Bedbugs

Once a common pest worldwide, a decline was seen during the past century mainly due to good sanitary practices and effective insecticides. A noticeable reoccurrence has been recently documented. Two main species exist, Cimex Lectularius and Cimex Hemipterus.

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Landlord-Tenant Issues
Bedbugs

Are bedbugs a landlords responsibility?

Depending on the city or state that you live in will depend on the level of responsibility that the landlord has regarding bed bugs. Some states require the landlord prove that the unit is bed bug free others will ask the tenant if they have lived anywhere with bed bugs. Just check you local regulations

Answer.

Most probably it is the responsibility of the landlord to get rid of them.

Check your lease - if it doesn't specifically state you are responsible for exterminating pests & vermin (most don't), look for a paragraph stating that one of the Landlord's responsibility is to keep the unit "habitable". Having parasitic bugs feeding on you at night - that is NOT habitable.

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Animal Parasites
Bedbugs

Will a flea fogger get rid of bedbugs?

Generally no, foggers are not effective against bed bugs. The reason is because bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices all around a room and foggers don't penetrate all of them.Bed bug bites are often discovered as the first sign of a bed bug infestation, the raised red lumps often do not show up until 24–48 hours after being bitten. Bed bugs don’t live on the bed or in the mattress. They hide in a variety of places around a room generally no further than 15 feet from the place where a human spends a prolonged amount of time, be it a bed, couch, doctor’s waiting room, bus seat or movie theater seat. The bed bug detects the co2 released by a human , they follow it’s lure, feast for 5 to 10 minutes and then retreat to they’re place of hiding. People sometimes assume bedbugs are invisible or hard to see but a full grown bedbug is as big as an apple seed and very easy to spot with the naked eye if you are familiar with their hiding places and are able to scout them out. Some places where bed bugs tend to hide are behind baseboards, under switch plates, behind socket covers, behind picture frames, on the underside of furnishings, in folds of clothing. Depending on the severity of the infestation and whether or not other bugs have taken all the “good spots” first, a bed bug can be virtually anywhere in the room where it can slip into a crack or crevice and feel unexposed. It is advisable to seek help from a professional pest control provider if you believe you have bed bugs. A professional exterminating company will know where to look and what to look for to determine the severity of your infestation and therefor the best possible course of treatment. There is no effective treatment to kill bed bug eggs. A knowledgeable exterminator will build into the plan of treatment, more than one visit to kill any new hatchlings 10 days to 2 weeks after the first extermination. Killing the typical bed bug population takes a careful execution of a well thought out plan of attack based on the specifics of each situation. to increase the chances of a successful treatment, there are things that the home owner can and should do. Here is an article that explains the homeowners role in a good bed bug exterminating partnership

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Bedbugs

Do bedbugs harm you?

They bite and cause severe itching and welts on the affected areas, they can spread disease if they fed from an infected person. (Transmission of disease would require them to be squished to release the blood they have inside and to get into an open would on yourself)

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Can bed bugs lay eggs in your head?

Bed bugs live with humans, not on them. The likely-hood of a bedbug laying eggs on you is VERY small.

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Can ddt powder kill bed bugs?

Grew up in India. DDT powder and anti mosquito spray was a must in every home rich or poor When bed bugs `struck' mattresses were put out on the terrace for a sunning and DDT powder was generously sprinkled in the room. The bed bugs did not live to tell the tale. Sure DDT works..more than works..in fact Friends who grew up in Poland and E Europe say the same..its the bed bug killer that `nukes' them out. Why has Canada banned DDT?

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Eyes
Planetary Science
Bedbugs

Are bedbugs visible to the naked eye?

Yes bedbugs are visible to the naked eye. Adult bedbugs are about 5 millimetres in length, and very flat looking and reddish brown in color. Bedbug nymps are smaller in size than the adults are, but are also visible to the naked eye. If you have bedbugs infesting a bed, you are very likely to see them if you turn or move your mattress around in the daytime, as they do not like daylight and if you disturb them they will move quite quickly to try to find somewhere dark again. They normally only come out when it is pitched dark to climb on to feed off the blood of a sleeping human for about 5 minutes most usually just before sunrise then return to their hiding place, which may be in the bed or nearby.

