Bed Bug Bites

Ridding a house of pests is not an easy job to do, especially when a place is flooded with tiny crawling insects such as bedbugs. Bedbugs were nearly eradicated during the 1960s with the pesticide DDT.

However, as scientists began to notice the chemicals negative effect on the environment, it was banned. Over the years, bedbug infestation has increased perilously, specifically in Ontario. But this rapid increase does not affect the detection process. It is still not a problem that can be handled by common people; experts are needed for this disastrous invasion.

Where are bed bugs present?

Bedbugs are parasitic insects and feed on human blood. A misunderstanding caused by their name is that they are only found in the mattresses, not really though, a bedbug can be present anywhere; from drawers to book shelves, in rugs and electrical switch plates. They often like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to a human environment.

Signs of bed bugs

  • Rusty and reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by the crushed bedbugs.
  • Dark spots
  • Tiny eggs or eggshells having pale yellow skins.
  • Crawling bedbugs (fresh and alive).

Don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Bedbugs are peaky little pests. They find their comforts into your beds, furniture, carpets and rugs. When you are busy watching television, sleeping or doing any work, they bite you. The next morning you are left wondering why you are red and itchy.

According to a modern study, bedbugs cause psychological distress. In extreme cases, some bedbug victims have even been known to become suicidal over the infestation.

Psychological issues can also develop in individuals who do not currently have an infestation but are worried about getting one. Most of these psychological issues focus on maladaptive behaviors such as insomnia, paranoia, itchiness, and taking unreasonable precautions to risky behavior that could lead to an infestation, such as not staying at hotels, avoiding public transportation, and avoiding public places such as movie theaters

Symptoms of Bedbug bite:

So the question is, does a bedbug bite hurt? No, it does not, because they excrete a tiny amount of anesthesia into your body before they bite. Remember that usually symptoms show up after a few days.

  • Bedbug bites are itchy.
  • They cause burning sensation on the skin for several days.
  • If you scratch your bite, you may cause a secondary infection that can lead to swelling and bleeding.

Treatment of Bedbugs’ bite:

The symptoms of a bite typically disappear in one or two week. Use an anti-itch cream to avoid itching. Use an antiseptic cream or lotion if you get an infection. Psychological distress is a lethal problem and should responsibly be treated.

If bed bugs are suspected then a licensed pest controller should be consulted. A careful inspection must be undertaken and all possible hiding places within infested and adjoining rooms examined. Once all likely sources have been identified, then an approved insecticide, which has some residual activity, should be applied to all harborages. The synthetic pyrethroids are often the main chemicals used for control in Australia; however these are not very effective and can even repel the bugs.

The carbamates and the organophosphates are far more effective for control, but may not be recommended for use on mattresses (check the label). Non-chemical approaches to control include the use of vacuuming and steam. Infested clothing can be washed in hot water and dried on the hot cycle of the clothes drier. Delicate materials can be placed into the freezer. Pesticides will need to be applied in conjunction with any non-chemical means of control. Good housekeeping practices and a reduction in possible harborages such as cracks and crevices will discourage repeat infestations.

As bed bugs are cryptic in their habits, complete control is often difficult to achieve with the first treatment. This is especially so with heavy infestations and thus a post control treatment evaluation is always advisable.

And what’s better than to call HMG Pest Control Inc.



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