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Bedbug Problem In Minnesota

They are increasingly being encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, health care facilities, dormitories, shelters, schools, and modes of transport.  Other places where bed bugs sometimes appear include movie theaters, laundries/dry cleaners, furniture rental outlets and office buildings.  Immigration and international travel have undoubtedly contributed to the resurgence of bedbugs in the U.S. Changes in modern pest control practice — and less effective bed bug pesticides — are other factors suspected for the recurrence.

Bedbug cases have been on the rise across the world since the mid-1990s.  The rise in infestations has been hard to track because bed bugs are not an easily identifiable problem.  Most of the reports are collected from pest-control companies, local authorities, and hotel chains.  Therefore, the problem may be more severe than is currently believed.

Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with poor hygiene!  It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc) and infest your residence.  What’s worse is that they can live up to one year without drinking a drop of your blood.  Feeding takes about 10 to 15 minutes for adults and less for the nymphs; they feed about every three days. Depending on the conditions, bed bug nymphs can survive for months without feeding.

Bed bugs may in fact be the most challenging pest problem currently facing the pest control industry.  There are many pests that homeowners may decide to try and control on their own but bed bugs should not be one of them.  The bottom line is that bed bug work requires a highly trained professional.  It takes hard work, and follow-up efforts.  Once you notice a bed bug problem you should call a pest control professional today!

The Bed Bug Registry is a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20,000 reports covering 12,000 locations.

The Bed Bug Registry exists to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with bed bugs.  Though most Americans have still never come across one, these retro pests are spreading extremely quickly across American and Canadian cities.

Avoiding bed bug encounters will be the only reliable way to ensure they don’t spread into your own home.  If you are planning on traveling, it might be a good idea to check out any recent reports.  If you suspect you have a bed bug problem in your home, it is recommended you contact a Minnesota pest control expert as soon as possible

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Information about the Bed Bug Epidemic – BE SURE TO READ!

As if you needed something else to worry about, bedbugs, those pests from the old bedtime rhyme are making a comeback.  More of a nuisance than a health hazard, they are showing up to suck blood from people in hotels, college dorms, clothing stores and hospitals.

A bit of information that you might like to know about.  We have friends here in our community and one of their sons is an entomologist (insect expert), and has been telling them that there is an epidemic of bed bugs now occurring in America.  Recently I have heard on the news that several stores in NYC have had to close due to bed bug problems, as well as a complete mall in New Jersey.

He says that since much of our clothing, sheets, towels, etc. now comes from companies outside of America, (sad but true), even the most expensive stores sell foreign clothing from China, Indonesia, etc.  The bedbugs are coming in on the clothing, as these countries do not consider them a problem.  It is recommended that if you buy any new clothing, even underwear and socks, sheets, towels, etc. that you bring them into the house and put them in your clothes dryer for at least 20 minutes.  The heat will kill them and their eggs.  DO NOT PURCHASE CLOTHES AND HANG THEM IN THE CLOSET FIRST.  It does not matter what the price range is of the clothing, or if the outfit comes from the most expensive store known in the U.S.  They still get shipments from these countries and the bugs can come in a box of scarves or anything else for that matter.  That is the reason why so many stores, many of them clothing stores have had to shut down in NYC and other places.   All you need is to bring one item into the house that has bugs or eggs and you will go to hell and back trying to get rid of them.  He travels all over the country as an advisor to many of these stores, as prevention and after they have the problem.

Send this information on to those on your e-mail list so that this good prevention information gets around quickly.

 

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Bedbug Infestation

The greatest risk for encountering bed bugs appears to be while people are traveling.  Regardless of the type of accommodations you stay at, it is a good precaution to check your room.  Please refer to the section “How can I detect an infestation?” and check around the headboard and adjacent area of the bed.  Also inspect luggage stands or other areas where suitcases are typically set down.  Be aware of any unexplained bites you may find in the morning; that could be the result of bed bugs.  Also watch for fecal spots, which could occur on bed sheets or nearby areas.  Inspect your luggage when you get home after a trip for any bed bugs that may have escaped your earlier attention.

Other sources may be associated with the scavenging of used furniture.  Residents and tenants are strongly cautioned against “scavenging” beds and furniture that have seemingly been discarded and left by the curb for disposal, or behind places of business.  Bed bug infestations are not limited to beds and mattresses, and they can be found on tables, drawers, and even electronics if these items were located in a bedroom or other place that could support an infestation.

Control of bedbugs requires a very thorough process of identification & inspection and follow-up methods including regular inspections for new infestations.  Once you notice a bed bug problem you should call your local pest management company.

