Mattress & Bed Set
by Dial a Bed
Posted on February 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Bed bugs are tiny, reddish-brown parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. They are not considered as carriers of diseases, but they can trigger other public health concerns, as well as damage to property when there is a bed bug infestation in your home.
The bedbug is typically the size of an apple seed, and due to its size, can easily hide in the cracks, as well as, crevices of your bed, box-spring, mattress, bed frames, headboards, and other furniture around your bed. There is an increased chance that you will pick up a bedbug or two if you tend to travel a lot, visit hospitals, or hotels, or even homeless shelters, just to name a few.
Bed bug bites can be difficult to discern from other insect bites or even rashes, but there are a few signs and symptoms that can make it easier to pinpoint:
Not everyone who is bitten by a bedbug will get these red welts on their body. However, others will break out in an allergic reaction, which can include hives, severe itching, and even the appearance of blisters, just to name a few.
You’re probably wondering where do bed bugs come from? This is a common question that a lot of people ask when they see these tiny creatures in their home.
These insects came from developing parts of Africa as well as the Middle East and were taken to different parts of the world because of international travel. With certain governments banning the use of DDT, which is a type of pesticide that can get rid of bed bugs, but dangerous to humans, the spread of bed bugs has become rapid.
If you are wondering, ‘where do bed bugs come from’ locally, these insects prefer to stay in areas where humans live. It’s easy to assume that you will pick up a bedbug in a motel or a hotel, but these pests are everywhere. Bed bugs are referred to as ‘hitchhiking bugs’ meaning they attach to clothes, luggage, socks, and the like for easy transport. Other places that you may encounter bed bugs include:
How do you get bed bugs? There is a common misconception that bed bugs appear when your room or home is filthy, but it is important to know that these creatures don’t like decay at all. As a matter of fact, they are happy to live anywhere, provided they have access to humans or animals, which they prefer as their blood meal.
However, because they are not like mosquitoes that fly around in search of prey or even ticks for that matter that lives in a host, bed bugs need to be creative when it comes to finding their food source.
What causes bed bugs? Bedbug infestations can happen when they spread from one area of your house to another. They don’t normally latch on your clothes, but they can hitchhike on your travel bag. Then they will make their way into dark places of your room, such as in the cracks of the bed frames, furniture, and even the walls. These insects don’t normally have nests, but they tend to reside in groups inside of a mattress, second-hand furniture, upholstered furniture, and even open sockets, and every crack or crevice that they can find in your nooks and crannies.
To really understand what causes bed bugs to infest a place, here is a quick checklist to recap:
Now that you know the answer to the question, ‘How do you get bed bugs’ the next thing that you should know is how do bed bugs spread? Like it was mentioned before, bed bugs tend to hitchhike on our bags and accessories when we’re traveling, and from there, they can easily crawl out from your luggage and look for hiding places.
If the bedbug that you brought home with you is a female that had already mated, you will have several bed bugs to contend with, as a bed bug can lay up to a hundred eggs in the first month alone. Bed bug eggs are laid several times in a month, which is why, by the time the first eggs have turned into nymphs, there will be new eggs waiting to be hatched.
By the end of the second month, adult bed bugs in your home may have doubled already, with female bed bugs laying more eggs. There will be several developing bed bugs in your home at this point, from eggs to nymphs, and finally, adults. At this point, you may start noticing tiny stains on your mattress or bedding; even tiny dust-like particles on the seams of your mattress. It would be a good idea to detect bed bugs at this stage so that you will be able to prevent bed bugs infestation from happening. Finding them early is essential, as it will be tougher to eliminate bed bugs by the third month.
By the third month, you will have a colony in your hands, with more than a hundred breeding adults, thousands of growing nymphs, and about 500 eggs. Since bed bugs are not contained to one area, you can expect them to spread to other parts of your home. The problem with live bed bugs is that they can live for several months without food, especially adults, which means that, if you let them be, you will have a severe infestation on your hands. The population of bed bugs in your home will continue growing if you don’t intervene immediately.
It’s not really easy to detect if you have bed bugs in your home from a bite alone. As it was mentioned earlier, it is critical to watch out for other signs of bed bugs such as red spots on your bedding, tiny translucent shells, and the like. That said, if you suspect that these insects are in your home and would like to do pest management on your own, here are a few things that you can try:
Even though you know, not only how you get bed bugs, but how to control them with at-home methods — keep in mind that you can never be too sure when or where these bugs will strike. This is why it is important to take precautions all the time. Lastly, it’s essential to note that when it comes to bed bug infestations, many times a professional exterminator will be needed to rid yourself of these pests.