If you are reading this then it’s likely you are either under attack or are concerned about the
increasing infestations and control of bed bugs. ” Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite” used to be a good night gesture,
but not anymore. Although bed bug populations dropped dramatically during the Mid-20th century, the United States is one of many countries now experiencing an alarming resurgence in the population and need for treatment and control of bed bugs due to several factors.
Omaha, Nebraska is not immune, it ranks 16th in the country of cities being affected. Increased travel in and around Nebraska is part of the reason bed bugs are now a problem in Omaha and neighboring communities. These tiny pests hide during the day and feed on blood at night, they can get into your home on newly acquired furniture, suitcases, clothing and purses, etc. Once they are in your home they are hard to get rid of, especially on your own. Omaha Pest Control offers bed bug inspections and consultations for necessary control, treatment and extermination of bed bugs, call us to have our exterminators solve the infested problem.
Extermination Of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are the types of pests no one wants to hear about. Unfortunately these home invaders conjure up old wive’s tales of dirty unkempt homes, which therefore causes the bed bug problem. We here at Omaha Pest Control can tell you without a doubt this is untrue. Bed bugs have been an continuing epidemic in the United States for many years and if you have acquired an infestation it is almost certain that these unwelcome pests hitched a ride into your house.
If you decide that you need professional bed bug removal assistance, Omaha Pest Control, Inc. offers certified expert help. Call us to have a qualified technician come to your home and inspect for the problem. The service technician will find the pest in question, identify and problem suspect, and finally discuss an appropriate plan of attack. A bed bug treatment plan at an affordable cost will be scheduled and provided at your convenience.
Introduction To The Bed Bug (Cimex lectularius)
Bed bugs may have originated in the Middle East in caves inhabited by animals, bats and people, they were first mentioned in Greece as early as 400 years BC. and were later mentioned by Aristotle in “Pliny’s Natural History”, published in 77 AD, claimed bed bugs had medicinal values in treating snake bites and ear infections.
Bed bugs are mainly active at night, they usually feed on their hosts at night without being noticed. Bed bugs are small, flat insects that feed on the blood of people and animals. They are brown to reddish brown in color, wingless, and range from 1 to 7 millimeters in length. Newly hatched nymphs are much lighter in color, almost translucent. When the translucent feature of the body is filled with blood it changes to the reddish color. They aren’t always feeding, they can live several months without a blood meal.
The bed bug has been a long time pest, generally by causing itchy bites and irritations of their hosts. They are considered by the (EPA) Environmental Protection Agency, the (CDC) Centers fro Disease Control and Prevention, and the (USDA) United States Department of Agriculture to be a public health pest. They do not however transmit or spread diseases.
It’s important to keep close attention to pay close attention to controlling and preventing them. Experts believe bed bugs have increased due to a few reasons, increased travel across the U.S.A., increased resistance to current pesticides, and lack of public awareness for control.
It’s not the end of the world. With Omaha Pest Control, getting good information is the first step in control and having a quality pest treatment for lasting protection. Bed bugs are small and hard to find sometimes, their isn’t a quick-fix but control can be achieved through effective non-chemical and chemical methods.
Bed Bugs Appearance And Life Cycle
Bed bugs go through many changes in their lifetime.
- Size – Adult bed bugs are approximately 3/16 – 1/4 inch long (about the size of a pinhead).
- Shape – Balloon like – Long and reddish brown with a flat, oval body.
- Characteristics – 3 segments; 1) A beak with 3 segments. 2) Antenna that have 4 parts. 3) Useless wings not used for flying.
- 1st stage nymph
- 2nd stage nymph
- 3rd stage nymph
- 4th stage nymph
- 5th stage nymph
- Adult male and female
Inspection And Identification
Bed bugs are experts at hiding in Omaha, Nebraska. They hide during the day in places such as seams of mattresses, box springs, bed frames, headboards, cracks or crevices, and objects or clutter around a bed. Their small flat bodies allow them to fit into the smallest of spaces and they can remain in place for long periods of time, even without a blood meal. Bed bugs can travel over 100 feet in one night, but they tend to live 8 feet of where people sleep. If you misidentify a bed bug infestation, it gives them more time to relocate to other parts of the house or hitchhike to someone else’s home and start a new problem. Omaha Pest Control has experienced and dependable exterminators that will give accurate and thorough inspections to find the best treatment and solution for your bed bug problems.
How To Find Bed bugs
Bed bugs typically live very close to the host, usually in the bed or a couch where that individual sleeps. When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from feeling the bite, once a bed bug finishes feeding, it returns to that harborage areas usually filled with a cluster of adults, nymphs and eggs. These places vary greatly in format, including vehicles, furniture, luggage and bedside clutter. Because bites usually occur while people are sleeping, most people do not realize they have been bitten until marks appear. The bite marks are similar to that of a mosquito or a flea – a slightly swollen and red area that may itch and be irritating. Everyone is at risk for bed bugs bites when visiting an infested area.
Physical Signs Of A Bed Bug Infestation May Include:
- Reddish stains on sheets or mattresses by bed bugs getting smashed.
- Dark spots ( about the size of a bold period) – Bed bug fecies
- Tiny eggs and eggshells
- Live bugs
Where Do They Hide?
- In cracks of the bed frame and headboard.
- Near the seams and tags of the mattress and box spring.
- In the cushions, seams and tags of the couches.
- In the folds of the curtains.
- In the dresser drawers, cracks and crevices.
- Where the wall and ceiling join, wallpaper is sometimes a culprit.
- Electrical outlets and appliances.
Management Of Bed Bugs
As bed bugs continue to adapt pesticide resistance, they are extremely difficult to get rid of. This often requires a combination of non-pesticide approaches and the use of insecticides.
Helpful Bed Bug Removal Tasks:
- Continual vacuuming
- Heat treating or sealing mattresses
- Clothes dryer for possibly infested fabrics
- Removing clutter where bed bugs can hide
- Sealing cracks and crevices to remove hiding places
- Judicious use of effective chemical pesticides with professionals at Omaha Pest Control, Inc.
Infestations of bed bugs is a frustrating, embarrassing, unnerving and expensive experience. Let us with 30 plus years pest control experience take these worries away.