You know the old saying”sleep tight, do not let the bedbugs bite”? Well, it is really an old saying, since the cimex lectularius, or the common bedbug, has existed for centuries.
They’re a very small insect, belonging to a species which is typified by its need to have blood vessels to endure, their victims being mostly human, but in a pinch, animal blood is going to do.
Adults can measure up to 1/5 of an inch, and with their dark brown coloring, can be visible to the naked eye, even if you’re up to grab them. Since the bedbug has its name honestly, seeking out victims in the dark of the night, and those sufferers are usually in bed.
They aren’t spawned by filthy environments however. This is a frequent misconception. The cleanliness of a room, bed or whole house, has nothing to do with their existence. The bedbug will crawl in the bed, feed off its host, and return to their own dark lairs for the daylight hours, though under especially appealing conditions, they’ll emerge in daytime.
Bedbugs exist in most temperate climates, however they almost disappeared from North America in the middle of the last century, because of the high toxicity of these chemicals as DDT. However, the substances used by many pest control companies now, are primarily meant for cockroaches, and don’t have the residual effects the older formulas did. Plus, they’re not absorbed by the bedbugs, so they can return after a first kill of the bugs present.
If you’re discovering itching spots or raised bumps during the day, especially if they occur in groups of three, you might have bedbugs. A fantastic way to check would be to place plain white linens in your mattress. Set the alarm for an hour until it gets light, then turn on a flashlight and inspect beneath the covers. Everything you can see, are little black specks, scurrying away from the light. In case you’ve rolled on them and squashed a bug that has fed, there’ll be little smears of blood on the sheet.
Home pest management is an iffy thing, but is professional extermination, because of how the bedbug is so rare today. While trying to destroy the pests, you need to take other steps with the mattress. Bedbugs don’t jump or fly, and their only way up on the mattress, is by scaling.
With severe infestations, you might need expert help. Make certain to check and see if the pest control company that you contact, has some experience with bedbugs, and request references.