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Bed bugs are small wingless insects that feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded animals, including humans. Bed bugs have evolved as nest parasites. Certain kinds inhabit bird nests and bat roosts and await the return of their hosts; others have adapted well to living in the ‘nests’ (homes) of people. Bed bugs seek out people and animals, generally at night while these hosts are asleep, and painlessly sip a few drops of blood. Repeated exposures to bed bug bites during a period of several weeks or more causes people to become sensitized to the saliva of these bugs; additional bites may then result in mild to intense allergic responses. Hatchling bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed, and adults are about 1/4 of an inch in length. Looking from above they are an oval in shape, but are flattened from top to bottom when viewing them from the side. Their color ranges from nearly white (just after molting) or a light tan to a deep brown or burnt orange. The host’s blood may appear as a dark red or black mass within the bug’s body.
Because bed bugs readily hide in small crevices, they may accompany (as stowaways) luggage, furniture, clothing, pillows, boxes, and other such objects when these are moved between apartments, homes and hotels. Used furniture, particularly bed frames and mattresses, are of greatest risk of harboring bed bugs and their eggs. Bed bugs can wander between houses through voids in walls and holes though which wires and pipes pass.
Bed bug treatments are incredibly labour intensive and these are usually spread over 3 visits to allow us to obtain complete control of the population. A full site survey will allow us to understand the extent of the infestation and how to obtain effective control. Using the most advanced fumigation techniques our treatments are constantly evolving, these include crack and crevice application and residual sprays.