Bed Bug Facts
According to the National Pest Management Association, one out of every five Americans has either a bed bug infestation in their home or known someone who battled them at home or in a hotel. All 50 U.S. states are currently battling the growing bedbug epidemic. In a 2015 nationwide survey, three Ohio cities have ranked in the top twelve of fifty bed bug infested cities in the country, with Columbus ranking at number 5.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are wingless insects that feed off of the blood of humans and other mammals. They are rusty brown colored bugs, approximately 1/4 inch in length and flattened oval shape. Bed bugs are found in many common places and are becoming more frequent in shared living spaces such as hotels, fabric and are easily carried from location to location. A female bed bug lays an average of five eggs per day, quickly turning a single bed bug into an infestation.
Where do they come from?
Bed bugs have been around for more than 3,000 years! They originally hitchhiked into the United States with the colonists. They were nearly destroyed with the invention of modern treatment methods as well as technology such as washing machines and vacuum cleaners.
How do I get bed bugs?
Bed Bugs are “hitchhikers”. They hide in furniture, in cracks and crevices, or on fabrics and travel from place to place by riding on a carrier. Bed bugs are not a sign of uncleanliness and can be found in many homes, hotels, apartments. They do not only dwell in beds. They can be found almost anywhere, including couches, carpet, baseboards, cabinets, behind electrical plates…anywhere that they can hide! They move by attaching to the clothes or shoes of a carrier, through air vents or pipes, or even through a vacuum cleaner that may have swept them up and moved them to a different room.
What damage can bed bugs cause?
Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures, feeding while the human is asleep. Although the bed bug bite is painless, bed bugs inject salivary fluid into the skin that may cause irritation to the human skin, including welts, inflammation, and itching. Additionally, the emotional and mental toll of experiencing a bed bug infestation can be severe and should not be taken lightly. In the NPMA’s Bugs Without Borderssurvey, professional pest management company respondents reported that 99% of their clients who have noted bed bug symptoms were “upset and concerned.”
How can I prevent bed bugs?
There’s no true way to prevent getting bed bugs. But there are some good habits you can form to decrease your chances to bringing them home.
- Inspect hotel beds by removing bedding and looking for signs of bugs or blood stains.
- Avoid used furniture or clothing.
- Use mattress and box spring covers to prevent the female bed bugs from laying eggs in places such as mattress seams and crevices in box springs.
- Inspect clothing and shopping bags from retail stores carefully before bringing them into your home.
- Vacuum suitcases thoroughly when returning from vacation locations.
What do I do if I get bed bugs?
Stop! Contact Champion Pest & Termite Control immediately! Bed bugs can only be effectively treated by a pest management professional. A state licensed pest control professional will complete a thorough inspection of the infested area and create a comprehensive treatment plan to help control bed bugs in infested areas and minimize the spread of them to neighboring rooms.