The Truth About Bedbugs In Tucson

Truth About Bed Bugs Tucson

Small insect pests aren’t as common in arid Tucson as they are in more humid environs. Our insects tend to be bigger and scarier.

Bed Bugs

Heck, even our cockroaches have attitude. It’s all part of the desert experience. Despite this general tendency, though, Tucson does have a serious bedbug problem.

Up until the early 2000s, bedbugs weren’t really an issue in developed nations. Since then, Tucson has been seeing a steadily growing population of cimex lectularius, the Common Bedbug. The other common bedbug species, cimex hemipterus lives only in tropical climates. Here are a few things you should know about the common bedbug, whether or not you have an infestation (yet)

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  • The Common Bedbug is flat, round, reddish-brown (the color of the blood it eats) and about ¼ inch long.
  • Their narrow body makes it easy for them to hide in wrinkles, seams and folds. Not seeing bedbugs does not mean you don’t have a bedbug problem.
  • Bedbugs of all species can survive for months without food. Bagging up all your linens for a few weeks (the common response to a lice infestation) will not end an infestation.
  • One bedbug female can produce more than 200 young during a single reproductive cycle.
  • Bedbugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. They do this by inserting a sharp, beak-like proboscis like a mosquito. They feed for up to 10 minutes, until they become engorged. This meal will last them for up to 10 days.
  • Bedbug bites are red, itchy and unsightly. They usually appear on the face, neck, arms and hands, and are the surest way to tell if you have a bedbug infestation.
  • Bedbug bites don’t usually pose a serious medical threat like those from venomous spiders, but can cause an uncomfortable allergic response in some people. They can also cause sleep problems, as the bites can wake you up.
  • A bedbug will nest up to 100 feet from its food source, but most stay within 8 feet.
  • If you see a bedbug, you might mistake it for a flea — especially if you have pets. Watch the insect carefully. If it never jumps, it’s a bedbug. Bedbugs can’t jump.
  • Bedbugs aren’t always nocturnal, but most species feed during the night while their victims are asleep.
  • Although they’re called “bedbugs,” they are perfectly happy living in clothes, linen closets and other areas where laundry folds can conceal them and bring them in frequent contact with human blood.
  • Bedbugs are drawn by the carbon dioxide mammals exhale (they can smell it), but also to warm, moist areas. Policing leaks and drips in your home can help prevent an infestation.

As of 2013, research by the CDC has found that strains of cimex lectularius in the American Southwest have evolved ways to resist common insecticides. That means you need serious professionals with serious, professional equipment, to combat a bedbug problem if you have one. Call today for rapid response and a competitive quote.

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