Bedbugs are small, oval non-flying insects that are 3 to 5 mm in lengthwith a reddish brown colour.
Habits & Behaviours
Bedbug infestations seem to be increasing around the world at an alarming rate, possibly due to insecticide resistance.
They may be called bedbugs, but they don’t just live inside beds. Bedbugs can occupy almost any area of your residntial, recreational, or commercial protperty regardless of hygiene or housekeeping habits. They are often transported on humans, animals, or infested objects like luggage, clothes, and furniture. They can also travel to and from neighbouring properties along pipes, electrical wiring, and other openings.
Although bedbugs can infest any property, they are most frequently found in dwellings with a high rate of occupancy, such as homes, hotels, motels, hostels, dormitories, shelters, apartment complexes, and prisons. Bedbugs can also infest airplanes, ships, trains, and buses. These blood sucking parasites are nocturnal, venturing out at night in search of sleeping prey; hence the reason why they tend to be most commonly found congregating in mattresses, box springs, and bed frames.
Complaints & Destruction
Bedbugs can reproduce rapidly and are extremely difficult pest infestations to exclude. If given the opportunity, bedbugs will feed all year round,hHowever, unlike other parasites, such a fleas, bedbugs are very resilient and can live up to a year without a blood meal and therefore will not die easily or leave your property in search of food. Bedbugs are attracted to body heat, carbon dioxide, vibration, sweat, and odor and will bite exposed areas of skin such as the face, neck, hands, and arms Evidence of bed bug activity include egg casings, shed skins, fecal stains, blood streaks on sheets, or a sweet, musty odor.
Major Risks & Dangers
Just the thought of having a bedbug infestation can cause many people psychological distress. Although bedbug bites are not known to transmit diseases, they can cause significant discomfort, possible allergic reactions, and secondary diseases. Bedbugs can also cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health, and economic consequences.
Reproduction & Life Cycle
All bedbugs mate via a process termed traumatic insemination. A fertilized female can deposit three to eight eggs per day and produce several hundred throughout her lifetime. The eggs are deposited in clusters and attached to cracks, crevices, or rough surfaces with a sticky epoxy-like substance. The eggs then undergo the five stages of development. It takes about five weeks for a bedbug to reach maturity at room-temperature.
Bedbugs are parasites that primarily feed on human blood. If human blood isn’t available, they will feed on other warm-blooded animals such as our domestic pets.
Treatment & Prevention
To eliminate and reduce the risk of bedbugs invading your residential, recreational/cottage, or commercial properties, professional treatment and exclusion is the best prevention.
Greenshield Pest Control Inc. can provide you with many treatment, exclusion, and prevention solutions.
** DO NOT DISPOSE OF BEDBUG INFESTED FURNITURE OR ITEMS OF CLOTHING THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TREATED. DOING SO WILL ONLY SPREAD THE INFESTATION!
Eliminating a bedbug infestation can be an extremely difficult, costly, and lengthy process. Infestations within your property require professional pest control measures. If you are suffering from a bedbug infestation, it is best to let the professionals do the job of safely excluding the insects.
For more information on Bed Bugs you can visit http://bedbugsinfo.ca/ regulated by the government of Ontario.