Bed Bugs: Your Unlikely Room Mate
Have you ever feel like you were not alone in your room, although there
is no one else there beside you?
Have you ever experienced being alone in your room in the middle of the
night, hence, you feel, and you are certain that there are other beings
there with you?
You are not about to read another scary story. Or if you think you will
be reading perverted things here, no, you are wrong.
You should check on your room, especially your bed. You may have unwanted
room mates, or worse bed mates. Do not be scared. The unlikely being
referred here is the insect commonly called bed bugs.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bug is one among the millions of species of the insect world.
Scientifically, common bed bugs are known as Cimex lectularius.
Experts and professionals claim that the existence of bed bugs had been
controlled in the United States in the 70s and 80s. However, due to
persistence and survival of bed bugs in Asia, Europe and in Africa,
travelers may have carried along the parasites during travel and
migration to the country.
Bed bugs are wingless insects. They are parasites that feed primarily on
the blood of warm-blooded victims such as animals and human. The belief
that bed bugs only bite humans is wrong. Your pets can also be host to
Birds, dogs, cats, in short, every mammal that can come into contact with
the infested bed or surroundings can be affected by bed bugs.
Bed bugs are so tiny, that one can hardly see it. The biggest bed bugs,
however, during their final stage of maturity can reach about 25% of an
inch long. Usually, bed bugs are oval-shaped and they appear flattened
when viewed from top to bottom.
Bed bugs are usually colored deep brown or cream to white. There are also
bed bugs that appear burnt orange in color.
After feeding blood, bed bugs may look like black insects or dark red.
That indicates that the bed bug has already stored food inside its body.
Once it has fed from its prey, or host, bed bugs usually last until about
more than a year before it needs further feeding.
Adult bed bugs can last more than a year without sucking blood. It is
different for younger or baby bed bugs. They can last only a few months,
or even a few months without food, that is, blood.
Hence, even if a bed infested with bed bugs remains vacant or unoccupied
for how many months, chances are the bed bugs still exist there.
Bed bugs on the average life span, needs about three to four
replenishments or feeding sessions before it lay eggs and completes its
Bed bugs normally thrive in dark spots or areas in the house. Part of
their protective instinct is that they live inside crevices and dark and
miniscule holes where they can not easily be detected or killed.
Bed bugs can also live in beds, beneath them, underneath them or inside
them. They can remain undetected during daytime. But surely, they go out
and hunt for food during night time.
Bed bugs may appear smart because they know when to attack prospective
hosts--- when they are asleep.
When bed bugs bite, they normally do not produce stinging sensation.
Hence, the victim will only know that he or she has been bitten after a
day or two, when the skin reacts to the saliva left by the bed bugs into
the affected area.
The bitten skin may itch and appear reddish. Sometimes, it is also hard
to distinguish bed bug bites from the usual mosquito bites.
Control of bed bugs
Bed bugs are hard to control. There are a lot of pesticides that can kill
the parasite, but it is advisable that you consult a pest control expert
to control and exterminate bed bugs.
There a lot of harmful pesticides that can surely kill bed bugs. But the
catch is, these pesticides can be really dangerous and harmful, not just
to you and your other housemates, but also to your neighbors.
You may not want to exterminate yourself and your loved ones along with
bed bugs, right?
Contact the local pest control operators in your locality. If you are
renting an apartment, it is the duty of the land lord to arrange for the
necessary pest control to get rid of bed bugs.