“If the bedbugs bite, bite back.” – Liz de Jager, Banished
Do you have an infestation of small insects crawling all over your bed? Or, do you perhaps wake up in the morning full of unidentified insect bites?
There is no doubt that it is not fun being attacked by insects while you sleep at night. And, understandably, it is easy to panic when you see the results of random creatures crawling over you and biting you at night.
The insect that is eating you is more than likely a bedbug.
At this juncture, it is vital to note that bedbugs are not necessarily a health hazard in that they are not a host to zoonoses; a virus or bacterium that spreads between itself as host and humans.
Therefore, it is vital to ask and answer the following questions as it is crucial not to ignore the bedbug infestation:
What is a bedbug?
Bedbugs are “small, wingless insects that feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals.”
Three are two main species of the bedbug genus: Cimex Lectularius (the common bedbug) and Cimex Hemipterus. They are incredibly hardy and notoriously difficult to kill. Evidence from Egyptian tombs shows that they have been around for over 3500 years. They started out as nest parasites and have evolved to adapt to thrive in human settlements.
Thus, people are ideal hosts for the bedbug. They are the most active from midnight onwards. And, their bites are itchy, can become inflamed, and cause nasty, irritating sores that need a course of antibiotics to heal while leaving nasty scars.
Often the only way to determine whether there is an infestation in your home is by the fact that you and your family will end up with lots of insect bites from an unknown source. This is the first clue that there might be bedbugs in your home.
How is a bedbug infestation treated?
A knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced Boise pest control specialist notes that bedbugs are notoriously difficult to kill. They tend to hide in places like bed mattresses, bedding, behind loose wallpaper, the laundry, and corners of desk drawers and clothing wardrobes.
The pest control specialists will come and spray the areas in your home where the bedbugs are lurking with a cocktail of chemicals. Generally, you do not need to evacuate your home while the bedbug infestation is being treated. But, it is best to take advice from the pest control expert.
What should you do to prevent the infestation from reoccurring?
It is vital to note that bedbugs are not a consequence or indicator of a dirty home environment. And, they are often be transported in suitcases when you return home from traveling to another destination. They are found in places like hotel rooms.
Finally, the best way to treat a bedbug infestation is to spray your home regularly. Your pest control specialist will advise you on a treatment regime to remove the existing infestation and prevent a new bedbug colony from moving in.