Bed Bug Experiences

Bed Bug Control, first hand experience

First hand on bed bug experience

Ever heard the saying, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” before you went to bed? If you are like most people, the answer is probably a quick yes. Furthermore, if you have been paying attention to the news in recent years, you have probably noticed quite a few stories about bed bugs. Bed bugs are nasty little critters that have six legs, hide during the day, and drink your blood at night. The typical bed bug is reddish- brown insect that grows to be about 0.2 inches big. When they bite you, bed bugs inject you with an anticoagulant so the the blood keeps flowing as they drink. This anticoagulant also contains a numbing agent so that the bed bug victim does not feel it while the bed bug attacks.

While bed bugs are not known to spread disease to humans, they can act as a host carrier and transfer Hepatitis B as well as Chagas’ disease. Bed bug bites typically affect only the surface of your skin, and are quite itchy and red. Even if you do not contract a disease from any of the bed bug bites you may have endured, they are nasty little welts that you can usually treat yourself. However, if you have an excessive amount of bed bug bites, you will definitely want to see your doctor. You will also want to check with your doctor if you feel that you are having an allergic reaction.

The risks of bed bug experience

There are several risk factors which can increase your chances of experiencing and attack. These factors include the climate, the type of housing you have, and if you live with pets, which are excellent bed bug carriers. Bed bugs typically thrive in tropical areas, but can be found all over the world. Bed bugs often travel from climate to climate when they attach themselves to the luggage of travelers. Bed bugs are also the happiest in apartments and homeless shelters, which have a higher turnover than houses and other types of living quarters.

When traveling, it is important to keep an eye out for bed bug infestations when staying at even the nicest hotels. You may remember a story in the news back in 2006 in which a woman sued a hotel after she suffered more than 500 bed bug bites. Leslie Fox, a Chicago woman, sued the Nevele Hotel in Ellenville, New York for more than $20 million after she claims that she was practically eaten alive during her four nights at the hotel. Fox’s experience is not the only bed bug outbreak in the United States in recent years, as several outbreaks have been documented in New York alone.

Bed bug experience in the news

In late 2007, there was another bed bug epidemic in New York City, which affected a Park Avenue penthouse, a Central Park West duplex (a $25 million duplex!), a theatre on Broadway, and even an artist’s colony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With bed bugs, there is no social separation and they certainly don’t care if you are rich or poor, clean or unkempt. As long as you have blood, they will drink it. In 2007, New York City experienced more than 6,800 infestation complaints and thousands of building owners were hit with summonses.

One of the most recent instances of bed bugs in the news was literally in the news – Fox News that is. In March 2008 it was reported that the Midtown Manhattan newsroom maintained by Fox News had become infested with bed bugs. Although it did take several weeks, sources at the newsroom have shared with the public that Fox News is now bed bug free!

The after math of bed bug experience.

Aside from bites on the skin in the morning, there are other signs that you may have a bed bug infestation in your home. You should keep a lookout for small bloodstains on sheets and mattresses, which result from the bed bug bites. Also, you may see specks of blood behind wallpaper and other areas where the bed bugs may congregate. You should also look for insect excrement where the bed bugs may hide. Lastly, bed bugs secrete an oil that has an intense sweet odor. If you think you might have a bed bug infestation in your home, you will definitely need to have your home inspected either by you or a professional. It is important to remember that bed bugs are active only at night, so during the day it may be a little more difficult for you to locate them, so it may be beneficial to do the search at night. When you do inspect your home, be sure to check in mattresses, furniture, bedding, and the crevices of walls. It is from these areas that the bed bugs will emerge at night to feast on your blood as you sleep and relax. Waking up in the morning with small bites all over your body is a sure sign you may have a bed bug infestation.


