Hey there, I’m Mike Drewe, founder of this very informative website.
Bed bugs are annoying, distracting and can be very expensive to get rid of but eliminating from your life is easier than you think if you research the proper information and apply it.
Get started here with this guide that we put together for you. It’s a great place to start for anyone that has a bed bug problem that they just can’t seem to get rid of.
Allow me to destroy a few myths centered around bed bugs. There is wrong information floating throughout the internet:
This myth might create some controversy. They don’t bite, they suck. I guess you could think of them as vampires with a Ph.D. in anesthesiology. Bed bugs are equipped with a beak, and they use it to suck blood from their host. There are elements within a its’ saliva that act as an anesthetic; which is why you don’t wake up when it is feeding on you. They’re nocturnal, and they suck blood. Sounds like a vampire to me. This is the reason why we’re here to teach you how to get rid of bed bugs.
They reproduce at a slower rate than other insects. An adult female bed bug can produce on average one egg per day. It takes ten days for each egg to hatch. For the offspring to grow into an adult, it will take five to six weeks. Compares this to a house fly that will lay 500 eggs over a period of three to four days.
According to scientific evidence, at about 23 degrees Celsius, average room temperatures, bed bugs survival period without a blood meal, is about two to three months.
Although in colder climates, because bed bugs are cold-blooded, it slows their metabolism which gives these insects the ability to live up to a year without eating.
Yes. Bed bugs are nocturnal but when it comes to eating they’re like any other animal. It doesn’t matter if it’s night or day. If they get hungry, then they’ll find something to eat. Keeping the light on doesn’t have an effect on them.
Don’t be fooled by the name ‘bed bug’. They can be found in anything and anywhere. Places such as suitcases, trains, movie theaters, and houses. These annoying insects migrate away from beds into other areas and surfaces like chairs, railings, and ceilings.
They don’t discriminate; bed bugs are in houses, homeless shelters, and expensive high-end hotels. Their location is more about the ability of the population’s lack of money to exterminate them; than it is for the bed bugs preference to be there.
Unlike lice and ticks, that cling to hair or onto skin; bed bugs hate heat and will not connect to our clothes. It’s too close to our body heat. They would rather travel on shoes, backpacks, luggage or other articles that are far from our bodies.
There are no significant health risks from bed bugs, and there are no reported cases of bed bugs transmitting a disease to humans. Irritation, keeping you awake at night or an allergic reaction from the itching are the only things you can look forward to from these annoying insects.
DDT is a banned pesticide. It’s not coming back, and even if it were to, bed bugs are resistant to it. Pyrethroids, a pesticide, is what experts use against bed bugs today. It focuses on the sodium channels in bed bug cells.
Pesticide resistance has made it so that cans of spray from your hardware store will not work, nor will using only chemicals. Fumigation and heat treatments are the most efficient solutions, but they are the most expensive; ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 for each.