The old saying, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite,” is having a comeback. By building resistance to pesticides, bed bugs have become resilient and widespread. Worse yet, trying to get rid of them is like pulling teeth. While they usually don’t pose a health risk or spread disease, they aren’t fun to have around; getting rid of them is definitely in your best interest. Here are seven facts about bed bugs you may not be aware of;
1. Bed Bugs Are Difficult To Get Rid Of Without Professional Heat Treatment Equipment
Bed bugs are extremely difficult to eradicate due to their ability to withstand a wide range of temperatures, their small size, their elusive nature, and their ability to reproduce quickly and in large numbers. While there are pest management steps you can take to prevent bed bugs, over the years they have developed a natural resistance to traditional pest control methods. Traditional pesticide treatments usually don’t kill off the bed bugs 100% and require 3+ treatments. A professional bed bug company like BED BUG PRO by Vortex can thoroughly inspect your home and provide you with an effective course of treatment – the FIRST time!
2. You Do Not Have To Trash Items That Have Been Exposed To Bedbugs
Many people’s first reaction to a bed bug infestation is to trash their bedding, mattress, clothes, and anything exposed to bedbugs. However, depending on the level of infestation, this may not need to be required. The most effective bed bug management method for eliminating bed bugs is to turn the heat up on them with heat treatment solutions! BED BUG PRO by Vortex offers DIY heat treatment equipment rentals, sales and full service treatments for getting rid of bed bugs with just HEAT – not toxic chemicals or pesticides!
3. Bed Bug Saliva Mimics An Anesthetic
Humans will often sleep through bed bug bites, not realizing anything has happened until they wake up the next day with a visible bite mark on their skin. The “bites” that appear are as the result of the anticoagulant that the bed bug injects in the human’s skin to thin the blood and make it easier to feed. Often, people confuse bed bug bites, with other bug bites like a mosquito. You can tell if you have been bitten by a bed bug if there is blood on your sheets, and the bites are in a straight line.
4. Bed Bugs Have A Predictable Feeding Pattern
Bed bugs are always seeking out their next food source or blood meal. Once they secure their new host target, they typically feed for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. They eat in a “breakfast, lunch, dinner” pattern, leaving behind a distinctive bite pattern on their human hosts which is usually in clusters or rows on the exposed skin of the chest, arms, and legs. Bed bugs can ingest up to 7 times their body weight in blood. They will also only consume blood from a live host. Once they feed, bed bugs will hide in seclusion for 5 to 10 days where they will digest their meal, mate, and lay eggs.
5. Bedbugs Can Thrive In Clean Environments
Bed bugs can live and even thrive in clean environments. You can keep your home as clean as you want, but bed bugs don’t care. If you shower 3 times a day, deep clean your house regularly, and never have clutter, it doesn’t matter. You are still at risk for a bed bug infestation.
6. There Are Bed Bug Sniffing Dogs
Here is an interesting fact. K9 bed bug inspections are typically about 97% accurate. A K9 inspection includes dogs that are specifically trained to detect the scent of bed bugs and to alert their handler of an infestation. Although bed bugs can be difficult to detect depending on the size of infestation, they can’t get away from the power of a canine’s nose!
7. Bed Bug Eggs Are Too Small To See
While knowing where bed bugs live and looking for signs of infestation in your mattress and box springs and its seams and folds are a start, signs of bed bugs won’t always be seen by the naked eye. Complete bed bug removal is so challenging because bed bug eggs are only 1 millimeter long. That’s about the size of two grains of salt. Plus they are completely transparent. A single female bed bug lays eggs every single day and lays up to 500 in a single lifetime. That means a single pregnant bug can wreak a lot of havoc, and all over a tiny surface area.
Unfortunately, once bed bugs take up residence in homes, businesses, and your vehicle they can be difficult to exterminate without professional help. Contact BED BUG PRO today for a solution that guarantees a 100% kill rate. We’re here to help remove these buggers from your life!