What is worseIn recent years, we have witnessed a growing concern in the resurgence of bed bugs. Any pest that intrudes on our lives, gives people an “ick factor”, but knowing which pest causes the most problems is important.

Of over 800,000 species of insects on earth, bed bugs are most adaptable to our human environment. Bed bugs have become the most relevant and important pest to the pest control industry and through these few facts below, you will know why.

 

 

Fleas:

    • Prefer pets but will feed on humans
    • Can jump 14-16 inches horizontally and 7-8 inches vertically
    • Can nest in carpet, flooring or upholstery
    • Can remain in pupa stage for up to a year
    • Sensitive to temperature
    • Vector- Carrier of parasites and disease (plague – typhus)
    • Relatively easy to eliminate in homes

Flies:

  • Certain flies (stable fly) can bite and suck blood, others are scavengers
  • Mechanical vectors of many diseases through vomit or fecal matter
  • Short life cycle (Average adult lives about 20 days)
  • Relatively easy to eliminate in homes

Mosquitoes:

  • Only females suck blood
  • Vectors of malaria, dengue, encephalitis, yellow fever
  • Drawn to still water or water edges (breeding ground)
  • Most active at night
  • Continuous breeding in warm weather Mid to late summer – early autumn
  • Bite both animals and humans
  • Controllable through chemicals

German Cockroaches: Batting high on the list of the most persistent insects to eliminate, is the German cockroach

  • They are structural infesters, that lay many eggs than most other insects that infest structures
  • The female carries the egg capsule during the whole time the embryos are developing within the eggs (This protects them so that more are likely to hatch)
  • Because of size, easily concealed in small areas so they remain protected
  • High population density
  • Pheromones cause higher aggregations
  • Persistent
  • Resistant to chemical issues
  • Contaminates food
  • Disease transmitter
  • Controllable through cleaning and bating

Bed Bugs:

  • Known as one of the most persistent insects to eliminate – rivals the “cockroach”
  • Human (preferred) parasites, easily transmitted – very successful hitchhiking abilities (any place – any time)
  • Impressive reproduction in ambient temperatures with regular blood meals
  • Structural invaders (Cryptic and reclusive in nature – because of size, easily concealed in small areas so they remain protected)
  • Normally hide in day light and come out at night (depending on size of infestation /occupant’s life style)
  • Bites cause welts and irritations to some -some not affected by the bites
  • Resistant to chemical issues
  • Can go for great lengths of time before noticed
  • Clean or dirty environments make no difference
  • A year round pest
  • Huge nuisance pest (Can easily be re-introduced)
  • Leaves obvious tell-tale signs
  • Can grow exponentially in six to nine months (50,000+)
  • Can lay dormant for great periods of time
  • Causes psychological stress, social shame and embarrassment and exacerbates established mental issues
  • Can cause “responsibility” issues
  • Not vectors (Can be “mechanical” transmitters)
  • Extremely costly and time consuming to eliminate
  • Found in any environment – no one is immune to them

Any way you look at it, bed bugs are what bad dreams consist of.

Please take the time to learn as much as you can about bed bugs so you, your family or friends do not suffer through a bad infestation. Finding them early will save you so much more than just money. Share the information you have learned and do not forget, you can always count on us or any of our service providers!

Bed Bug Hotline 888-9-NOBEDBUGS or 888-966-2332