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A pest of the past? Not anymore. Bed bugs are making a comeback. People associate this biting pest with filthy living conditions, but bed bugs are just as likely to live in clean, uncluttered homes. Get to know the habits and traits of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, so you will recognize this nuisance insect.

Description:

The adult bed bug is oval and flat, and only about a 1/4-inch long. They lack wings, so you won't see them flying around your bedroom.

Under cover of darkness, they crawl in search of blood, preferably from a human. Bed bugs use a piercing, sucking proboscis to penetrate the skin of their host. Adults are brown, but appear reddish-brown when engorged with blood.

Bed bug young look like smaller versions of their parents. First stage nymphs are colorless; with each molt, the nymph darkens. White eggs measure less than 1 mm in length, and may be laid singly or in clusters of up to 50 eggs.

Although you won't usually see bed bug activity during daylight hours, but you may see other signs of bed bugs. As nymphs molt, they leave behind their shedded skins, which accumulate as the population rises. Bed bug excrement appears as dark spots, and crushed bed bugs will leave bloody marks on bed linens.

Classification:

Kingdom - Animalia Phylum - Arthropoda Class Insecta Order Hemiptera Family - Cimicidae Genus - Cimex Species - lectularius

Diet:

Bed bugs feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, including humans. They usually feed at night, often on people asleep in bed and unaware of the insects biting them.

Life Cycle:

A few bed bugs can become a large infestation quickly. One female bed bug may produce up to 500 offspring during its lifetime, and three generations can live per year.

Imagine how many bed bugs you'd have in a year if just one reproductive pair finds its way into your home. As with any pest, knowing its life cycle will help you eliminate it. Bed bugs undergo incomplete metamorphosis.

Egg The female lays her eggs, usually in clusters of less than 50. She uses a sticky substance to glue her eggs to rough surfaces. Eggs hatch in 1-2 weeks. Nymph The nymph must consume a bloodmeal before it can molt. It molts 5 times to reach adulthood. In warmer temperatures, the nymph stage may last just 3 weeks; in cooler temperatures, nymphs may take many months to mature. Adult Adult bed bugs live about 10 months, though some may live substantially longer.

Special Adaptations and Defenses:

Bed bugs locate their warm-blooded hosts by detecting exhaled carbon dioxide. The hungry pests can also sense warmth and moisture from the bodies of potential victims.

Once the bed bug pierces the skin of a human or other host, it injects salivary fluid to prevent blood from clotting as it drinks. This fluid may cause an itchy, allergic reaction on the skin of the victim.

Habitat:

Bed bugs hide in the folds, crevices, and seams of upholstered furniture and mattresses. They depend on humans, pets, or other animals for their food, so a suitable host must be available for regular bloodmeals.

Once these pests find a meal ticket, they move in for good.

Range:

Cimex lectularius lives in temperate climates, especially in the north. Bed bugs infestations are on the rise in North America, Europe, and Central Asia.

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CONSUMER REPORTS - The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation but the bites can cause a variety of symptoms from secondary skin infections like impetigo and ecthyma to allergic reactions and in rare cases anaphylaxis which can impair breathing and require a trip to the ER.

With spring break coming up, the experts at Consumer Reports share some tips to keep the bed bugs away during your next hotel stay. Some simple steps when you check in can help avoid hassles and expenses when you check out.

It might sound extreme, but to be safe, put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room.

Bed bugs prefer anything dark and creviced that they can hide in like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture, even inside walls so the bathroom is usually a the safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters.

Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind. Dont forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.

Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too. While this room was clear its important to take action if you do find anything suspicious.

If you find any signs of bed bugs alert the manager immediately and ask for a new room in a different part of the hotel. Infestations can spread from wall to wall.

Even if your room is clear Consumer Reports says its a good idea to keep your luggage and clothes on off the floor on a hard surface or luggage rack, clear of any potential bed bug zones.

Consumer Reports says when you get home throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for 30 minutes. And store your empty luggage in your basement, garage or a hot attic.


