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Post date: April 26th, 2013

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For weeks wed known that something was biting us but we couldnt work outwhat. We suspected fleas, or mosquitoes. But no change in our behaviour, no amount of cleaning, reduced the itching.

The man from the councils pest-control department made sense of our symptoms immediately. Our bites came in clusters of three; and there were splashes of blood on the sheets where an unfortunate pest had been squashed, mid-meal. He diagnosed bed bugs, a parasite that has been nibbling at humanity for as long as history records.

At first it was almost a relief: we had a plan of action at last. But as the days went on it became less of a comfort. When youve grown used to changing your clothes every time you switch rooms; when youve taken your furniture to bits, and the component parts have been drenched in foam; when youve spent a week acting as human bait, sleeping in separate rooms to lure the bugs out of their hiding places to where the poison might get to them, and still the bites keep coming, you cant help but think: What if they never go?

We searched online for reassurance that the problem would be easy to solve. We didnt find any.

The heavy use of pesticides after the Second World War almost finished off bed bugs in the west, but at some point in the past 30 years they began to make a comeback. One theory is that the banning of DDT, which was hugely damaging to the wider environment, unhelpfully made homes less inhospitable to the bugs, too. Another is that we now fly more often, and to less developed countries where bed bugs have never gone away.

In London the number of bed-bug interventions by pest control quadrupled between 2000 and 2006. The place most frequently associated with bed bugs, though, isNew York. The city has experienced infestations in theatres, department stores and office blocks. In 2009 the US Environmental Protection Agency held its first ever Bed Bug Summit.

The bugs dont spread disease. They move slowly; they cant fly; they even, with a certain generosity of spirit, anaesthetise you when they bite. And yet living with them is one of the most unpleasant experiences Ive ever had.

For one thing, it was an inconvenience the endless changes of clothes, the ban on guests entering the house or bags leaving it.

Worst still is the fear that you will never get rid of them. Bed bugs breed quickly: one adult can produce 500 children, and there is evidence that a single, fertilised female can infest an entire building. Pesticides are becoming less effective. Some of the bugs have evolved exoskeletons that prevent the poison from penetrating; others dont allow it to bind to the nerves, or break it down into harmless chemicals.

In New York, they tell you to just burn everything, an American friend told me. Just give up and start again.


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How Big Are Bed Bug Eggs? – BedBugs.net

Post date: September 10th, 2014

The eggs of the bed bug are much smaller than the adult insects, just as one might expect. However, while the bed bugs themselves tend to be shaped like an oval, their eggs are not properly ovoid but are instead shaped rather like a pear. In size, these eggs are no larger than the head of a pin. This tiny size means that many clutches of eggs appear in groups of ten or larger, with the upper range of egg groupings tending to be about fifty eggs at a time. All of these eggs can easily fit together into a single crevice or crack. These eggs will hatch out in only ten days or so, meaning that an infestation will quickly recur if eradication methods target only the living bed bugs but not their eggs.


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Bedbug problem worse than you might think

Post date: September 5th, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. After being inundated with dozens of calls a day, a local exterminator says bed bugs are on the rise, but they can be stopped or at least slowed down. They say the problem is mostly because people dont know the correct ways to contain those pests, and its becoming a vicious cycle.

When youre in a bed bug panic Raymond Cummings, owner of Simply Pest Control, knows what to do.

For this season it has been completely bonkers. We are actually scheduling about two weeks out at this time, and have 50 to 60 calls coming in a day, he said.

Cummings says we are at a bed bug peak, and the little red vampires are everywhere, but it has nothing to do with the season, rather a fierce cycle.

People will take the items that they have and actually remove it from the home. They put it outside on the curb, and somebody comes by and picks it up, and god knows what happens to it. They might sell it at the flea market. They might sell it at a yard sale. The cycle continues, said Cummings.

Cummings says if you find an item with bed bugs you have to properly destroy it, like calling a garbage control of bringing it to a dump. Cummings doesnt want to cause alarm, but these six-legged creatures can spread quickly due to peoples denial.

They think its a spider bite or mosquito, said Cummings.

Cummings says that more times than not its a bed bug.

In the life cycle of 10 to 11 months they can have 200-250 eggs, and meanwhile thats spreading throughout the house, said Cummings.

Most bed bugs are found in apartments.


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Post date: September 4th, 2014

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Bed Bugs in all Sizes

Range of sizes of a bed bug during its life cycle. In the egg stage, bed bugs are microscopic, but when they reach adult stage, they are easily visible to the naked eye, at about 1/4 of an inch long.Related articles in the Bed Bug Knowledge Center: Bed Bug BitesBed...

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Nymph Bed Bug Taking Blood Meal

Dorsal view of a bed bug nymph, Cimex lectularius, as it is in the process of ingesting a blood meal from the arm of a “voluntary” human host, which could be seen filling the insect’s abdomen. Once engorged, the bug can go up to a year and 3 months wit...

