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BEDBUG PREVENTION




Unfortunately, bed bugs are on the rise across North America, Europe, and Australia .Anyone can experience a bed bug infestation .Even the cleanest houses, hotels or apartments can have bed bugs, but regular inspection and cleaning can help you prevent an infestation

IDENTIFYING BEDBUG

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 Although bed bugs are generally found on or near the bed, most insects found there are not bed bugs. Before beginning pest control efforts to rid a home of bed bugs, confirm the identity of the pest.

SIZE: 1/4 to 3/8 inch (4-5 mm)
COLOR: Reddish brown or brown
DESCRIPTION: Bed bugs are sometimes called "red coats," "chinches," or "mahogany flats." The adult bed bug is a wingless insect that is flattened from top to bottom

PLACES WHERE BED BUG ARE  MOSTLY FOUND

Bed bugs cannot fly or jump but can hide in extremely small locations because of their flat bodies. This can include:

  1. • Seams and folds of mattresses and box springs
  2. • Cracks in bed frame and head board
  3. • Between cushions of chairs and couches
  4. • Behind baseboards or electrical plates and under loose wallpaper or paintings
  5. • Cracks in plaster and floor
  6. Bed bugs can be carried into a home on objects such as furniture, clothing, or luggage. Bed bugs can also travel from apartment to apartment along pipes, electrical wiring and other openings. Bed bugs do not indicate a lack of cleanliness. 
How can a bed bug infestation be prevented?

A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. If bed bugs are in your mattress, using special bed bug covers (encasements) on your mattress and box springs makes it harder for bed bugs to get to you while you sleep. Leave the encasements on for a year .Regular house cleaning, including vacuuming your mattress, can prevent an infestation. Clean up clutter to help reduce the number of places bed bugs can hide.
Be cautious about taking in second-hand furniture, bedding, mattresses or beds. Inspect for signs of bed bugs before bringing them home. Bring second-hand clothing home in well sealed plastic bags and launder immediately or put clothing in a drier for 5 minutes on a hot setting.
 When disposal of infested materials is necessary Vacuum or steam clean any visible bed bugs .Seal furniture (e.g., mattress, box spring, bed frame) in plastic prior to removing from the room. If you are throwing out infested furniture, be sure to label it largely with “HAS BED BUGS” so other individuals do not infest their homes. Furniture can be successfully treated, however; it is not necessary to throw it away. A mattress encasement will protect the mattress on your bed. The encasement will stop bed bugs from infesting a clean mattress. The encasement also stops live bed bugs from biting you, eventually causing the bed bugs to die if the mattress is infested.
Place your thrift store finds in a dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes immediately after buying them. Discard the plastic bag from the thrift store and place the heat-treated laundry in a new bag.
 if your are staying in the hotel Don't put your baggage on the bed. Use the suitcase holder if provided, or leave your luggage in the bath tub or outside until you have inspected the room .When hosting a sleepover for children, be sure to speak with parents about bedbugs and the precautionary measures you have put into place at your home. Ask if they have ever had a problem and what have they done to eliminate it. when you came back from the trip and suspect the bed  bug  may be with you Separate laundry into plastic bags so the clothes can be placed directly in the washer without bugs escaping. Undress on a hard surface floor rather than on carpet if you suspect bed bugs are on your clothing. Bed bugs do not travel on people like lice do. Wipe off the floor to capture any bed bugs that fall off the clothes.. Vacuum off luggage and items that cannot be washed. Use a brush to scrub items, especially where bugs and eggs may be hiding in the seams and folds.
 If you find bed bugs in your home or apartment, talk to your landlord, building manager or a pest control professional. It is important to prepare your home and arrange for the pest control company to do more than one treatment. 
 Freezing as a reliable method for bed bug control. Home freezers are usually not cold enough to kill bed bugs. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures can kill bed bugs, but it can take several days when the temperature is 0° F and almost a week when the temperature is 20° F.
Use heat to kill bed bugs, but be very careful. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. (about 110°F for at least 3 hours).
Consult with a licensed pest control operator to confirm a bed bug infestation Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs. If you hire an expert, be sure it’s a company with a good reputation.

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  • BED BUG LIFE CYCLE


    SIZE: 1/4 to 3/8 inch (4-5 mm)

    COLOR: Reddish brown or brown

    DESCRIPTION: Bed bugs are sometimes called 
    "red coats," "chinches," or "mahogany flats." The 
    adult bed bug is a wingless insect that is flattened from top to bottom.

    HABITAT: At the beginning of an infestation, bed bugs are likely to be found only in the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and bed covers. 
    In areas of heavy infestation, bed bugs can be found in crevices in the bedsteads. Because bed bugs can live in bird nests, houses and buildings with several bird nests in the eaves and on the roof often will have bed bugs coming into the living areas.

    Bed bugs- inside a mattress
    LIFE CYCLE:
    The life cycle stages of a bed bug are egg, nymph, and adult. The females lay about 200 eggs, usually at the rate of three or four a day, in cracks and crevices in the floor or bed. Newly hatched bugs begin feeding immediately. They shed their skin five times before becoming adults.

    TYPE OF DAMAGE: They feed principally on human blood by piercing the skin with a long beak and sucking blood into their stomachs. They feed mostly at night, but will feed during the day if hungry and the light is dim.

    CONTROL: In private homes, find all the areas that bed bugs hide in during the daytime. These must be treated with chemicals. In hotels, apartments, and other multiple-type dwelling places, bed bugs may spread from one unit to another. All units should be inspected. Remove bird nests.



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