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Post date: May 8th, 2015
"How do I know if I have bed bugs?" it's a very common question. Many people with bed bug infestations don't know that they have pests in their home. This is because bed bugs are nocturnal nesting parasites they emerge before dawn, feed for 5-15 minutes, then return to their hiding places. Their ability to hide deep inside cracks and crevices make bed bugs difficult to spot, but there are ways to help confirm their presence through bed bug monitors, fecal matter, shed skins, blood spots, and even a unique smell. Most bed bugs hide out within 10-15 feet of your bed, which makes that a good place to start looking. Below are some tell-tale indicators that you may have these unwanted pests.
Knowing what bed bugs look like is key in diagnosing an infestation. Pictured above is a close-up of an adult beg bug, about the size of an apple seed baby bed bugs are much smaller, and can appear almost transparent More Bed Bugs Pictures
Waking up in the morning with a row of red welts that burn and itch could be a sign of bed bugs. Bed bugs tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there. More Bed Bug Bites Pictures
Bed bugs often leave blood stains on sheets, pillows, and furniture. These small red spots, often left in trails, are from bed bugs spitting up some of the blood they were drinking, or from them being crushed by people rolling over in their sleep More Pictures of Blood Stains
Bed Bug Feces, usually thin black spots or streaks, are made up of digested blood that was excreted by the bedbugs as they returned to their hideout. To confirm that the mark is from a bed bug, try dabbing it with a wet paper towel; it should leave a red smudge More Pictures of Bed Bug Feces
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Post date: May 4th, 2015
The Bed Bugs Handbook is committed to providing information on how to recognize that you have a problem and how to remove these pests from your home or apartment. We also provide advice for how to avoid bringing them into your home from other places, such as when you are on vacation, traveling or bringing used or new items such as furniture or a mattress into the home.
According to a a 2010 study conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, If you have bedbugs in your home you are not alone. There has been an 81% increase in homeowner or renter calls since the year 2000. The study goes on to state that we are on the threshold of a global pandemic. It also states that bed bugs are harder to treat than cockroaches, ants and termites.
These insects have been found everywhere including hospitals, daycare centers, college dorms, religious institutions, homes, apartments, libraries and even theaters. No location is immune. It doesn't matter how rich or poor you are, if someone carries a pregnant female bed bug into your home, they will multiply quickly.
Bedbugs are small insects that are technically not wingless, although they do not fly and can be seen by the naked eye. They hide in narrow crevices near the feeding area, such as a mattress seam, bed frame, and other furniture, although they can be found in any room or area of a home.
There area many different kinds of bedbugs. One type in particular likes to feed on the blood of people, but they will also feed on pets.
Having bugs in your home does not mean that your home is unclean. The bugs can ride into your house on clothing or crawl out of luggage carried from an infested hotel room. You may even bring them into your house on used furniture. Be especially cautious of used mattresses and bed frames. Finally, your house or apartment could already be infested when you move in or if they moved from another apartment into yours.
The length of time a bed bug can live is dependent on temperature and how recently they fed. Cooler temperatures result in a longer lifespan. It is possible at the right temperature and feeding schedule, that a bed bug could live for 1 year without feeding again.
Many people do not realize they have an infestation. They may even have bites from bedbugs, but not realize what is biting them. Bites are an allergic reaction that can vary from person to person. Some people can be bitten and not have any skin reaction. Those that are allergic see some form of raised red bumps. There are usually multiple bites in the same area, but a single bite is possible. Bumps are usually larger than a mosquito bite. Larger reactions or hypersensitivity to the bite can result in the formation of blisters. Bites do not normally require any treatment and will go away on their own in a few days. Bites can be itchy, with any over the counter treatment for itch due to insect bites providing some relief.
Adult bugs are about a quarter of an inch long. Young insects are called nymphs, of which there are 5 stages in the bed bug life cycle followed by a 6th adult stage. A nymph is approximately 1/32 of an inch or 1 mm long. An egg is approximately 1 mm long.
Getting rid of the insects can be quite a chore. Removing an infestation involves washing all clothes and linens, treating mattresses and cracks and vacuuming all areas of the room. See our guide for specific steps on how to kill bedbugs.
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Post date: May 3rd, 2015
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Post date: April 18th, 2015
Bed bugs are literally a threat to people dwelling in a house. These bugs are parasites which can be a huge source of irritation, itch and inflammation to people who come in their presence these bugs multiply themselves very rapidly. These parasites are minute and may measure approximately 0.6 cm in length.
The worst thing about bed bugs is that they feed on human blood. Such arthropod assault to humans can cause several manifestation or symptoms. These manifestations can be histological, immunological as well as clinical. Hemiptera is said to be one of the species of bugs that has mouthpart with piercing and sucking abilities. The hemiptera species also contains a class of bugs known as Cimicidea which is what we know as bed bugs; hence, bed bugs feed on human blood they suck which we call bed bug bite.
As evident, the Cimex species organisms (bed bugs) are usually reddish brown parasites. Cimex lectularius is generally 5 to 6 mm in size and usually females are slightly larger as compared to male organisms. Cimex hemipterus organisms are approx 25 percent longer as compared to Cimex lectularius or C lectularius. Females hatch their eggs in places such as crevices or small cracks. It takes around 4 to 5 days for the eggs to get hatched completely and babies to be born; this is how they multiply themselves.
Size of bed bugs is as mentioned above but variation is common. They may be very tiny as they are born and may grow to 0.6 cm long. They appear to be flat in dimension and oval in shape. The color of bed bugs is reddish brown and sometimes dark born, which sometimes look as black after feeding on human blood.
