· Over the last 50 years, North Americans have lived more or less bedbug free. That is no longer the situation. Typically, when a business or individual has a problem with a pest-they call a pest management professional (PMP) to solve the issue. That is not necessarily the case with bedbugs. All bugs must be found and killed by every available means!·
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Bedbugs are small cryptobiotic parasites that feed on human blood. They have a hidden lifestyle and are sneaky, crawling into tiny cracks and crevices during daylight and usually attack their sleeping victim during early morning hours.
· These creepers crawl freely on most surfaces, navigate upside down, and can easily fall onto your bed from the ceiling. They are expert hitchhikers catching rides inside purses, shoes, luggage, clothes and shopping bags.
Their resiliency is evident as they set up camp in new locations, sometimes going up to a year without feeding. These parasites are showing up in college dorms, nursing homes, day care centers, libraries, funeral homes and even movie theaters. The hospitality industry is keenly aware of the pandemic that is spreading across the globe facilitated by international travel. These critters are not discriminating by nature as they are attracted to both clean and dirty or cluttered surroundings--as long as they can find a crack or crevice to hide.
There is no low budget way to eliminate bed bugs, it is a multiple step process regardless of approach.
Bedbugs undergo a gradual metamorphosis with the young resembling adults. The juveniles are called nymphs. Under ideal conditions the bugs feed regularly when temperatures are above 70 F (21 C). Eggs hatch in 6 to 17 days though in cooler weather could take up to 28 days. Nymphs feed as soon as they find a host. Each feeding lasts 3 to 10 minutes. After each feeding, they will molt and grow in size. This molting and new stage of the larva occurs 5 times as depicted above. This cycle can be completed in about 6 weeks. The population of bedbugs appears to be doubling every year!
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