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October 10, 2015
You wake up in the morning, stretch, yawn, head to the bathroom – but before you can even pick up your toothbrush, something catches your eye in the mirror. Your skin is red and irritated, and itchy bumps abound.
They’re an annoying pest, but luckily, our pest professionals know how to treat them. However, before we discuss treatments, let’s learn a bit more about these unwanted roommates:
Thriving in all 50 states, bed bugs can be found just about anywhere. In fact, 99.6% of pest professionals in America treated bed bugs in 2014. Apartments, single-family homes, and hotels are the most common places to find bed bugs, but they’ve also been active in schools, daycares, and hospitals. Some of the stranger places bed bugs have appeared include prosthetic legs, a tow boat on the Ohio River, and a dance club.
One of the biggest issues with these bloodsucking pests is that bed bugs are hard to spot. Over 30% of victims don’t feel bed bug bites, and since they can be as small as the head of a pin, they sometimes appear invisible to the naked eye. They also typically feast while we’re asleep, so they can have a full meal before we even wake up.
Aside from causing itchy welts and general annoyance, bed bugs can pose health risks too. The staph infection MRSA has been found in several bed bug samples and anyone can develop a significant allergy if bed bugs suck their blood enough times. Bed bugs can also cause anemia, anaphylactic shock, asthma, and blistered skin eruptions.
Bed bugs reproduce at a very fast rate. They lay one to five eggs in a single day and more than 500 in a lifetime. In fact, a single fertilized female can infest an entire apartment building rather quickly. Bed bugs can also live for more than one and a half years without any food, and can ingest seven times their own body weight in blood. That’s the equivalent of an average-sized male drinking 120 gallons of water.
Bed bugs have been bothering humans for more than 3,500 years, and over that time, they’ve evolved to develop a resistance to most pesticides and insecticides. Pest experts have learned that extreme and sustained heat (122 degrees Fahrenheit) is the only thing that kills bed bugs.
The pest professionals at Connor’s know how to fight back against these unwanted bedfellows. After conducting a visual inspection, trained service technicians call in the hounds. As stated above, bed bugs can be invisible to the naked eye, but since dogs can detect odors nearly 10,000 times better than humans, the Connor’s dogs can quickly find bed bugs wherever they’re hiding. The precision of these dogs allows the pest professionals to focus treatment only in the problem areas, limiting disturbance to your home.
After treatment, the last step to a successful bed bug plan is a follow-up inspection by the Connor’s pest experts. We want to ensure that our treatment was successful and that you’re bed-bug-free before you get back under the covers.
For more information on how Connor’s handles your bed bug issues, check out our new video. If you think you have an issue with bed bugs in your home, don’t wait. Give us a call today.