Tri-County Pest Control Q&A: Bed Bugs

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Hi everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of a” Tri-County Pest Control Q&A”. This time around, we’re exploring Bed Bugs. While  many of you have probably heard of them before, and may in fact experienced them in person, we wanted to delve deeper into their habits and discuss their eradication as well.

How did Bed Bugs get their name? Bed Bugs, technically known as Cimex lectularius, are exceptionally lazy insects. They aim to hide as close to their “host (you!)” as possible so they don’t have to travel very far for a meal. This means that they are usually found in and around mattresses, box springs, and other bedding.

What do Bed Bugs eat? Bed bugs are strictly hematophagic, a fancy word meaning that they feed on solely on mammalian and avian blood. Bites from Bed Bugs can result in rashes, a rise in allergic symptoms, as well as having a psychological effect on their prey.

How do Bed Bugs ‘travel’? They can brought in from another infested home, hotel or other dwelling through luggage, clothing, used furniture or other items such as backpacks.

How long have Bed Bugs been a known pest to humans? While Bed Bugs have been around for thousands of years, they were all but eradicated until the mid-1990’s, when they smartened up to pesticides.

How can Bed Bugs be eradicated? There are different approaches to ridding a dwelling of Bed bugs, from chemical treatment to vacuuming. Tri-County employs the most cutting edge treatments, like Thermal Remediation, to eliminate bed bugs. We also have two dogs on staff that are trained to pinpoint Bed Bug infestations.

If you are worried you may have a Bed Bug problem, don’t hesitate in calling us. We’ll have one of our techs out quickly to get rid of them!

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