The most usual place you will find bedbugs in the day time hiding is in the folds or crevices of mattresses, but they may be anywhere in the bedding, or in cracks or crevices in the furniture or walls near to the bed. Unhatched bedbug eggs are more difficult to see, as they look like a grain of salt stuck to a hard surface, but they too are visible to people with normal eyesight. However some people get confused between bedbugs and dustmites. Dustmites are very much smaller than bedbugs and so are not visible to the naked eye. Almost all beds will have dustmites, but only a few people will have a bedbug problem in their bed which is much more unpleasant.

If you see critters in the bed, immediately change the bed linens! Spray the mattress with Nix or other spray for lice available at your pharmacy. Regular bug spray won't do the trick. Wet the mattress lightly with the spray, and allow the mattress to dry completely. Vacuum the bed and throw the vacuum bag away OUTSIDE. Wash the bed linens separately in hot water with bleach and detergent. Dry the linens thoroughly, absolutely hot dry. Sorry about the bed pillows, they need to be discarded.

This treatment works for most critters, visible and invisible. It is wise to carefully inspect the person sleeping in the bed for signs of bites or active critters.

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Can you die if bed bugs lay eggs in your ear?

It's highly unlikely to die if they do.

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Can you squish a bed bug?

Yes but you would have to push just right but it wont help, if you have and in your house call pest control!

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Can household bleach get rid of bed bugs?

yes

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Can bed bugs lay eggs in your underwear?

If you wear underwear to bed, yes, it is possible, though perhaps unlikely. But more importantly if you leave your underwear any of your clothes near your bed, such as on a chair or on the floor or even in a drawer , or if you leave your clothes in your holdall or suitcase or back pack but it is slightly open, it is very normal for female bedbugs to climb inside and lay eggs in there while he is fast asleep in his hotel bed.

This is the most common way that people can bring bedbugs home. A person may stay in a hotel on holiday where there is a minor bedbug infestation and one or more female bedbugs may lay a few eggs inside that person's luggage perhaps on a hard surface underneath his underwear packed therein. The eggs which look like a miniature grain of salt stuck to a hard surface will probably not be seen when you complete packing your luggage in the morning.

So after you check out of the hotel in the morning and travels home you bring your luggage with you. On arrival back home you bring your luggage into your bedroom at your home and unpack there, probably still not seeing the tiny eggs still stuck at the bottom. So perhaps during the following night those bedbug eggs that were laid in the hotel will now hatch. New bedbug nymphs will thus be born in the person's home.

Each nymph will immediately detect the CO2 breathed out by you or else other people asleep in that home and be attracted to your or their beds for its first meal of the bed occupant's blood. So within a few weeks the nymphs will have become an adult and breed in the bed or elsewhere in the home home, the bedbug population multiplying rapidly over next few months. So that home which was previously free of bedbugs will soon have a major bedbug infestation, all resulting from that laying of its eggs in your luggage during that stay in that hotel and then bringing your clothes and luggage home.

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Can bed bugs live or lay eggs in your ear?

Yes if it happens go to a doctor.

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How many parts is the bed bug's body divided into?

3

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How do you get bed bugs out a sleeping bag?

wash at 60°C and then tumble dry on high. Both of these methods should kill dust mites.

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How does a female bed bug look like?

They look a little like cockroaches but much smaller. Go to the related link below (Bedbugs or bed bugs ) to get a more precise explanation and pictures on this subject.

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Conditions and Diseases
Bedbugs

How do you treat bed bug bites?

An individual who is bitten by a bed bug will not feel the initial bite, and while not everyone has a reaction to the bites, those who do can experience severe inflammation, redness, and itching.

The following are the Top Treatments we have found to be successful.

