Within the prevalent fast paced times, immigration and travel has enabled the increase of pest infestations on a global scale causing concern to many. Among the many, bed bugs are considered a popular topic within the pest control profession. Feeding on only blood under cool conditions it’s able to survive up to a year without a meal. While the insect is not known to spread disease, the itching caused from its bite is capable of creating a secondary infection if poorly treated. Its ability to thrive in clean and crowded spaces makes it a huge concern for children with suppressed immune systems and the elderly who are either bedridden or unable to walk. The biggest risk posed is considered as the physiological concerns resulting in lack of sleep and stress along with the irritation of the bite.
Mostly reported to be found in areas where sanitation conditions are poor and containing pets, birds or even areas close to where bats frequent, Its ability to hide in small spaces and live for months without feeding makes it a tough competitor on the listing of pest’s for professional pest control companies involved in pesticides for bed bugs and combating other pest issues.
Various news reports across the globe have talked about the discovery of the pest in prestigious hotels with law suits being filed by customers who have woken up to nasty insect attacks. In addition infestations discovered in numerous office buildings, Laundromats, vehicles have also caused embarrassment to many. So it is a good thing to know a few details about this pest and how to treat them.
How does it spread?
With the insects ability to thrive in clean environments and conceal itself in small crevices, its spread can occur in numerous ways. They are known to hitchhike with people, so a person visiting and infested area or a person coming from a place with the insects can easily transmit it to other locations. They are also known to travel about while getting in to travellers suitcases and bags as well. Some have even been found in discarded furniture or bedding.
How do I find it?
Even though detecting bed bugs can be a tricky matter, evidence of infestations may be found primarily by checking bedding, mattresses, sofa’s and linen and similar items. Live bugs are known to leave clusters of black or dark brown spots of excrement on surfaces whilst skin that is shed by juvenile bugs could also indicate its presence. The ability to sneak into crevices and small spaces can make it a challenging issue in locating the infestation which also could lead to considering professional assistance.
Treatment & control
Usage of a harmful and toxic bed bugs pesticide without prior experience is not recommended by professionals whilst approaching the issue after a proper inspection is completed is encouraged in arriving at the best treatment plans for any living space.
This pesky bug makes cleaning and maintenance in any location of paramount importance. Be it school, home or even a workspace, any person can transmit this insect unknowingly thereby causing undue stress and embarrassment. Therefore cleaning of premises thoroughly and regularly is recommended.