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The bedbug is a small parasite that feeds on fresh blood from humans and animals. While bedbugs feed on blood from living human and animal hosts, the former is more preferred. The mere fact, the insect from the Cimex genus needs blood from a living, breathing host, preferably human, makes home infiltration more likely.
Bed bugs are lurking around hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, homeless shelters, subway trains, and bed & breakfasts, waiting for unsuspecting humans. If you happen to be the next person to walk in the door of one of the aforementioned facilities, you may just be the next victim. When you are chosen to be a host for bed bugs, you can expect your home to become infected at some point.
Why Are Bed Bugs Infesting My Mattress?
As mentioned previously, bed bugs feed on blood from human hosts. What you may not know is the insects feed only when their hosts are asleep. This can complicate things for the bed bug, especially when the host is a day sleeper. What then is the bed bug supposed to do when it comes to feeding? Do not fret, the bed bug can adapt to its host’s day sleeper schedule. This ability allows the bed bug to survive in the human habitat for longer without getting detected.
What Is The Most Effective Bed Bug Management Strategy?
Bed bug infiltration is similar to the tick and flea, all of which are carried into the home in pet fur, luggage, and clothing. Once inside the home, the insects initiate a search for the host’s sleeping area. It may take up to several days for the insects to locate the sleeping area.
How do bed bugs know when their hosts are asleep? The insect’s antennas are integrated with powerful sensors, capable of detecting heat and carbon dioxide. The human body generates carbon dioxide and heat when asleep, which is how the bed bug knows it is safe to feed.
Do Bed Bugs Transmit Diseases To Their Hosts?
No, bed bugs are not disease-transmitting insects. The real threat behind the bedbug is an allergic reaction. Bedbugs produce saliva with numbing properties. To remain undetected when feeding on human blood, the bed bug utilizes its saliva to numb the host’s skin. The saliva numbs the skin, only then will the bed bug feel it is safe to start feeding.
It can take up to 10 minutes for a bed bug’s abdomen to become fully engorged in blood.
How To Avoid Bedbugs When Visiting Infested Properties?
First of all, knowing a property is infested with bed bugs without a visual inspection is impossible. In fact, you could easily unknowingly walk into an infested property without a second thought. Unless you know the signs of a bed bug infestation, you could become a victim. If this happens, it could take several days or weeks before becoming aware of the bed bug encounter.
Visually assessing the property before entering can help. This may seem difficult, but it is not as long as you know what to look for.
What Are The Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation?
It cannot be stressed enough, knowing the sign of a bed bug infestation will play in your favor in more ways than one. Bed bugs exhibit deceptive behavior to avoid detection in the human habit. So, you will need to be knowledgeable to determine if a specific property is actually infested.
- Dried blood stains on sheets, mattresses, and pajamas
- Dark exoskeletons on bed linen, box springs, and mattress
- Live adult bed bugs, and bed bug eggs and larvae
- Fecal material on bed linen, mattresses, and other surfaces
In severely infested properties, bed bugs may produce a musty odor, with a bit of sweetness.
When Will The Exterminator Be Available For A Bed Bug Inspection?
Our customer support team works extended schedules to process customers’ service requests in a timely manner. We can have your bed bug inspection service request processed in as little as 24 hours, no later than 48 hours in most cases.
You will be contacted regarding the appointment once the service request is processed. We suggest a date and time that will not interfere with your daily schedule.
Be sure to take advantage of our free bed bug inspection and consultation services.