  1. Do not scratch the bite.
  2. To ease itching, use an anesthetic cream
  3. Calamine lotion can be used to ease itching.
  4. Creams and lotions created for mosquito bites will effectively reduce itching.
  5. When applied directly to the bite, Peppermint oils and extracts will remove the itch.
  6. The use of over-the-counter Benadryl can help to reduce the allergic reaction.
  7. Apply ice on and around the bite to reduce swelling
  8. Wear loose fitting clothing in the areas where bites are apparent. This will reduce the irritation
  9. Should the bite become infected, or symptoms to not begin to diminish, contact your physician immediately.
  10. Have your home/office inspected and treated for bed bugs - while this may seem cliche, the best treatment for bed bug bites is the extermination of the bugs themselves.
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Pest Control
Bedbugs

How do you get rid of bedbugs?

Exterminating bed bugs without the help of a professional is highly discouraged. Self-treatment tends to make infestations worse, and eventual extermination ends up more expensive. The following are all suggestions that can help to control infestations until they can be treated by a pest control professional.

  1. Vacuum - Vacuuming can help to eliminate some bugs, as well as some eggs. Be sure to vacuum everywhere, in the corners, under furniture, on furniture, etc. Immediately after vacuuming an area that is infested, or is thought to be infested, empty the vacuum, and/or remove the bag. Ensure that anything that was vacuumed up is put into s SEALED bag, and disposed of properly.
  2. Wash - Wash anything and everything that you can, clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, etc. Use hot water and the highest heat setting on the dryer. This process will also help you to begin to prepare for treatment.
  3. Cover - The use of mattress and box spring encasements is known to assist in the proper extermination of bed bug infestations. These encasements limit the hiding places on beds, and will help treatment to be more effective. There are also similar encasements available for couches.
  4. Install - Use passive monitors, such as BDS (bed bug detection systems) or ClimbUp Interceptors. These devices can both trap and kill bed bugs trying to get on to or off of furniture.
  5. Steam Clean - Steam cleaning of furniture, curtains, etc., can be helpful in controlling infestations, as it is likely to kill any bugs in the immediate area being steamed, though it will not eliminate them altogether. Please note that the steam cleaning performed by A3 Superior Pest Control involves the use of chemicals, enabling it to effectively kill bed bugs.

The above ideas are meant to help in both the preparation and control of bed bug infestations. None of the methods will completely eradicate an infestation. Proper extermination of bed bugs requires the assistance of a pest control professional, as bed bugs are very resilient, and are difficult to exterminate.

Speaking on behalf of my bed bug experience, I have to say it's a pain to get rid of bed bugs. I've had bed bug infestation before on my mattress. Bed bugs do bite and they will leave a flat large red mark on your skin. Bed bugs are nocturnal so they will come out at night when you are sleeping and during the day they will hide in cracks and crevices of your room or in your mattress. They can come into your home by cracks and crevices from apartments or from the outside, they can be brought in by your luggage if you went on a vacation. You will need to treat bed bugs multiple of times because they all wont be killed at once, believe me, I know.

You can look for bed bugs in the crevices of your mattress and on the lining underneath your mattress. They will also be in your sheets, pillow cases, and fabrics. Bed bugs can also be found in your box springs and on the joining parts of your bed frame and head board but they can also be in a variety of other places in or near your bedroom, such as in the walls or under the floorboards.

I treated for bed bugs 3-4 times in 2 weeks. I repeated the process again. I used this spray called Steri-Fab and sprayed it on my mattress and on box springs. I vacuumed my mattress and box spring after I allowed it to dry. I also used dust, which is a pesticide dust into the cracks and crevices of my home which will prevent them from coming into my home. Do not use dust where children play.

After I treated my mattress and box springs, I used Allerzip Protect-A-Bed mattress encasement, Protect-A-Bed box spring cover and Protect-A-Bed pillow case to prevent future bed bug infestation. These encasement, box cover, and pillow case prevents moisture from building up and traps the bed bugs causing them to die from lack of food and hiding place.

Exterminating bed bugs without the help of a professional is highly discouraged. Self-treatment tends to make infestations worse, and eventual extermination ends up more expensive. If you think you have a bed bug infestation, contact a pest control professional to set up an inspection or extermination. The following are all suggestions that can help to control infestations until they can be treated by a pest control professional.


