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What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are insects that, as adults, have oval-shaped bodies with no wings. Prior to feeding, they are about 1/4 inch long and flat as paper. After feeding, they turn dark red and become bloated. Eggs are whitish, pear-shaped and about the size of a pinhead.
Clusters of 10-50 eggs can be found in cracks and crevices. Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay 200-400 eggs depending on food supply and temperature. Eggs hatch in about 10 days.
What do bed bugs feed on?
Bed bugs prefer to feed on human blood, but will also bite mammals and birds. Bed bugs bite at night, and will bite all over a human body, especially around the face, neck, upper torso, arms and hands. Bed bugs can survive up to six months without feeding, both male and female bed bugs bite.
Bedbugs are nocturnal and shelter in a variety of dark locations including under mattresses, floorboards, carpets, behind paintings, skirting, in various cracks and crevices of walls, within bed frames and other furniture, and behind loose wallpaper.
Human and animals living with a bedbug infestation are subjected to bites which turn into wheals or hives. Reaction to bites may take up to nine days to appear and include itching, skin rashes, allergic reactions and sometimes allergic symptoms. Common areas of the body that are affected involve the arms and shoulders.
How do bed bugs get into my home?
Bed bugs are often carried into a home on objects such as furniture and clothing. If you think you have a bed bug problem, check for live bed bugs or shells in the following areas:
- Seams, creases, tufts and folds of mattresses and box springs
- Cracks in the bed frame and head board
- Under chairs, couches, beds, dust covers
- Between the cushions of couches and chairs
- Under area rugs and the edges of carpets
- Between the folds of curtains
- In drawers
- Behind baseboards, and around window and door casings
What You Need To Know About Bed Bugs?
It is possible for anyone, anywhere to experience a bed bug infection, but they can be prevented and controlled, if you get it it can be cleaned.
What are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small insects with oval-shaped bodies and no wings. They are about the size of an apple seed and reddish brown colour. They usually come out and bite at night. Bed Bugs can live in people’s beds and can also be found in almost any dark crack or crevice. For Useful fact sheets or general information please visit www.bedbugsinfo.ca
Sometimes people can get bed bugs from visiting clients and making services calls at locations that have had bed bugs infections. No one wants to pick up and bring home (or to another location) unwanted pesky passengers.
There are two ways to get bed bugs:
Migration – is when bed bugs walk to an adjacent unit through hallways, plumbing, electrical lines, or other means.
Hitch hiking – is when bed bugs climb into or on bags, clothing, or other belonging and are relocated by a person when bed bugs climb into or on bags, clothing, other belongings and are relocated by a person.
Some facts about bed bugs to consider:
- Bed bugs feed at night and hide during the day (90% of their life spent in hiding areas).
- Bed bugs prefer dark areas.
- Bed bugs tend to hide near the bed or where the person normally sleeps.
- Bed bugs unlikely to be active during the day.
- Bed bugs are large enough to be seen by naked eye (an adult is 6mm long).
- Bed bugs do not fly or jump.
The following practices will help prevent picking up bed bug hitch hikers:
- Learn how to identify bed bugs.
- When visiting, bring in only what you need and avoid placing bags close to walls and furniture (if this is unavoidable place belongings in a closed white plastic bag and examine it for there are any bed bugs before leaving).
- If possible, stand rather than sit, or avoid sitting on furniture with fabric, but wool or metal
chairs are better.
- Inspect shoes, clothes, and belonging after leaving.
- If you find ant bed bugs kill them immediately.
- Put any cloths that exposed to bed bug in the dryer at least 30 min. on high heat.
- Use disposable protective clothing such as shoe covers and coveralls.
Average bed is home to about a million dust mites and their feces are one of the strongest in the world inhaled allergens that irritate hundreds of millions of people, so a large spring cleaning of apartment is supposed to be offensive to these microorganisms.
First days of spring are usually used for general cleaning and the first targets should be parasites invisible to our eye, but extremely dangerous to health. The feces of dust mites are one of the strongest inhaled allergens in the world! It causes strong reactions for asthma sufferers, those who suffer from allergic rhinitis (inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose), bronchitis and hives. It is an ideal medium for bacterial growth, causing an unpleasant smell of sweat (especially legs) and intensive hair dandruff.
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Mites are usually nesting in our warm beds, rugs, favorite chair, clothes …
Your face and body is on the first line of house dust mite bites. An average bed is home to about a million dust mites! Even if you change the sheets, they can easily come in contact with you from the mattress, because their size is measured in tenth parts of a millimeter, so through the thickest cloth they are passing like through the open door.
Ideal conditions for dust mites:
Ideal conditions for the mites are temperatures of 25 Celsius and humidity of 75%, so they are less in rooms with dry air at high or low temperatures.
Nothing is a better situation than plush toys that your kids love to play and also love beds. That is why this pest is usually known as house dust mites.
An average mattress is host to between, 100 000 and 10 million dust mites. Their food is skin and hair that you lose while sleeping.
Here’s what they like:
- Poor ventilation
- High humidity in the air
- High-temperature above 22 Celsius
- Air pollution-mostly due to cigarette smoke or smog
Dust Mite Bites – Dust Mite Allergy
When particles from the feces come into contact with the allergic person, either through inhalation or through skin, allergy-sufferers in the body start making antibodies. The antibodies cause the release of histamine and histamine causes problems in the airway and irritation.
Most common symptoms of dust mite allergy:
Itching and redness in the eyes
Itching in the nose and throat
If you’re one of the 7 million Canadians that suffer from allergies or allergic illnesses such as asthma or sinusitis you already know how miserable they can be.
What you may not know is that dust mite and pet allergen found indoors are one of the leading causes of allergic diseases. And people with relatively mild allergies can develop very serious, chronic and even life threatening illnesses if they continue to be exposed to these allergens.
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