Bed bugs can be a nasty problem, and are a growing one for the United States. As The Suncoast News reports, there has been a troubling increase in bed bug populations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Because of this, they are also offering a list of bud bug indicators from a board-certified dermatologist, Seemal R. Desai.
One in five Americans has (or knows someone who has had) bed bugs in the home or found them in a hotel room. Bed bugs are a hardy insect; they can survive from almost freezing temperatures all the way up to over 120 degrees Fahrenheit. They have also been observed to travel over 100 feet a night but still tend to make their homes within 8 feet of where people sleep. Furthermore, bed bugs can live for months without a blood meal.
When looking out for signs of a bed bug infestation, search for these in and near the places you sleep, including bedding, mattresses, box springs, headboards, and other soft surfaces: small white oval eggs in seams and crevices, small dark specks (which could be bedbug waste), the exoskeletons that bedbugs shed and leave behind, tiny blood spots, and a distinct musty sweet smell.
If you find that you do have a bed bug infestation, there is no need to fret. Bed bug removal does not necessarily involve a fine toothed comb or a heavy chemical assault on your home. Bed bug heat treatment will treat the infestation with effective results without pumping your house or business full of chemicals. Bed bug heat treatment heats the home to a temperature at which bed bugs at all life stages cannot survive (including eggs), 140 degrees F for two hours, or 130 degrees F for three. Bed bug heat treatment is a better alternative to chemicals because not only is it a non toxic option, bed bugs are becoming increasingly resistant to insecticides.
“Bed bugs find their meal source by seeking warm bodies. They tend to leave hiding places as heat treatment starts, only to get killed as the temperature continues to rise to the killing temperature zone – greater than 122 °F,” says Richard Halbach, Ph.D at thermination.com. “That behavior, and the fact the all areas and objects in the room will be elevated to killing temperatures, results in a much higher treatment success rate.”