  • Call in the professionals. At the first sign of bed bugs, you should clean everything in the immediate area and call in people to spray things down. Try to find where they are coming from before you call people in, and try putting double sided tape around parts of your room to try and see where the are coming in from. Once you have called in professional people, follow their instructions exactly.
  • One doctor told me to change the bed twice a week, and wash the sheets in hot water; also wash my pajamas the same way. Make sure that you dry the clothes and sheets in the dryer and not on a clothes line.
  • Treating or discarding any paper products, and loose sheets of paper may help, as bed bugs don't only like fabric.
  • I got rid of mine with a high powered steam cleaner. These can be bought for around $50. You first need to find out where they are coming from. I started by going through all the cracks and spraying hot steam into them for 2-3 seconds. I had to do that every week for about 2 months, and I have not seen any again.
  • I got rid of my problem using Pronto. It is specially made for bedbugs and dust mites. This product is about $8 per can.
  • You need to wash every cloth item in the house from bedding and PJ's to curtains, and everyday clothing. Thick items like a pillow or comforter might take much longer than an hour to safely kill bed bugs in the dryer. And it is the long time in the dryer, not the washing machine, that will really ensure they are dead. Nevertheless once clothing and linens are brought home, they must be kept in sealed, airtight bags (for example, XL Ziploc or carefully sealed space bags). Dry cleaning is alright for delicate which cannot be washed and dried for an hour on Hot, but you must tell the dry cleaner the item is infested with bed bugs (otherwise they can reinvest you and others). And when you bring dry cleaning home, it also must be sealed as the other items are (dry cleaning bags are not airtight and thus not sufficient.)
  • One of the products I found that was very useful is Steri-Fab, which you spray almost everywhere: your mattress, clothes and even carpets. Also using natural products (such as Rest Easy) is a good idea too, taking these types of product when your traveling so that you don't bring them back with you. Getting box spring and mattress encasements is a good idea: it not only helps eliminate them, but helps prevent them. If you try to cover your mattress and box spring with plastic, the bed bugs will just chew right through it. Spraying the mattress and putting dust into the holes in the sides of the mattress before covering the infested mattress is a good idea.
  • Bedbugs can be exterminated by using an all natural product called Diatomaceous Earth. This is spread around the area where the bedbugs are located.
  • Once you know you have got bedbugs in your home getting rid of them is not easy. but bedbugs are visible to the naked eye being about 5 millimeters long and colored reddish brown flat looking insects and they do not like daylight, so you need to go round looking for them and try to find their nesting places in your home. You can call in professional assistance for best results, but if you need to do it yourself, firstly you need to thoroughly vacuum your mattress and try to pick up as many bedbugs as you can. Then you need to put a cover on the mattress and zip it tight shut. Do the same to all mattresses on other beds in the home. This will trap any bedbugs inside and they will no longer be able to get out and feed off the blood of people sleeping in the bed. But once zipped in it may take as long as a year for any bedbugs to die from lack of food so leave the cover on forever more.
  • But that will not get the bedbugs elsewhere. You need to thoroughly vacuum everywhere and try to find places where they are hiding during the daytime. After vacuuming the way to exterminate remaining live bedbugs and destroy bedbug eggs that have not yet hatched is with heat and you need to buy or obtain a heat fan that directs a temperature of at least 212 degrees Fahrenheit everywhere they may be nesting during the day to kill them. You may need to repeat this on future days until you eventually destroy them all. But always be aware if you fail to find just one or two they will continue breeding. You will only be totally rid of them when you have destroyed every single one of them in your home.
  • Bedbugs can be exterminated by using an all natural product called Diatomaceous Earth. This must be spread around the area where the bedbugs are located.
  • Steamers work very well as a contact killer for bed bugs. Be sure when using steam to move at one inch per second.

There are a few home remedies that can be used to cure bed bugs. You can try steam cleaning everything in the house.
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Does replacing the mattress ge rid of bed bugs?

