The House Pest Called Bed Bugs
Insects are quite amazing animals and very few species are given the credit that they deserve for sanitizing our planet and acting as food for more conventionally beautiful creatures like birds, However, there are also insects, the existence of which is difficult to be happy about. One such insect is the household pest called bed bugs.
I cannot imagine that the lowly bed bug has a friend in the world other that its fellow bed bugs. Bed bugs tend to live in bedrooms, near their normal prey, so they do not have natural enemies except millipedes, but not many bedrooms contain enough millipedes to reduce a population of bed bugs.
In fact, most people would become just as anxious if their bedroom did have hundreds of millipedes as they would be about bed bugs. So, bedbugs tend to just increasein number at an alarming speed as there is nothing to keep their numbers in check.
The bedbug is officially called Cimex lectularius. It is a small, reddish brown, wingless insect that can run very fast. You may see a small beetle the size, colour and shape of an apple pip running very quickly in the shadows tight to the skirting boards. These are bedbugs.
On the way out to dine, it will move quickly, but on the way back it will be slower becauseit will be gorged with your blood. They find their prey by following exhaled breath and after they arrive, they releasepheromones to tell their mates that there is food on the table or on the bed at least.
Thesehousehold pests live quite near their regular source of food, which means near a bed in a bedroom. They might live in the mattress if it is tattered, in crevices of the bed frame or near-by furniture or behind loose skintings.
Furthermore, they can live fairly happily in furniture or between the pagesof books and magazines.. Broken plaster or curling wallpaper are also favourite hiding places. This is a real difficulty because they will get their heads down almost anywhere, even in a recessedscrew hole.
They tend to sleep during the hours of daylight and most of the night too, but they are most lively an hour before dawn when they come out if they want to feed. They can last for months without feeding, so if you are being bitten regularly then you know that you have lots of bed bugs in your home.
If you have an infestation, you should know about it becauseof the itchy bites and marks, but you may also see marks of them on your bed sheets. If you see red or brown streaks on your sheets, you almost certainly do have them. The red marks are your blood and the brown marks are faecesor your digested blood. You might also see discarded skins as they moult.
Bed bugs are very difficult to be rid of, so if you would like to do it yourself, find out how to go about it. Spraying insecticide will not do it or call in the contractors.
Owen Jones,the writer of this piece, writes on lots of subjects, but is currently concerned with Bed Bugs Treatment. If you want to know more, visit our website now at Pest Management at Home.
Published on Nov 5, 2011
Insects are fairly amazing animals and very few species are given the credit that they deserve for sanitizing our planet and acting as food...