BedBugs

If you have never had bedbugs you might think that they are just part of a cute saying before you put kids to bed for the night, but once you have seen the real thing, you soon realise the nightmare it can be to get rid of them.

Cimex lectularius otherwise known as the Bed Bug is a common problem, if there is one word I would use to describe them, it’s hitchhikers.  they usually live in very small cracks and crevices within 10 ft of its primary food source, humans, and comes out when higher levels of carbon dioxide from breathing, heat from a warm body, or other cues, alert it that’s it’s feeding time. Bedbugs are quite small but still very visible, a fully grown bedbug is about the size of an apple seed, and can hide in seams, inside electronics, behind wallpaper and switch plates, and are very commonly found in headboards, boxsprings, and mattresses. They can go months on end without eating when food is not available, and therefore hitchhike in clothing, luggage,  and used furniture very well without dieing. A female bedbug can lay up to 5 eggs every day, making this pest able to spread and increase it’s population.

Although bedbugs have started to develop resistance to some pesticides we are lucky that this nuisance pest has a very exploitable weakness, Heat. At 115 degrees Bedbugs and their eggs will die.  Heating a home, down to every nook and cranny,  this hot can be difficult, is an effective way to be rid of bedbugs.  Thermal remediation for bedbugs should be performed by a qualified professional, and can be supplemented with pesticides to be double sure you can sleep tight.

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