The bed bug bite by itself may look similar to a mosquito bite in the beginning, in the form of elevated bumps on the skin, which may turn reddish as well. But the one thing that distinguishes mosquito bites from the bed bug bites is the pattern of these bites. There is a particular pattern in a linear form, where three or four bites are clustered together on in a line. This is known as the breakfast, lunch, dinner pattern of bed bug bite. Look at bed bug bite pictures below to see how they really look.
These parasitic arthropods are usually found in places such as furniture like chairs, sofas, beds, tables, TV case etc. These bed bugs are also found in places such as floorboards and peeling paints. In general, as mentioned above cracks and crevices in house makes the best dwelling place for such arthropods. To your information these bugs hunt for their food usually during night. Factors such as body heat, vibration, body sweat, body odor and carbon dioxide helps these parasites to find their prey.
There are increasing complaints about bed bug bites throughout the world. It is believed that the increase in parasitic issues is due to insecticide resistance. According to reports, in United States pyrethroid insecticides is already widespread. Generally arthropods occur when conditions are favorable but they disperse when the condition turns unfavorable. Active female bed bug dispersal can possibly lead to failure in control action; hence, this factor should be remembered while adopting any control technique. There are special tactics that can be adopted to overcome this escalating health issue.
There are various techniques that can be used to eradicate such parasites from your house or office. During 1950s in United States, such parasites were cast- off through extensively sprayed pesticides such as DDT. However, due to concerns related to the environment, these DDT were banned from 1960s; this made the bugs return. Now these bugs are found almost every corner of the world and transmission is possible through travelers and commuters.
Life span of a bed bug is approximately one year supported by a regular diet of human blood. A bed bug has the potential to penetrate its sting through human skin and suck the blood for approx 10 minutes. It is believed that the sting of a bed bug weighs twice the weight of its body. The bite of a bed bug seems mild but it itches for few seconds or a minutes. You may usually notice a small hump on the bed bug bite spot. It is believed that sometimes people with sensitive skin may also develop blisters around the penetrated skin region. Sometimes rashes as well as mild swelling may also be experience in case when arthropod bites. In more severe cases the rashes may resemble hives as well as may also contain pus.
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Post date: April 10th, 2015
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Post date: April 1st, 2015
IMAGE:This is a bed bug, Cimex lectularius. Ohio State University entomologists found that ActiveGuard mattress liners reduce feeding and egg laying, even in bed bug populations that are resistant to... view more
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Products that claim to control bed bugs have been on the market for years. Some work, and some don't.
Dr. Susan Jones, a professor of entomology at Ohio State University, knows this as well as anyone, after having tested many such products for years. While there have been some flops in the past, she and her colleagues have found one that looks promising as a new tool for bed bug control programs. The results of their research are published in an article in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
Mattress liners sold under the trade name ActiveGuard are impregnated with an insecticide called permethrin, which is considered safe for humans and other mammals. Permethrin - which belongs to a class of pesticides called pyrethroids - is found in medical creams to treat scabies, shampoos for head lice, and it's the active ingredient in some flea-control products for dogs and cats.
In recent years, however, some bed bug populations have developed resistance to some pyrethroids and related pesticides, making them less lethal. But for Jones and her team, killing bed bugs is only one part in the effort to control them.
"Death doesn't have to be the end-point that we measure in studies," Dr. Jones said. "Physical or behavioral changes can significantly affect the impact of bed bugs before death even occurs."
One of these things is fecundity - the bed bugs' ability to lay eggs and reproduce. In order to lay eggs, female bed bugs must first have a bloodmeal, so the Ohio researchers set out to test ActiveGuard's effects on bed bug feeding.
"Feeding in bed bugs and fecundity are very tightly coupled," Jones said. "If a female bed bug doesn't feed, then she is unlikely to lay eggs, and if she doesn't lay eggs, then the life cycle is interrupted."
Surprisingly, they found the ActiveGuard fabric to be extremely effective, even in bed bug populations that were resistant to pyrethroids. Bed bugs that were exposed to the fabric for ten minutes were significantly less likely to even attempt feeding compared to those on untreated fabric, and the majority were unable to feed successfully. Even when they were successful, their bloodmeals were only half the size of bed bugs that were not exposed to the fabric.
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Post date: March 28th, 2015
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I just compiled a new page, to pull together a lot of the best photos we have blogged in the past, of bed bugs, fed and unfed nymphs, eggs, cast skins, and feces. I wanted this to be easily accessible to our newcomers (newbites). But I hope everyone will have a look and recommend anything 
close up of lounge chair staples Originally uploaded by louento.pix Click the photo to get all sizes of the photo, and then select large for the best view. This one shows a lounge chairdo you see the staplesthe same ones from the previous entry? You can see nymphs, shed skins, hatched eggs, and feces. The 
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Post date: March 27th, 2015
The following are common signs of bed bugs and can be symptoms of a possible infestation:
Small red to reddish brown fecal spots on mattresses, upholstery or walls Molt bed bug skins, their white, sticky eggs or empty eggshells Very heavily infested areas may have a characteristically sweet odor Red, itchy bite marks, especially on the legs, arms and other body parts exposed while sleeping
Molted bed bug skins
Reaction to bed bug bites
Although the actual bite of bed bugs is painless, most people develop an allergic reaction to the saliva (which also acts as a numbing agent) injected by the bug as it feeds. Swelling and itchy, red welts can be signs of a bed bug infestation. However, some people do not have reactions to bed bug bites at all.In addition, bites from other insects, such as mosquitoes, are often mistaken as bed bug bites.Unlike many other pests, bed bugs are not known to spread disease to humans.
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