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Bite Back Against Bedbugs

Bedbug Treatment in Minnesota

As if you needed something else to worry about, bedbugs, those pests from the old bedtime rhyme are making a comeback.  More of a nuisance than a health hazard, they’re showing up to suck blood from people in hotels, college dorms, and hospitals.  Take an informative look at bedbugs: what they are, where they lurk, and how to spot them before they get you.

Know the Enemy

Adult Bedbug | bedbug at actual size, and magnified for a closer look

Bedbugs are small, flat, wingless insects with six legs that, like mosquitoes, feed on blood from animals or people.  They range in color from almost white to brown, but they turn rusty red after feeding.  The common bedbug doesn’t grow much longer than 0.2 inches (0.5 centimeters) and can be seen by the naked eye to the astute observer.   Bedbugs get their name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses.

Am I at Risk for Infestation?

Bedbugs are most often found in hotels, hostels, shelters, and apartment complexes where lots of people come and go.  Because bedbugs hide in small crevices, they can hitch a ride into your home on luggage, pets, furniture, clothing, boxes, and other objects.  Bedbugs are found worldwide, but are most common in developing countries.  Once rare in North America, they may be on the rise due, in part, to increases in international travel.

Feeding Habits

These nocturnal creatures can hide in beds, floors, furniture, wood, and paper trash during the day.  We humans usually become their dinner during the night, with peak biting activity just before dawn.  They can obtain their meal in as little as three minutes, after which they are engorged and drop off the host, then crawl into a hiding place to digest their meal.  Bedbugs can live for 10 months, and can go weeks without feeding.  Bedbugs feed while you sleep, with peak biting activity just before dawn.

Signs and Symptoms of Bedbug Bites

Amazingly, these sneaky little bloodsuckers dine on you without waking you. You don’t feel their stealthy bite because they inject a numbing agent into your body, along with an anticoagulant to keep your blood flowing as they suck.  The first sign of bedbugs may be itchy, red bites on the skin, usually on the arms or shoulders.  Bedbugs tend to leave straight rows of bites.

Do Bedbugs Transmit Diseases? 

An adult bedbug ingesting a meal from a human

Bedbugs are more of a nuisance than a health hazard.  In a recent study, researchers reviewed 53 recent studies on bedbugs and their health and medical effects.  The results showed that although bedbugs have been blamed for the spread of up to 40 different human diseases, there is little evidence to suggest they are carriers of human disease.

Bedbug or Imposter?

Don’t assume your bites are bedbugs. Bites can be hard to identify, even for doctors.  Rule out mosquitoes, fleas, mites, and biting gnats by conducting a visual inspection.  It’s best to collect and identify bedbugs to confirm bites.  Look for the bugs themselves or their bloodstains, especially along the seams of mattresses.  Further, look for dark spots of insect waste where bedbugs might crawl into hiding places on furniture, walls, and floors.

Bite Back Against Bedbugs 

Check for bedbugs along the seams of mattresses

Get rid of infested mattresses and box springs or cover them with a plastic mattress bag to trap the bugs. Wash clothes and bedding in hot water, and dry on high heat.  Clean furniture and vacuum cracks in wood floors and doors where bugs may hide.  Shake out suitcases.  Use an insecticide in the cracks of floors or bed frames, but read the label; do not apply to areas that come in direct contact with skin.  If you still can’t get rid of them, call an exterminator.  Wash clothes and bedding in hot, soapy water to kill bedbugs and their larvae.

If you are concerned about bed bugs becoming a problem in your home, it is recommended that you contact a professional pest control company as soon as possible for inspection and control measures.

Source: WebMD

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Minnesota has 101 bug reports

Bed bugs are easy to transport in luggage and very hard to get rid of.  For this reason, they have become an especial nuisance for hotels, dorms, hospitals, movie theaters, libraries, and other public spaces.  You can’t tell whether a building or hotel room has them based on cleanliness – the bugs can thrive anywhere there are cracks and crevices to hide in.

The Bed Bug Registry is a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20,000 reports covering 12,000 locations.

The Bed Bug Registry exists to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with bed bugs.  Though most Americans have still never come across one, these retro pests are spreading extremely quickly across American and Canadian cities.

Avoiding bed bug encounters will be the only reliable way to ensure they don’t spread into your own home.  If you are planning on traveling, it might be a good idea to check out any recent reports.  If you suspect you have a bed bug problem in your home, it is recommended you contact a Minnesota pest control expert as soon as possible!

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