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THEY'RE BACK! Yes they are. For years we would joke about and talk about the bed bug. And unfortunately, no person, place or thing is exempt from the experience of a bed bug niche.
They can hide almost anywhere, adults are flat about 3/16- to1/5-in. long, while eggs are white and about 1/32-in. long. A female can lay up to 10-12 eggs a day, hatching in 6 to 18 days. Bed bugs are nocturnal, hiding in fabric, wood, metal, paper, door frames, baseboards, electrical items, pictures, pleats, loosened wallpaper, cracks in plaster and moldings.
Cimex lectularius, or simply named the bed bug, can be highly tenacious. Unlike other insects that move away from you, this insect moves towards you to kindly ask you to be its host. Once agreed upon, whether you like it or not, they will begin their new home amongst warm blooded hosts. This could include pets, children, and adults. Once entrenched, they could complete their life cycle, from egg to adult in a very short period of time, then play dormant for up to 18 months.
There are many methods used to reduce and attempt to eliminate them; however, if ones source of bed bugs comes from another location, away from your home or business, then the bug can be reintroduced into your environments. It can be a taunting experience. Nonetheless, you must make every attempt to reduce this insect’s ability to survive and reintroduce itself.
Therefore, entering into agreement with a professional is a very important step in the process. The consumer must take responsibility to reduce promoting causes that will encourage and sustain the problem. See our hit list. Success to rid yourself is highly dependent upon the consumer following directions and implementing tasks that are out of the pest managers abilities.
We are serious about providing a comprehensive program to monitor, identify and service this very tenacious insect.
Call us at (650) 365-1900 and ask our staff what is necessary to begin your protection.
Bed bugs are making and unwelcomed comeback.
According to National Pest Management Association, there has been a resurgence of bed bugs (Cimex Lectularius) in the United States over the last two years. The Environmental Protection Agency held a Bed Bug Summit in April of 2009 in response to both public and industry concerns about the increase in bed bug infestations. And reports about bed bugs have been aired in every major news outlet and in newspapers across the country. Bed bugs are back.
Bed bugs are small, wingless insects that feed on blood from animals or people. Bed bugs get their name because they like to hide in bedding and mattresses, but bed bugs can live on luggage, clothing, carpets and just about any place where humans are regularly present. They are nocturnal and very hardy with the ability to live for months without a meal. They travel well, actively hitch hiking on clothes, luggage and furniture until they find a new source of food.
Bed bugs are small black or reddish insects, about a ¼ inch long, with a broad oval shape and small head. Before feeding, they are flat. After a meal of human or animal blood, they become swollen and elongated.
Most people become aware of bed bugs after they are bitten and the bite marks appear on their skin. Some people notice small blood stains on their bedding from where the bed bug bit them. They will typically feed on people's arms or shoulders, though any area of exposed skin can be a target. Bed bugs also can be detected by looking for their droppings – small, dark flecks left on sheets, floors, walls, furniture or clothes as the bed bugs are crawling to hiding spots.
They are often incorrectly associated with unclean conditions, but the truth is bed bugs can be found anywhere they find a reliable population of hosts (human or animal) and some cover to hide in while they are digesting or waiting for a host.
If you spot bed bugs or start noticing insect bites on your skin (often several bites in a straight line), call a pest control professional immediately. These are difficult insects to eradicate and most do-it-yourself measures will fall short of eliminating or controlling a population once they become established. Pest control companies will work to create an eradication plan that is right for your dwelling and your family.
No measure is foolproof, but take the following steps to reduce your chances of becoming a bed bug target.
Bed bugs and their feeding habitats have not been linked to nor have they been reported to cause any direct health problems for humans. But their droppings can trigger asthma attacks in susceptible individuals. Their bites are also quite itchy so treat that symptom, especially with children, so bite marks don't become infected from excess scratching. Bedbug bites can be painful especially if you suffer multiple bites as is common with an infestation. There can also be a strong unpleasant smell associated with bed bugs. The noxious odor comes from either high quantities of their fecal matter or from active scent glands present on some bed bug species.
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Cockroaches spread human disease by depositing disease organisms on food and utensils. The American cockroach, which comes into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings, may transmit bacteria that cause Salmonella and Shigella. German cockroaches are believed to be capable of transmitting disease-causing organisms such as Staphylococcus, hepatitis, and coliform bacteria. They also have been implicated in the spread of typhoid and dysentery.
Recent studies have found a strong association between the presence of cockroaches and increases in the severity of asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to cockroach allergens, especially children.
Detection and Treatement:
Cockroaches may become pests in homes, restaurants, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and virtually any structure that has food preparation or storage areas. These pests are common even in the cleanest of crowded urban areas and older dwellings. It's usually not difficult to discover an infestation, because they are often visible. Treatment usually involves sealing cracks and crevices to block entrance; keeping food and trash areas clean to avoid providing food; and the professional application of insecticide and bait on a regular basis. Click here for more info.
Rats, mice, squirrels and other rodents consume and contaminate food. They also gnaw on electrical wires, wooden structures, and tear insulation in walls and ceilings for nesting. Rodents can also transmit disease to humans, pets, and livestock. They have been found to transmit typhus, leptospirosis, trichinosis, and salmonellosis.
Detection and Treatement:
The presence of mice and rats is usually detected by the damage they cause to food and structures, by their droppings, and by their nests. Treatment involves eliminating all entry points and population reduction by the application of rodenticides and traps.
Ants cause various types of damage, depending upon the variety. Carpenter ants tunnel through wood, destroying structures. Pharaoh ants may transmit serious diseases. A fire ant's sting is potentially deadly to susceptible individuals, and all ants contaminate the food they infest.
Detection and Treatement:
Ants build massive colonies, so their presence is generally detected when you see their nests, or the ants themselves. Treatments involve baiting, insecticide, and sealing off entry to buildings.
Except for poisonous spiders, such as the black widow and the brown recluse, spiders are not harmful to humans. When it's important to control spiders, chemical control is used, along with destruction of webs and eggs. Since they feed on insects, measures that control unwanted insects will also reduce spider populations.
Biting and Stinging Pests
Bees, wasps and scorpions are dangerous because of their painful and potentially harmful stings.
Detection and Treatement:
Wasp nests and bee hives can be removed by professionals with protective gear. Insecticides are also used. Scorpion problems are usually treated chemically. Click here to learn more about other insects.
Subterranean termites are extremely destructive. First they build tunnels to wooden structures, and then they burrow into those structures to obtain food. Any wood or cellulose-containing material constitutes termite food, and given time to do so, they'll eat until nothing is left but a shell. Termites avoid light and air, so they build their colonies where you're not likely to stumble upon them.
Is it a termite or an ant?
On the off chance you do see them, remember that it's easy to confuse termites with ants. Fortunately, there are features that distinguish them.
Ants Termites narrow waists thick waists bent antennae straight antennae two sets of wings (one set is longer than the other) two sets of wings (both are the same size)
Pest Prevention: Steps You Can Take
Here are some ways you can help keep pests from disrupting your home.
Keeping them homeless
- Seal cracks and crevices where pests can get into your home.
- Get rid of stacks of newspaper, papers, bags, and cardboard boxes that make good homes for pests.
Keeping them hungry
- Keep a tight lid on trash cans and empty them often.
- Store food in tightly sealed containers.
- Wipe up spills and crumbs right away.
- Clean your dirty dishes right after eating.
- Pests thrive on moisture. Keep them from getting to water by fixing leaks and not leaving dish water in the sink overnight.