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Q&A : With warm weather approaching, I fear that I’ll be invaded again by insects. Besides chemical treatments, what steps can I take to minimize problems?
The National Pest Control Association offers these practical tips:
- Clean insect hiding places such as cracks and crevices in floors, baseboards and vents.
- Get rid of inside trash daily. Make sure that trash is stored outside in tightly closed containers.
- Screen all doors and windows and keep the screens in good condition.
- Keep food in tightly closed containers.
- Clean up spills and crumbs completely.
- Keep your pets clean and insect free.
If you use any pesticides, practice safety first. Buy only pesticides designed for your particular problem and follow all label directions carefully.
For more information on pesticide use please visit www.epa.gov. Store them carefully. Should you decide you need professional assistance, choose a company that belongs to a recognized state/provincial or national association and get information about the treatment process and any hazards beforehand.
If you wake up one morning and feel several itchy parts all over your body, chances are you have been victimized by bed bugs in the night.
So what exactly are bed bugs? To answer the awkward question, bed bugs are basically insects. But like all the millions of other insect species, bed bugs have their own identity. They would not be left behind in the identity department.
Start from the scientific view. Bed bugs are scientifically labeled Cimex lectularius. They belong to the ever wide and diverse kingdom, or phylum as what can be more appropriate, called Insecta.
Did you know If ever there ever came a time when the entire world was annihilated, all creatures on planet Earth, including humans and animals were exterminated. Only one type of creature would remain. You got it right. Insects, with their flexibility and resilience will be left to occupy the planet. Bed bugs are among them. That is why exterminating them is difficult.
How do they look like?
When viewed from the top (incidentally, you would not need to look at them at any other angle, for definite), bed bugs look like flattened creatures. They are so tiny, that one can not very see and look at them, unless they are aided by magnifying glasses or lenses.
Bed bugs usually appear like tiny deep brown creatures. In other parts of the globe, like in Europe, bed bugs may appear differently—they may adopt white to creamy white color.
When they are fed, or came from a meal, bed bugs look like tiny bloated creatures with black or deep red tiny mass in their stomach area.
That is because bed bugs mainly feed on hosts blood. Blood is the reason they live. Otherwise, they would not survive.
How they feed?
All right, for your information, bed bugs have tiny beaks, similar and smaller to that owned by mosquitoes. They use these beaks to pierce through the skin of their host. After that, when they have pierced some skin, they start sipping and sucking some blood.
Because bed bugs are so tiny, they can not very suck about a fourth of a milliliter from you. That means the blood you will lose when bitten by a bed bus will be so negligible, you would not care at all.
Another lovely thing, bed bugs are proven not to over or transmit any illness unlike their relatives, like the mosquito.
Bed bugs bites may leave tiny red marks that may swell after a few hours. The bitten area would also tend to itch a lot, leaving a feeling of discomfort to the victim.
Exterminating bed bugs
Here’s a handful of ways or measures to kill bed bugs. The dull way is to capture them one after the other, and try to squash them out. That would surely kill them, but it will be gross, tedious, and will certainly try your patience.
The best way is to get a professional pest control operator to come erradicate them.