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Bed bug facts you need to know in Columbus Ohio

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Bed-Bug-lifecycle

How do we know if our home is infested with bed bugs? Isn’t that the question we all ask ourselves?
In most cases, bed bugs are transported from infested areas to non-infested areas when they cling onto someone’s clothing, or crawl into luggage, furniture or bedding that is then brought into homes.
If you have bed bugs, you may also notice itchy welts on you or your family member’s skin.
You may also see the bed bugs themselves, small bloodstains from crushed bed bugs, or dark spots from bed bug droppings in your home. Bed bugs often hide in or near beds and bedroom furniture, and in the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and daybed covers.

Bed bugs go through various stages during the course of their life cycle. They begin as eggs, hatching sometime between 6 and 17 days after they are laid. They emerge from the eggs as nymphs and begin feeding immediately. After its first meal, a bed bug will molt and grow to its next stage of development and begin feeding again. After five molts, the bed bug reaches maturity and begins to reproduce. A female bed bug lays between one and twelve eggs per day (average is approximately five eggs per day), and may lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime.
Bed bugs are extremely hardy and can live up to 18 months without eating once. This means that bed bugs can be found in long-vacant rooms or abandoned furniture.

Bed bugs are nocturnal. They hide during the day but come out at night to feed, usually reaching the peak of their activity about an hour before dawn. Bed bugs are attracted to their hosts by carbon dioxide and warmth. Depending on its age, it takes a bed bug between 3 and 15 minutes to feed. When a bed bug bites, it injects saliva to prevent blood clotting and to numb the area. The bites inflicted by bed bugs can go unnoticed or be mistaken for the bites of other pests. All people are not equally sensitive to bed bug bites, so while some victims may break out in rashes from the bites, other people may not display symptoms. Even among people sleeping side-by-side, one person may show severe reactions while the other has no evidence of having been bitten at all. When a reaction does occur, the resulting feeling can be mild red spot to severe rash or even hives.

Bed bugs can affect anywhere and everywhere. There is no easy way to get led of them and it is expensive to treat.
Working with a professional pest management specialist licensed with the Ohio Board of Pesticide Control is always the best way to determine proper treatments for your situation.

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BedBugs in Columbus Ohio Makes the Top infested Cities in the Country

Monday, June 25th, 2012
BedBug Life Cycle

BedBug Life Cycle

A recently release list of the top rankings cities show Bed Bug Population in Ohio as the heaviest activity with three cities in the top 15. These cities include Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland. This proves Bed Bugs are a continuing problem.

The 2012 Most BedBug infested Cities Include:

1 ) Philadelphia
2 ) Cincinnati
3 ) New York City
4 ) Chicago
5 ) Detroit
6 ) Washington D.C.
7 ) Columbus, Ohio
8 ) San Francisco
9 ) Denver
10 ) New Haven Conn.
11 ) Dallas
12 ) Houston
13 ) Indianapolis
14 ) Miami
15 ) Cleveland

BedBugs can cause all kinds of welts and rashes which may go undetected for months in homes or business. Its important that everyone knows to have their homes or business inspected by a professional if they think they have a problem.

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Bed Bug Fact from Your Exterminator in Columbus Ohio

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Fiction: Bed bugs are too small to see, so you cant tell whether you have them or not.

Fact: Bed Bugs are visible to the naked eye from egg through its adult stages.  An adult bed bug is about the size of a apple seed.  Bed bugs that have just eaten can be even larger.  It comes down to knowing where to look and what to look for.

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10 things you want to learn about BedBugs

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Found this Article on Womansday.com with advice from Susan Jones, PhD, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

1. The term bedbug is a misnomer.

The Latin name for bedbugs is Cimex lectularius, which means “bug of the bed.” But don’t let that fool you—the pesky creatures can be found anywhere. “Bedbugs want to feed on you at night while you’re still, so they’re commonly found in your bed,” says John Furman, president of New York City–based pest management company Boot-A-Pest. “But I always say the bed is 70 percent of the infestation and the rest of the room is the other 30 percent. They can be all over your apartment—in the sofa, behind picture frames or in the crevices of baseboards.”

2. Bedbugs don’t discriminate.

“There’s an unnecessary stigma associated with bedbugs,” says Susan Jones, PhD, associate professor of entomology at Ohio State University. “Anyone can get them. They’re not associated with poor housekeeping or a certain poverty level or anything like that.” So if you have them—or know someone who does—remember that it has nothing to do with personal hygiene habits. “Every woman whose home I treat tells me how often they shower, how clean they are, that they get manicures—none of that matters,” reports Jeff Eisenberg, founder of Pest Away Exterminating.