Type your answer here... Buying a new mattress will not guarantee ridding bedbugs

We bought an IKEA mattress which had bedbugs. We later found that bedbugs can hibernate and migrate. They got in the bed frame, bedboards, electrical outlets and baseboards, unknown to us. Although we thoroughly scrubbed everything before buying a new mattress., the bugs returned and got in the new mattress. It took a professional pest exterminator several visits to eliminate the problem . We had to empty all closets, bureau drawers and dissemble the mattresses and box springs in all of our bedrooms and completely cover all mattresses and box springs with zippered covers with the zippers taped with duck tape. It took several months and almost $7000. to mitigate the problem and replace the items we had to discard. IKEA's insurance company, Liberty Mutual, says they have no responsibility as their "investigation" ( which was a joke,) did not make them feel they at fault. We lived a nightmare and now they are offering us a small portion of our cost. If you do buy a new mattress, immediately cover it so that the entire mattress is enclosed in a zippered cover. I would not wish our experience on our worst enemy.

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Does ultraviolet light kill bed bugs?

According its description, the Purelight XD Ultraviolet Light Wand features the most powerful 8 watt UV light on the market and "guarantees a 99.9% kill rate of bacteria & viruses including dust mites & bed bugs."

The model number is XD-2D04-X6 and brand name is Purelight. Manufacturer is Enputech Co., Ltd. in Korea.

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Can you starve a bedbug?

Bed bugs can live for 12 to 18 months without food.

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Do any animals eat bed bugs?

Yes they can as long as they kill them before eating them any animal can eat it but is not that it's bad for them they are very good for there health.

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Ants
Bedbugs
Brain

Do ants have brains?

Ants have a main brain and several smaller brains that run along the length of their bodies called, "ganglia". The ganglia are little assistant brains to the main brain. The brain inside the ants head controls things like smell, sight and touch, but the smaller brains control, to some degree movement of the ant. Have you ever noticed that an ant will continue to twitch if you step on it? Even if the head is separated from the ants body, the legs will still twitch. This is because the smaller brains (ganglia) are still telling the ants legs to move!

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Can bed bugs live in your car?

Yes, bed bugs can hide between the seats and feed only when some one is using the car. Unfortunately they can live for several months without a blood meal, so thy will be there patiently waiting. They can also survive in quite cold conditions so a mild winter wont kill them. In Great Britain there are cases of bed bug infested public transportation buses.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Cat Behavior
Bedbugs

Do cats eat bedbugs?

Bedbugs are so tiny, most of them measuring less than 1/10 of a millimeter.

They are much to small to be visible by a cats eye, not to mention a human eye.

I am sure cats eat bedbugs though, they just do not know it. By licking or chewing on a piece of bed-cloth, they probably eat many of them.

Humans do the same.

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Insects
Bedbugs

Does Murphy's oil soap kill bedbugs?

yes. any kind of soap would kill bed bugs. The way to do is to dissolve the soap in water & spry directly to the bug & its eggs.

you will see the bug dying.

That might kill the few that you see, But there are a hell of alot more hiding thru your whole house, They can spray poisons and throw away certain things BUT that wont get them ALL!! The ONLY way to kill them ALL is to close all the windows and doors then have a huge fan IF you have a basement in the door way of the basement and one at the front door, Then put one of them heaters that look like jet engines behind it, Why you ask?? Bedbugs cant survive to high of a temp, If you can get it to I THINK around 135 F they will all die, But it cant be for a few mins you have to get your house to that temp and have it like that for a few hours or even better a whole day, Of course anything thats alive take out of the house, Thats the only true way to get rid of them ALL!! cuz heat will get into every part of the house cuz poisons cant get everywhere

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Creation
Bedbugs
Ladybugs

Why did God have to create bugs couldn't he find anything else to pollinate the world?

Because God found it good. All animals have a purpose, and we should be happy with that. Bugs do more than pollenate, they also fertilize, eat and destroy the bacteria and germs of dead and rotting carcasses that could otherwise be harmful to the environment and us. They also serve as food for nearly every other living creature. They are the first line of defense, a sort of 'clean up crew' before the other scavengers come along.

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