Bed bugs are blood-feeding insects that have made a comeback in the last few years, causing great personal distress and media hysteria. Adult bed bugs are wingless, brown in color and oval in shape (about the size of an apple seed). Nymphs look similar to adults except they are smaller and nearly pale/colorless. Eggs are about 1 mm long and white. After mating, the female can lay 3 to 6 eggs per day, and can lay 200 to 500 eggs over a life span of 6 to 18 months. This is one reason why a bed bug population can explode over a period of a few months.
Sometimes the first signs of bed bugs are welts/bites on face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, etc. Effects of a bite vary with each individual. Some symptoms may persist for a week or more and may worsen with multiple bites, and the next person may have no adverse reaction at all.
Once a person has determined that they have bed bugs, most start researching what steps need to be taken to eradicate the problem. There is a wide range of products available over the internet, which makes it enticing to try to manage the problem on your own.
With this thought in mind, I would like to remind the “do it yourselfers” to please read and follow label directions. We have heat treated several homes for bed bugs where the homeowner has purchased Diatomaceous Earth “DE” dust in a 5 pound bag and placed 2 to 3 pounds inside the home. But the placement is not in cracks and crevices as labeled, but scattered about on floors, around beds, dressers, on furniture, etc. Diatomaceous Earth is a natural ground up fossilized skeletal remains product, but still needs to be applied properly. Unlike boric acid dusts that work best when ingested, “DE” only requires contact with the insect to be effective. I use a mask when applying the dust because the product is composed of ground up shell that cuts the insect and causes it to desiccate. The label advises that for prolonged and repeated exposure to excessive concentrations of the dust, use a suitable dust mask approved by NIOSH/MSHA.
I do worry about people accidentally purchasing the wrong product, as there is a formulation of DE that is for pool filtration which is dangerous to humans and pets.
There has been a few times we were called in to “finish” taking care of the problem for the home owner after their efforts had been exhausted. I know it can be disheartening for the homeowner who has tried everything to have to call in a professional, but remember bed bugs are probably the most difficult indoor pest to eliminate! A professional pest management company that specializes in bed bugs should be well educated on the habits and biology of the insect. They should also know harborage areas and have a general understanding of how bed bugs are transferred from one location to another. Education is also an important part of bed bug eradication. You can not live in fear, but need to know a few simple things that help limit the chances of becoming re-infested.
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If you think you have bed bugs please visit our Bed Bugs Page for pictures of Bed Bugs, Bed Bug Bites, and Watch our videos to aid in identifying them. Afterwards feel free to call, or contact us for an appointment and free estimate on having your home treated with out Thermal Remediation method. Thermal heat kills the Bed Bugs, along with their eggs and ends the problem. 800-966-9599