Bed Bug Control Tucson

Bed Bug Control Tucson

Remember the old phrase, “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” Bed Bugs having been biting and feeding upon humans since the dawn of time. Early writings indicate Bed Bugs have been prevalent during the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman empires. In the United States Bed Bugs were a prevalent pest until the development of modern synthetic insecticides during World War II. This pest was thought to be virtually eradicated due to the use of modern pesticides, but within the last decade we have seen a resurgence of Bed Bugs resistant to synthetic insecticides across the United States including Tucson.

Bed Bug Control Tucson Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bug Bites

This resurgence has caught many Tucson pest professionals off guard and scrambling to find solutions to help the consumer. Pest Control professionals have had to adapt to this pest resurgence by switching to more modern insecticide formulations and integrating new Pest Control tactics for Bed Bug Control Tucson. These tactics include comprehensive inspections, physical vacuuming of Bed Bugs, steam treatments, alternative heat treatments, and new modern insecticidal formulations.

It is important to realize is that Bed Bugs are not associated with filth like Cockroaches. Cockroaches typically feed on filth and debris, but bed bugs feed on our blood when we are asleep (yuck). Bed Bug infestations are most common in hotels and multi-unit housing, but can easily spread to homes after travel or visiting friends. Bed Bugs are highly transient hitching rides on luggage, furniture and personal belongings.

The end result is that if you are experiencing some unexplained bites or notice small blood spots on the sheet you should consult a local pest management professional. Inspections are free and detailed treatment plans are available. Below is a Bed Bug description and typical behavior to help you determine if you may have a Bed Bug problem.

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Adults are 1/4” to 5/8” long and up to 1/8” wide. They are a reddish-brown mahogany color and their bodies are flattened and oval shaped. Although the bugs are covered with tiny hairs, they appear shiny when seen. Bed Bugs have piercing-sucking mouth parts to pierce our skin and feed upon people.

A host, harborage, and warmth are the Bed Bugs primary need. They prefer to feed in dark conditions, usually in the night time hours. Because of their flattened bodies, they are extremely good at hiding in small cracks and crevices. Common harborages include, but are not limited to folds and tufts of mattresses, coils of springs, posts of bedsteads, and upholstery of chairs and sofas. Harborage areas will expand with heavier infestations. Signs of infestations include their fecal matter, eggs, and skin castes. The Bed Bug’s bite is painless and can last up to 15 minutes. Skin irritations from bites are caused by a reaction to the Bed Bug saliva.

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