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Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in persons who are allergic. ...Read more


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Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs

Post date: March 21st, 2017

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Having a problem with bed bugs but want to kill them the natural way with natural bed bug elimination methods? Here a some simple, yet effective steps you can take to eliminate these bugs naturally. helpfulforhomes.com/sprays-and-other-treatments-to-kill-a...

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Bed bugs range in color from maroon to black

The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation but the bites can cause a variety of symptoms from secondary skin infections like impetigo and ecthyma to allergic reactions and in rare cases anaphylaxis which can impair breathing and require a trip to the ER.

With spring break coming up the experts at Consumer Reports share some tips to keep the bed bugs away during your next hotel stay. Some simple steps when you check in can help avoid hassles and expenses when you check out.

It might sound extreme, but to be safe, put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room. Bed bugs prefer anything dark and creviced that they can hide in like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture, even inside walls so the bathroom is usually a the safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters.

Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind. Dont forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.

Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too. While this room was clear its important to take action if you do find anything suspicious. If you find any signs of bed bugs alert the manager immediately and ask for a new room in a different part of the hotel. Infestations can spread from wall to wall.

Even if your room is clear Consumer Reports says its a good idea to keep your luggage and clothes on off the floor on a hard surface or luggage rack, clear of any potential bed bug zones. Consumer Reports says when you get home throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for 30 minutes. And store your empty luggage in your basement, garage or a hot attic.


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Computer Bugs

Post date: March 15th, 2017

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How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Post date: March 14th, 2017

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Bedbugs are very small in size, have an oval shape, and are brown-colored. Moreover, they feed on the blood of both animals and human beings.

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Traveling this Spring?

The sight of bed bugs is enough to put a damper on your vacation but the bites can cause a variety of symptoms from secondary skin infections to allergic reactions and in rare cases anaphylaxis which can impair breathing and require a trip to the ER.

With spring break coming up, our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine shared 4 tips to keep the bed bugs away during your next hotel stay.

They list some simple steps when you check in can help avoid hassles and expenses when you check out.

1. Don't drop luggage on the floor

It might sound extreme, but to be safe, put your luggage in the bathroom as soon as you enter the hotel room. If the bathroom is too tight, a table top will also do.

Bed bugs prefer anything dark and creviced that they can hide in like bedding, seams of fabric, furniture, even inside walls so the bathroom is usually a the safe zone while you search the room for signs of critters.

2. Now check the bedding

Check the sheets, mattress and box spring for any signs of bed bugs. Look for dark, rust colored spots and exoskeletons - the casings the bugs leave behind.

Dont forget to look at the head of the bed and in, around and behind the headboard, too.

Be sure to lift and check under the mattress, too.

3. Suspicious? Ask for another room

Its important to take action if you do find anything suspicious.

If you find any signs of bed bugs, do not continue unpacking. Alert the manager immediately and ask for a new room in a different part of the hotel.

Do not accept the room next door. Infestations can spread from wall to wall.

4. Store luggage off floor your entire stay

Even if your room is clear, Consumer Reports says its a good idea to keep your luggage and clothes off the floor, and on a hard surface or luggage rack, clear of any potential bed bug zones, such as carpeting.

Finally, Consumer Reports says if you have any strange feelings, when you get home throw all of your clothes into a hot dryer for 30 minutes. And store your empty luggage in your garage or a hot attic.

Never store empty suitcases in your bedroom closet. You can pick up bedbugs on planes, buses, and at airports, too.

That way you don't waste your money.

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BED BUG REGISTRY LISTS BEDBUG REPORTS

You can check a hotel for bedbug reports at BedBugRegistry.com.

One caution, almost all hotels have a bed bug complaint at some point, so you could drive yourself crazy trying to find a "clean" hotel. Just one or two complaints should not keep you away, if the hotel gets good reviews on Tripadvisor.com and other sites.

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The Super Size Sign hangs in Downtown Manhattan.

I took this shot more as a joke. I never thought it was real until back at our hotel, later that night I saw the bugs coming out of the bed, floor and closet. I was surprised to discover that they were the size of a small Fiat.

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