Bed bugs are back on the rise and leaving many people trying different methods to get rid of them. One senior citizen complex had to call an emergency meeting to discuss what to do about the bed bug problem in their buildings according to one news report. The bed bug problem seemed to have disappeared for about a forty year period. Suddenly, in the 1990’s, they reappeared only to become a worse problem than ever. New York, among many other states is dealing with a major bed bug problem and the issue is getting more and more serious.
Things you should know about bed bugs:
They prefer birds and bats- The bedbug prefers to attack birds and bats more so than human beings. That doesn’t mean that they won’t bite humans but if they have an opportunity to feast on a bird or bat, they will do so.
Life Expectancy- Bed bugs can live up to a full year. That is why it is very important to try to get rid of them as soon as possible. That task may not be so easy, but it is important that you take every step in order to ensure that they are removed from the home.
No Diseases- You might think that a bug like the bed bug would transmit diseases. The bed bug is a particularly clean bug believe it or not. They are not a danger to your overall health so you don’t have to worry if one bites you that it can cause long term damage.
Transferable- Bedbugs will travel around. Just because you move out of the house doesn’t mean the bugs are gone. They will travel with you. They get in boxes and furniture or anything else that leaves the home. They will then be spread to other places. If you know that you have bed bugs, you need to take care of the problem as soon as possible so that you won’t spread them to other people and places. If you do, the bed bug epidemic only gets worse.
Pain of the bite- The bed bug bite isn’t usually very painful. It is about equal to a mosquito bite which most of us have dealt with at one time or another. They are annoying and cause skin itchiness, but nothing more. There is a possibility of an allergic reaction to the bite though and it could be dangerous. If it appears the bite is worse than a mosquito bite, you should make certain that you go to the hospital to get it checked out.
They aren’t dirty- Bed bugs prefer to stay away from dirt. The cause of bed bugs has nothing to do with cleanliness as the myth would have people believe. That may explain why they don’t carry diseases.
Getting rid of them- The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to hire a pest control company to come in and do the job for you. They have the tools and equipment to get the job done right. Pesticides are what have been used in the past and it seemed to make the bug extinct back in the 1940’s era. The bed bug made it’s appearance again and people are going wild trying to get rid of them in the best way possible. It is also being suggested that you can vacuum and seal off areas that have crevices the bed bug can get into. This can help control the problem a little bit, but you are still better off calling an exterminator such as Terminix to get rid of them.
Bed bugs are a very pesky pest that needs to get under control again. If we rid our world of them before, we can probably do it again. It will take a lot of work, but it is important to get rid of them before they overtake our homes just like termites and roaches do. The one good point about bed bugs is that they don’t carry disease and therefore won’t harm us in that way.