Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood. They are primarily active at night, but can feed any time. Beds provide snug hiding places and easy access to humans at rest. Bed bugs are frequently found in bedding, mattresses, boxsprings, headboards, and floorboards near beds. They also travel as stowaways in luggage, clothing, books, and electronics.
Although bed bugs can be virtually anywhere, they are difficult to detect. Immature bed bugs are as tiny as a poppy seed. Adult bed bugs only attain the size of an apple seed. Eggs are all but invisible at the size of a couple grains of salt.
Unlike mosquito bites that generate a stinging sensation when inflicted, bed bug bites are not felt in the moment. Bed bugs inject a numbing saliva that prevents the painful sensation normally caused by a bug bite. This numbing agent sometimes triggers an allergic reaction that produces red, itchy welts. The welts can appear anywhere from a few hours to a day after the bite. This delay makes pinpointing the exact location of bugs more challenging. Further, not everyone will have an allergic reaction to bed bugs. This allows bed bugs to escape detection, thrive, and spread to others.
Nearly eradicated in the 1950s, bed bugs have made a powerful comeback. Fortified by built up resistance to pesticides/governmental bans on effective chemicals and mobilized by advancements in transportation, a new army of bed bugs has emerged to wage a covert attack on a peaceful night's sleep. Ohio is at the center of the resurgence. Terminix's most recent list of Top Bed Bug Cities places 5 Ohio cities in the top 15. Columbus holds the number 7 rank.
Thankfully, bed bugs are not known to transfer disease to humans. Yet, the physical and psychological damage they inflict is no less troublesome. Elusive, transient, and predatory, bed bugs have certainly earned every shudder they send down your spine.
Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Efforts to correct an infestation fail when the right areas are not treated and the appropriate methods/professionals are not employed. Over-the-counter bug bombs expand the scope of an infestation by sending bugs scattering without actually killing them. These attempts are also ineffective to eradicate eggs. At best, these self-help methods will serve only to orphan the next generation of bloodsuckers.
Success relies upon (1) locating the exact areas of infestation and (2) working with an experienced pest control company to target those areas. Canine bed bug detection is the best way to tackle the first step. Scent detection dogs will alert to the presence of odor from live bed bugs or viable eggs. According to research conducted by the University of Florida, bed bug dogs certified by the NESDCA are 97% accurate, as compared to the 30%-40% accuracy of human inspectors.
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