Frequently Asked Questions About Bed Bugs in Georgia
1. Can Bed Bugs Spread Diseases?
Bed bugs don’t pose as high a medical risk such as fleas for example. Their medical implication is more the irritation their bites can effect on human skin. Bedbugs are a rather unique pest in that normal pest control methods can be ineffectual so a specialist understanding of their life cycle and habits is essential in the elimination of bedbugs.
2. What Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood by piercing the skin. They usually seek out blood meals at night. They do not live on humans and do not burrow into the skin. Bed bugs are very mobile, but only move short distances to feed, so are commonly found near food (blood) sources i.e. human skin. Their appearance is small with a dark, rusty colour and quite often the bites are confused with fleas however there are differences between the two.
3. What are the habits of bed bugs?
Bed bugs tend to be nocturnal creatures that hide during the day and come out to feed at night. Their hiding places tend to be small cracks and crevices such as:
• bedside furniture
• bed frames
• in picture frames
• behind wall paper
• in cracks and crevices or other areas of a room that will provide them with protection, such as edges of rugs, behind skirting boards, in wooden slats or springs of a bed and between wooden floor boards.
When they come to feed off their host (humans) the feeding time is generally three to five minutes and usually goes unnoticed by the victim. Bed bugs can spread to adjoining rooms not so much by crawling, but by being transported by human movement.
4. What are the signs of bed bug infestation?
Aside from the obvious visual sighting of bed bugs on, or under mattresses, there are other signs that show the presence of bed bugs in your home:
• Blood spotting on bedding as well as furniture and skirting boards
• Skin welts and irritation caused by the bites
• Dark spots of bed bug excrement or shedded skin
• Sweet musty smell is sometimes present
With regard to bed bug bites, as was mentioned earlier, these do not lead to transmission of any disease or present any great health threat . . . they tend to be more of an irritation to the skin of the victim where skin reaction may include redness, swelling and wheals up to 2cm in size and an itching or burning sensation. Humans tend to be bitten on the arms and shoulders in distinct lines. Having said this, it’s also worth noting that some people may not show any reaction at all to bed bug bites.
Why would I need a bed bug K9?
We get lots of calls from people that are unsure about whether there are Bed Bugs present. Over time, if they are present you will eventually see them or their evidence.However our Sensor Dogs can find them in the beginning stages and pinpoints their location. This reduces unnecessary treatments because a large percentage of these consumers do not have Bed Bugs.
They are extremely helpful in managing Bed Bugs in a Senior Living or Multi-Unit Property. A Non-Invasive Inspection, Efficient, Accurate!