Bed bugs are currently proving a big problem around the globe. The bugs have spread to the UK and as far as New Zealand after an outbreak in New York.
What’s a bed bug, then? It is a small parasite living off warm bodied creatures, feeding on your blood. They normally shelter themselves close to your sleeping quarters, a true live vampire, sometimes nocturnal (sleep in the day, come out at night). The nickname bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is used as they are often seen around people’s beds while recent reports have seen them infest retail outlets like the highly reported closure of an Abercrombie and Fitch Hollister store and in movie theatres and the like.Learn more about us at Miami Bed Bug Exterminator Association
How do they enter your house? They don’t go far by walking, they ‘re much lazier than that, they ‘re using their host as a taxi, mostly suggesting they ‘re latching on your clothes and riding in your person or suitcase. When the bugs arrive they eat and reproduce, an odd fact is that bed bugs can’t replicate without a meal in the blood. Bed bugs are a flat brown coloured insect that is wingless, not to be mistaken with the common flea that also bites but is smaller and blacker in colour and even jumping fleas!
The insect will lay numerous eggs that look like poppy seeds (small and black in colour). This can hatch under the right conditions and become nymphs, feed in turn and continue through the life cycle of the common bed bug.
What gives those insects a plague? Well, they bite and can cause unpleasant rashes and inflammations, which are not commonly considered to transmit disease as they cause between meals for so long. When a bed bug feeds it injects a small amount of anaesthetic to keep your sleep from being disturbed, you’ll feel itchy when you wake up and see inflammations when the anaesthetic gets rubbed off. Good to see!
DIY treatments-relevant-there are no completely detailed approved treatments for removing bug from DIY beds.
How do you clean them off? The suggested course of action is a mixture of self-help and career counselling. You’ll need to employ a specialist who’s specialised in exterminating bed bug. Usually they would suggest that you either discard contaminated things such as bed sheets, or wash them at over 60 degrees to get rid of harbouring bugs and eggs. Even regular vacuuming is recommended.
The best way to avoid the insects is to be vigilant, the only protection strategy is prevention. After moving, it is important that all clothes are kept away from bedrooms and washed at over 60 degrees or dried tumble, and that suitcases are kept separate as there may be harbouring bed bugs in there- after a couple of months the creatures and their offspring may die off, typically enough to hold suitcases in an attic or cellar.