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Date: Monday, 4. January 2010 12:31
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    i live in az.i hav bedbugs in my appt.i got rid of beds.have seen them in daughter was ate up alive.i have had pest control in twice.they say it is treated but since then have seen more.i went to do it yourself pest control and bought aerosol spray and sprayed once every week for last three weeks for a total of 5 weeks.we have been airing up air mattress all this time.i want to know how long i have to do this?when can i bring a bed back into my i need to throw away my couch.(have heard yes and no)it is costing me alot of money and stress.i don’t have kids or grand kids over.some are scared.please someone help.i even heated appt.up for 4 hours.desperate in az!!

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    When your exterminator said it was treated, did he say the treatment was completely done? From my knowledge, bed bug extermination usually takes more than just 2 visits and needs to go on for at least a year. If you inspect your couch and it is heavily infested, it might be best to just throw it out. At this point, I think you should talk to your exterminator and demand that they do the job properly, if they have already stopped. There is no way bed bug treatment can be shorter than one year because bed bugs can go up to a year without feeding. If your exterminator can’t do anything, you can purchase one of the kits we have available online and try your hand at that. However, fully getting rid of bed bugs will require much patience. Like I said, treatment will need to last and continue for at least a year to fully get rid of the bugs. Let me know if you have any other concerns. I really hope your exterminator finishes the job though!

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    Michelle, buy bed bug approved cases (can be purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond) for you rmattresses & box springs. Put all your clothing through a hot dryer and pack it in sealed plastic bags. Unfortunately over the counter sprays often do not work because bed bugs have evolved to be resistant to them. Effective treatment will require a combination of chemical and non-chemical treatments, most effectively performed by a pest control specialist. You can help them by vacuuming and keeping areas in infested rooms free of clutter. Even if you get rid of your couch, they can still live in cracks & crevices in your walls, under baseboards and in other furniture. Getting rid of stuff may reduce the population, but likely won’t eliminate them. In a single family home, it should not take a year to get rid of them. I have read on average it can take a few months, but every situation is different. The problem is you live in an apartment. If you have not notified your landlord, you need to ASAP. They can move from unit to unit in apartments, so even if your pest control specialist kills the ones present in your unit, they can come back from another unit. A good landlord will pay for the treatment and make sure the entire building is inspected and treated. It’s the only way to get rid of them. If your landlord is unwilling to resolve the problem, I would advise you to move, when you are able. To be sure not to take them with you, I would leave the furniture and make sure everything you take has been ran through a hot dryer and sealed in plastic. Anything that can not go through the dryer must be treated somehow. If it is hot enough, you can put items in a sealed black garbage bag and let them sit in the sun all day. As long as the temp. is 90 or so degrees, the temp inside the bag should reach the required 120 degrees that will kill the bugs. One final note, there is no chemical out there that will kill the eggs. The only way to kill them is to cook them before they can hatch, so heat is key. Good Luck!

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    Hi Sarah,
    Wow, you’ve really done your research! More people need to research as extensively as you do! However, there are some fallacies I would like to point out.
    1) Bed bugs actually do take a year to get rid of because they can survive for that long without feeding. In fact, numerous exterminators will only guarantee that you will be bed bug free for a few months, not a year. Now, that’s not to say that you need an exterminator to come in for an entire year. It means that you need to stay on alert and keep applying at the very least a residual spray as needed to make sure that any bed bug that managed to survive is killed off and also to make sure that if the survivors reproduce, they will be unable to spread as quickly because you kept up treatment. You also need to keep mattress and box spring encasements on for a year for this matter. It’s because people think that bed bugs will completely disappear in a few months that many end up becoming reinfested later on.
    2) I would not advise you move out until you at least reduce the bed bug population to tolerable numbers. If you leave while you are heavily infested, you will most likely bring at least one bed bug over to your new home. I also highly doubt that you can afford to toss all your furniture aside and leave it behind.
    3) Mother Nature is not a reliable bed bug killer. Temperatures fluctuate and weather changes, so depending on the sun to kill off every bed bug in a plastic bag is risky. In that situation, it would be better to use Nuvan ProStrips or a steamer.
    Like Sarah said, good luck! But don’t believe everything you read on the internet!

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