Bed Bugs are a Bite Away





Sometimes referred to as “red coats”, “chinches,” or “mahogany flats,” bed bugs are appearing in great numbers in all parts of our society. From upper income homes, hotels, businesses, apartments, even hospitals. Infestation reports are up 5000 percent, due to international travel and the loss of DDT as an insecticide control product.

Bed bugs are a broadly flattened six legged insect with greatly reduced front wings. Adults are usually brown in color and the size of an apple seed. After feeding the body is often swollen and red in color. Bed bugs have never been implicated in the spread of disease to humans but are suspected carriers of leprosy, oriental sore, Q-fever, and brucellosis.

The two bed bug species important to man are the common bed bug and the tropical bed bug. Both of these species can be picked up and spread here in Southwest Florida and the U.S.

The nightmare begins when a bed bug finds its way into your clothing; it usually happens at a hotel but can start anywhere. Once bed bugs have been found in your home it has nothing to do with poor hygiene. It only takes one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc.) to infest your residence. A female bed bug will lay approximately 200 eggs during her life span at a rate of one to twelve eggs per day. Within six to seventeen days bed bug nymphs emerge from the eggs and take five molts, approximately ten weeks, to reach maturity. What’s worse is that bed bugs can live up to one year without any further blood feedings. Some species of bed bugs are adapted with mouthparts that can feed without pain. They inject an anesthetic to numb you so you don’t feel the bite and an anti-coagulant to thin the blood to feed better.

Bed bugs are most active at night and are extremely shy and wary so their infestations are not easily located. They can be located in mattresses, box springs, pillows, bed frames, head boards, loose wall paper, sofa seams, chairs, rugs, edges of carpets, end tables, dressers,

baseboards, window casings, receptacles, cracks in the wall plaster, televisions, radios, clocks, computers, phones, sleeping bags, picture frames, clothing, and any very small dark crack or void. Heavy infestations can be located by reddish brown spotting around entry and exit points of their hiding places made from excrements of the bed bug and a distinctive foul order from the oily secretions around the infested areas.

Once an infestation has been found, you need to take quick action to prevent further infestation of the bed bugs. You can take all your linens and infected clothing and place them in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes. You can vacuum the infested areas to reduce and capture bed bugs and their eggs, but because the eggs are embedded to the fabric, you may have to scrape the surface. Once you have vacuumed everything call Collier Pest Control to treat you entire home for these unsightly vampire pests. Collier Pest Control can also offer you mattress covers to protect you from bed bugs that have infested deep in the mattress padding.

Collier Pest Control has two methods to rid your home of bed bugs. Both use vacuum extraction and insect controlling materials to eliminate and control the bed bugs in all of their hiding area. The Vapor Heat Treatment can rid your home from a bed bug problem throughout the entire house. The Chambered Heat Treatment method incorporates a control heat treatment to encase all infested furniture and bedding in a heat chamber to rid bed bugs from a hotel room or efficiency, plus applying preventative materials to the rest of the hiding areas. Both methods are successful in ridding your home, hotel room, or efficiency of this most unwanted nasty pest.

Call Collier Pest Control today for a full explanation of both bed bugs control methods or any of our services. Don’t let unwanted pests spoil your beautiful Southwest Florida’s lifestyle. Remember Florida does not have to be shared with insects. (University of Florida and Bad Bed

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