You know the old saying”sleep tight, do not let the bedbugs bite”? Well, it is really an old expression, because the cimex lectularius, or the common bedbug, has existed for centuries.
They’re a tiny insect, belonging to a species that is typified by its need to have blood vessels to endure, their victims being primarily human, but in a pinch, animal blood will do.
Adults can measure up to 1/5 of an inch, and with their dark brown coloring, can be visible to the naked eye, if you are up to grab them. Since the bedbug gets its name honestly, seeking out victims in the dark of night, and those victims are usually in bed.
They aren’t spawned by filthy environments however. This is a common misconception. What really draws them is a source of heat, and exhaled carbon dioxide. The cleanliness of a room, bed or whole home, has nothing to do with their existence. The bedbug will crawl in the bed, feed off its host, and return to their dark lairs for the daylight hours, though under especially appealing conditions, they will emerge in daytime.
Bedbugs exist in most temperate climates, however they virtually disappeared from North America in the middle of the last century, due to the high toxicity of these chemicals as DDT. However, the substances used by many pest control companies today, are primarily meant for cockroaches, and do not have the residual effects that the older formulas did. Plus, they are not consumed by the bedbugs, which means they can return after an initial kill of the bugs present.
If you are discovering itching spots or raised bumps during the day, particularly if they occur in groups of three, you may 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. What you could see, are small black specks, scurrying away from the light. In case you’ve rolled on them and squashed a bug that has fed, there’ll be tiny smears of blood on the sheet.
Home pest management is an iffy thing, but so is professional extermination, because of the fact that the bedbug is so rare now. You will find homemade recipes for spraying in the areas bugs will hide, such as baseboards, carpet, under dressers and between the mattress and box spring. While attempting to destroy the pests, you need to take other measures with the bed. Place the legs inside dishes of water, and grease the legs with petroleum jelly. Bedbugs do not jump or fly, and their only way up on the mattress, is by climbing.
With severe infestations, you may need professional help. Make certain to check and see if the pest control company that you contact, has any experience with bedbugs, and ask for references.