Bed bug populations have exploded all over the world. Increase correlates with reduction in harmful pesticides, increase in cheap global travel. Bed bugs found to be attracted to dirty laundry, hitching a ride in them.
Experts believe the recent increase in bed bugs in the United States may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices. The good news is that there are ways to control bed bugs.
Bed bugs date back to Ancient Rome where they were creating issues throughout Asia and Europe. England began reporting bed bugs in the 1500's. During the 18th Century, bed bugs made their way onto American soil via ships arriving from Europe. By the 20th Century, most Americans had seen and been bitten by bed bugs.
Bed bugs can live for as long as 4.5 months or more in an empty house before completely dying off. The two primary factors that determine how quickly or slowly the bed bugs could die off are the existence of a blood meal host, and the temperature of the house.
The high temperature of steam 212°F (100°C) immediately kills bed bugs. Apply steam slowly to the folds and tufts of mattresses, along with sofa seams, bed frames, and corners or edges where bed bugs may be hiding.
Most experts believe that humans were first widely exposed to bed bugs via bats in the Middle East, as there was a time when bats and humans presumably occupied many of the same caves there. As civilization developed and spread, humans brought bed bugs to new regions with them.
The top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are single-family homes (91 percent), apartments/condominiums (89 percent), and hotels/motels (68 percent). Past bed bug statistics have shown these environments to consistently be the top three where bed bugs have been encountered.
Bed bugs have been associated with humans for more than 3,300 years and are found in virtually every place people tend to gather, including residences, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores and even public transportation.
Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases. Dark or rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses, bed clothes, and walls. Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs hide. An offensive, musty odor from the bugs' scent glands.
When bed bugs are in their dormant state, they do not need to feed. According to the University of Kentucky, bed bugs can survive 2 to 6 months without a meal. In extreme cases, when the temperature drops to 55°F or lower, they may survive a year or longer.
However, what most people don't know is that Febreze is also particularly useful in eliminating pests and allergens present in your home. This includes germs, flies, fleas, bed bugs, roaches, bugs and, you guessed it, dust mites.
Ideally one should void squeezing bed bug, as this may subsequently increase the bed bug problem. Killing bed bug that we squeeze will leave many more bed bugs behind that will continue to breed. And squeezing bed bug may end up with even worse infestation.
They can be anywhere on the body, but bites on feet and ankles are most common. Bed bug bites tend to appear in a straight pattern. Although they can also appear anywhere, they are most likely on the face, neck, and arms.
Can bed bugs live in your hair? The short answer is no. That's not to say they can't bite you on your scalp, forehead, cheeks or neck, but bed bugs' legs and bodies aren't designed for crawling through human hair.
Often a great indicator of how long an infestation has been around is the number of adult bed bugs present. Generally it takes at least seven weeks for a bed bug to grow from an egg to an adult, so there should be no new adults from eggs during that period.
If the temperatures in a home feel like spring or summer, bed bugs will have no problem being active. Not only are bed bugs active during the winter months, they spread during the winter months. If you just went somewhere for the holidays, it is possible that you brought bed bugs home with you.
And with the average hotel facing around seven infestations every five years, it's easy to see these little pests are quite costly to hotels. Beyond monetary costs, hotels risk an unfavorable reputation if word gets out about the bed bug infestation.