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Adult and Nymph Bed Bugs

Adult and nymph bed bugs. Nymph-stage bed bugs are capable of feeding immediately after hatching, and can go months without a blood meal.Related articles in the Bed Bug Knowledge Center:Bed Bug BitesBed Bug Feeding HabitsBed Bug Detection

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When my daughter recently moved into her dorm room, the first thing I did was put a mattress encasement on that mattress that had been used for years by people doing who knows what. shudder! I wish I had had this Verilux vacuum with me, too. TheCleanWaveSanitizing Portable Vacuum is a hand-held model that is not only convenient for vacuuming mattresses, sofas, and other upholstered furniture, but it also has a UV-C light in the head. This UV light is the same UV sanitizing technology thats been used for over 30 years in hospitals, food processing facilities and water treatment plants, CleanWaves germ reducing light can penetrate a micro-organisms cell membrane damaging the DNA, preventing growth and killing the organism. Verilux says it has been proven in the laboratory to kill 99.9% of of H1N1 and MRSA in 1 second. It can combat certain molds and allergens without harsh chemicals or liquids, and it caneven reduce pest eggs like bed bug, flea and dust mite eggs. The vacuum has a400 watt motor and cyclonic action for effective cleaning, and a bag-less collection cup and2-stage micro-allergy filtration.

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Bedbugs can be brutal, but that's where Buster comes in.

The beagle is putting his nose to good use as a bedbug detective. The 4-year-old doggy is a trained bedbug sniffing hound with Vermont Bed Bug Dog of Burlington.

Buster and his handler, Paddy Reagan, are the first certified canine pest detection team in Vermont.

Buster sniffs out the bedbugs, and Paddy comes in and kills them.

Buster received extensive training at an entomology scent detection canine program in Florida.

Reagan said he and Buster can work an average-size home in about 20 minutes, for about $225.

During that inspection, Buster will alert Reagan to where bed bugs are hiding or have left behind their shells, eggs or feces.


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Post date: August 27th, 2014

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I've never seen a bed bug, but people in nursing homes sure have. One of the insidious features of a bed bug is that you don't know they are biting you. If you notice something in your sleep you figure it's just an itch. But if you notice some blood specs on your legs or body, then you should start thinking about bed bugs. One lady I know who is in a nursing home had to move to another apartment because of the spread of the critters. Each time, the nursing home had to go to great effort to exterminate them from her apartment. They had to treat the carpet, wicker baskets and furniture and the bedding. Often they would kill them off in one apartment and the bugs would move across the hall to another apartment. They are extremely hard to kill off. Bed bugs lay eggs which will hatch later. So it's possible to kill off all of the adult and then the infestation starts all over again. I heard that the New York subway system is now dealing with bed bugs.

But the last time my friend had a bed bug problem, the nursing home brought in a trained dog which could sniff out, bed bugs, their eggs and even their scat. I knew that they had dogs that could sniff out bombs, drugs, fugitives and cancer, but not bed bugs. Those highly trained dogs are able to discriminate live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs from dead bed bugs, cast skins, and feces, with a 95 percent correct positive indication rate. That is amazing. Humans have limitations that keep them from finding them all. But trained dogs can alert on bed bugs which are difficult to be found. Dogs can find them inside an electrical outlet, behind a baseboard, or hidden along a carpet tack strip. A scent-detection dog can go under a bed and alert on bugs inside the box springs without having to take the mattress and box springs off. These detection dogs can alert to bed bugs behind a large and heavy entertainment center without anyone having to move it, and they can detect bed bugs or their eggs in a pile of clothing or a toy box full of stuffed animals.

I worked with a man named Bob some years ago and he told me that during his college days he worked as an apartment superintendent in order to make a few bucks. Bob told about an incident when a tipsy student drove his car through the narrow alley behind the apartments and accidentally hit a gas meter. The crash broke it off of the pipes. It was totally destroyed. Thank God it didn't catch on fire, but gas was blowing out of the pipes. It could easily explode. Bob was an engineering student and a fairly sharp thinker. He ran to his apartment and grabbed two potatoes from his refrigerator. He rushed back to the alley, then shoved the potatoes onto the ends of the pipes to stop the gas flow. Since the natural gas service is fairly low pressure, his creative idea worked. He may have been inspired by the old prank of shoving a potato into an exhaust pipe to make the car quit running. At any rate, Bob and his potatoes kept the bad situation from escalating into a real disaster.


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Knowledge Center – Bed Bug Life Cycle Photos

Post date: August 19th, 2014

Bed Bug egg, nymph, adult

Observe bed bugs in the various stages of their lifecycle - egg stage, nymph stage, and full adult stage. Bed bugs that have a feeding source exhibit a life span of between 3 and 4 months. If no food source is readily available, bedbugs can enter a dormant stage an...

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Bed Bugs in all Sizes

Range of sizes of a bed bug during its life cycle. In the egg stage, bed bugs are microscopic, but when they reach adult stage, they are easily visible to the naked eye, at about 1/4 of an inch long.Related articles in the Bed Bug Knowledge Center: Bed Bug BitesBed...

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Adult and Nymph Bed Bugs

Adult and nymph bed bugs. Nymph-stage bed bugs are capable of feeding immediately after hatching, and can go months without a blood meal.Related articles in the Bed Bug Knowledge Center:Bed Bug BitesBed Bug Feeding HabitsBed Bug Detection

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