the brain is an organ that interprets nerve signals and a plants roots are organs that take in nutrients and moisture.

pedicel A slender stalk or stalk-like part. It normally occurs at the base of something, such as a flower, where it will be attaching to the stem.

pheromone A molecule or specific mix of molecules that makes other members of the same species change their behavior or development.Pheromones drift through the air and send messages to other animals, saying such things as danger or I’m looking for a mate.

pyrethroids A modern family of chemicals that are used to kill insects. It is a human-made version of a naturally insecticide that is made from crush chrysanthemum flowers.

species A group of similar organisms capable of producing offspring that can survive and reproduce.

spore A tiny, typically single-celled body that is formed by certain bacteria in response to bad conditions. Or it can be the single-celled reproductive stage of a fungus (functioning much like a seed) that is released and spread by wind or water. Most are protected against drying out or heat and can remain viable for long periods, until conditions are right for their growth.

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Adult bed bugs are wingless insects about one-quarter of an inch long and oval in shape. Their color is nearly white after molting, then ranges from tan to burnt orange. After a blood meal, they’ll appear dark red or black.

Their flat bodies enable them to hide in dark, cozy cracks and crevices in beds, baseboards, sofas, and drawers, and even behind wallpaper and electrical switchplates. That’s where they nest during the day, typically not far from where they’ll find their host — that’s you — at night. Read more about how to spot bedbugs and get them before they get you.

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Bedbugs are small, wingless insects found all over the world. They are nocturnal parasites, which means they rest during the day and are active at night. However, bedbugs are opportunistic and will bite in the day, especially if starved for some time. They feed on the blood of humans. Bedbugs prefer to hide in bedding and on mattresses where they have ready access to a source of food.

Bedbugs have highly developed mouth parts that can pierce skin. Their bite is painless. Some people do not react to the bites, but for others the bites can become itchy and swell into reddened weals.

Although bedbugs can harbour diseases in their bodies, transmission to humans is highly unlikely. They are not dangerous, unless a person is allergic to them. However, their presence can be distressing and their bites can be highly irritating.

During feeding, the bedbugs proboscis (feeding organ) swings forward and downward to pierce the skin of the victim. Saliva (containing an anticoagulant) is then injected, which is the cause of an allergic reaction in some people. Bedbugs take around five to 10 minutes to feed. As the bedbug engorges with blood, its colouring changes from light brown to rust-red.

Any household can be invaded by bedbugs, but a high standard of hygiene can discourage bedbugs from spreading widely throughout a home.

Suggestions to treat bedbug bites include:

Some general suggestions to eliminate bedbugs include:

Good hygiene practices, such as frequent house cleaning, should help to prevent any further infestations. However, vacuuming immediately after treatment should be avoided to make sure the residual insecticide is not removed. For further information, consult your pest control operator.

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Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius – Specialized Websites

Bed Bug, Cimex lectularius Habitat: The common bed bug, is a bloodsucking parasite of man. They tend not to live on humans and their only contact is for the blood meal. Most blood feeding occurs at night, and they generally seek shelter during the day and become inactive while digesting the blood meal. Bed bugs shelter in a variety of dark locations, mostly close to where people sleep. These include under mattresses, floorboards, carpets, behind paintings, skirting, in various cracks and crevices of walls, within bed frames and other furniture, and behind loose wallpaper. Bed bugs tend to stay in close contact with each other and heavy infestations are accompanied by a distinctive sweet sickly smell. Blood spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings is often a tell tale sign of an infestation. The bugs apparently locate the host by detecting warmth and carbon dioxide. The bite itself is said to be painless, however the deposition of saliva on the abraded epidermis results in localized wheals or hives. Reactions to the bites may be delayed up to 9 days before lesions appear. Common areas of the body that are affected involve the arms and shoulders. Life Cycle: Cimex feeds by piercing the host with its mouthparts (hollow tubes). Saliva injected at the time of feeding is associated with local and sometimes widespread hives. There are five juvenile stages known as nymphs, which are miniature versions of the adults in appearance. Each nymphal stage requires at least one blood meal to molt to the next stage and it takes 5-10 minutes for complete engorgement to occur. The entire nymphal development takes 6-8 weeks, while the adult bed bugs can live on average for 6-12 months. There may be several generations per year. All nymphal stages and adults of both sexes require blood for nutrition and development. After mating, each female lays 2-3 eggs a day throughout her lifespan. The cream colored eggs (1mm in length) are cemented on rough surfaces of hiding places, and will hatch around 10 days at room temperature. Description: Adult bed bugs are about 1/4 inch long and reddish brown, with oval, flattened bodies. The immatures (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are smaller and somewhat lighter in color. Control: Generally these pests have become less important over the last 50 years with overall improvements in household and personal cleanliness, and with the use of effective insecticides. Resistance to insecticides has been seen and varies by region. Control is achieved by thoroughly cleaning bed cloths, mattresses, and pillows. Insecticide is then used to treat the bed frame, springs, slats, and nearby crevices around doors, windows, and baseboards. Please contact your local county extension office for current information. Return to Main page

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Bedbugs – WebMD

What are bedbugs?

Bedbugs are flat, wingless insects about 0.25 in. (0.6 cm) long. They range in color from almost white to brown. They turn rusty red after feeding. Like mosquitoes, bedbugs feed on blood from animals or people.

Bedbugs have that name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses. Bedbugs usually hide during the day and are active at night when they feed. They can go for weeks without feeding. See a picture of a bedbug .

Bedbugs do not seem to spread disease to people. But itching from the bites can be so bad that some people will scratch enough to cause breaks in the skin that get infected easily. The bites can also cause an allergic reaction in some people.

Bedbugs are found worldwide. They are most often found in hotels, motels, hostels, shelters, and apartment complexes where large numbers of people come and go.

Because bedbugs hide in small crevices, they can come into your house on luggage, furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes, and other objects. The bugs can hide in beds, floors, furniture, wood, and paper trash during the day.

The first sign of bedbugs may be red, itchy bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders. Bedbugs tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there.

Look also for these other signs:

Home treatment can help stop the itching and prevent an infection. You can:

Bedbugs can be hard to kill. Bugs can hide in cracks and crevices in the mattress, bed frame, and box spring. They can spread into cracks and crevices in the room and lay their eggs. For these reasons, it is best to call a professional insect control company for treatment choices. The usual treatments include:

When the bugs are gone, be careful not to bring bedbugs back into your house.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

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