Biting Bugs: How Do I Get Rid of Them?

No matter how clean a house seems or how regularly the house is being swept and treated, there can never be any assurance that your home is safe from bugs, mites and other pests.

The common complaint heard from eco-friendly homes or houses that uses a lot of wood is that termites and their young suddenly emerge out of nowhere after some years of establishing their home. Other pests like bed bugs, dust mites and fleas also come rushing in without the owners knowing where they simply pop out from.

One might experience intense itching and pin pricking bites while sitting in a warm, cozy corner in one afternoon. There are no mosquitoes around or any visible insects about the place that might have caused the bites. Usually with this kind of experience, most people conclude that there are bed bugs and ticks in the sofa or in that corner of the house.  They immediately call for the Pest Control Department who will spray just to give the service the customer demands without having to find out what type of pest causes the bites.  This practice is in fact considered illegal by law and no pesticide should be sprayed without the correct diagnostics and identification of the infestation (if there even is one).

Best thing to do in these types of scenarios is to first seek what bug exactly bites. It seems pretty complex, especially when there are no visible traces of what parasites are trying to pinch your skin every time you linger in that part of the house.

First thing to do is to utilize glue traps. Make sure the traps are placed in various places around the house. Some places will be under and behind furniture like the couch or bookshelf. Even places like by the door or on the window sill will help you catch anything that is coming inside. If there is a major pest infestation, you will definitely be able to see what it is by catching them on the glue boards. Basically, one can discover that there are more pests found in the home than they could have imagined. This practice should continue for a week or so and by then it would be real easy to identify what sort of pest has infested a home, if there are any pests.

Other than putting traps, another basic thing to do is to go check the bites. They might be caused due to allergy, rashes or any illnesses in the body and has nothing to do with the crawlers in the house.  The tricky outcome that could happen if the owner rushes immediately to the Pest Controller is that they might complain how come the biters are still active in biting after having treated a house with anti pest control.  Thus, it is best to double check and makes confirmations before jumping into conclusions getting the wrong type of crawlers that would destroy the peace in your home.

I say this because there are actually a number of reasons why a person will feel like they are being attacked by bugs, when in actuality, it is not a pest problem. Some of these problems can be seasonal allergies, medications they might be using at that time, an illness, a reaction to an environmental contamination, or even drug use. There is even a medical condition called Delusory Parasitosis that will occur after a person has previously experienced a parasitic infestation from fleas, bed bugs, mites, and etc. They may experience the same symptoms of biting that are similar to the symptoms from a previous infestation when they actually no longer have an infestation to deal with. All these things are some ideas that come to mind, of course, don’t accuse your customer of any of these things. Your job is to identify and treat.

You may actually be able to conclude that there is a parasitic arthropod or an insect infestation. In dealing with these small biters, home owners and technicians must have a keen eye to observe what type of insects get stuck on the glue traps and where they thrive.  Always check, perhaps the window sill or the carpet in the living room or the rug near the front door or the basement.  Usually the basement and the carpets are prone to have those parasites which bite which is why it is best to regularly clean and vacuum the place mentioned. If the pest can be identified, it is also wise to become familiar with the biology of the pest and have an integrated approach in eliminating the pest.

The best resort when dealing with a series of “bites” is to determine what and where they come from. Pet owners must also mark the places in the house where their pets usually rest and curl up. It is possible that fleas, ticks or other bugs might have fallen and started reproducing in those corners.  Once they have identified what type of bugs have been attacking the house, next is to find the appropriate surface cleaning solution. In general, one must be able to clearly identify what these biters are before jumping to any conclusion or any commitment in making treatment for the house. For more information, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-788-4142.

Date: Tuesday, 28. February 2012 11:36
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