3. Bedbugs haven’t been proven to transmit any harmful diseases.

Unlike with many other pests and insects, research has not yet proven that bedbugs do anything more harmful than give you the heebie-jeebies. But that doesn’t mean people should brush them off as no big deal. Dr. Jones believes the research is “incomplete and inconclusive.” And Eisenberg insists they are a mental health risk. “People can become so obsessed with bedbugs they don’t sleep for weeks—they miss work, they spend hours Googling the topic. I call it bedbug paranoia.” Bedbugs have also been shown to aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms in people who already suffer from them.

4. No two people’s bedbug bites will look the same.

It’s easy to notice a suspicious bite and head straight to the Internet to diagnose yourself. But just because a website tells you bedbug bites look a certain way doesn’t mean your bites will follow that pattern. According to Dr. Jones, bites often appear in a grouping of three or a “1-2-3—breakfast, lunch, dinner” pattern, but many people—around 30 percent, according to Furman––don’t react to bites at all. And others may have singular scattered bites. Photo by iStockphoto.

5. Bedbugs aren’t truly nocturnal.

Though these pests like to come out before dawn, don’t think you can wait up all night to outsmart them. “A bedbug is an opportunist, and while their peak feeding time is between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., if you work nights they will come out and feed on you during the day,” says Furman. Dr. Jones explains that they’re attracted to a human’s body temperature and, even more so, the carbon dioxide we exhale.

6. Even if you can’t see them, you may have them.

While itchy bites may indicate you have a bedbug problem, a thorough inspection is necessary to prove it. “If you have a low-level infestation, most people will miss the signs. You really need to call a professional who will spend the time to find the evidence,” says Furman, who takes at least an hour inspecting rooms for signs of bedbugs. Things you should look for include “peppering,” which are black fecal spots that are usually imbedded in the mattress seams or on the box spring, as well as insect skins (immature bedbugs shed their skin five times before becoming an adult). You may also see actual bedbugs, which, depending on their age, will be clear or rust-colored. You can never be too careful, but don’t panic. “I’ve had people email me photographs of Hostess cupcake crumbs, lint, fingernails, you name it,” says Furman.

7. Properly trained dogs can sniff out bedbugs.

Well-trained and properly handled canines can track down bedbugs because, like bomb-sniffing and drug-sniffing dogs, they are taught to home in on the scent. But according to Furman, “a dog is a tool to bring a handler to a defined search area. You’ve still got to find the bugs in the area they alerted you to.”

8. You don’t have to throw away your belongings if you have bedbugs.

A common misconception about bedbugs is that if you have them, you have to trash your mattress and send all your clothing to the dry cleaner’s. Not true: According to Furman, heat is the number-one killer of bedbugs. Exterminators treat rooms and furniture with a combination of dry steam cleaning, deep heat and chemical treatments. If your clothes have been in an infested room, throw them in a hot dryer (at least 120 degrees) for 30 minutes to kill any bugs.

9. You should never treat your home for bedbugs yourself.

Whatever you do, don’t attempt to fumigate your house for bedbugs yourself. “Don’t use a bug bomb or fogger, even if it claims it’s meant for bedbugs,” warns Dr. Jones. “All it will do is scatter them throughout your home, and if you have an apartment, it will give them to your neighbors.” She reports that boric acid and other grocery store sprays won’t work either. Calling a professional is essential—and call one early. “You have to deal with this right away,” insists Dr. Jones. “One single female bedbug can lay 500 eggs at once, so it can get out of control quickly.”

10. Bedbugs aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

According to Dr. Jones, bedbugs started making a comeback in the late 1990s for a variety of reasons. A spike in international travel combined with a change in the pesticides and insecticides we use as well as lifestyle changes all played a role in their resurgence. “Bedbugs reproduce very quickly and live for a long time, so it was just a matter of time until their populations exploded,” she says. So what now? Though the situation is manageable, “there’s absolutely no end in sight. This is a pest we’ll likely be living with for the rest of our lives.”

This article was written by Amanda Greene and Published in Womansday.com

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Bedbug fighters pleading for help

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Bedbug fighters pleading for help

Problem will worsen without public funding, task-force members say

Saturday, September 4, 2010 02:55 AM

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

They suck blood, steal sleep, ruin furniture and ravage nerves. Any sufferer would agree that bedbugs inflict plenty of personal misery.

But so far, experts say, governments have been reluctant to treat the pests as a public problem.

“The response is just totally inadequate,” said Susan Jones, an Ohio State University entomologist and member of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force. “There has been so little done.”

Jones said the task force has had scant money for public education and nothing to spend on extermination. Members agree that the problem is worsening because many people don’t know how to reduce risk and can’t afford to hire a pest-control company.

“We’re a group of volunteers who are just trying to get the word out,” Jones said. “Meanwhile, the bugs are spreading like wildfire.”

With reported infestations now in the thousands, the effects have crept beyond private residences. According to the task force and public officials:

• Children have unwittingly brought bedbugs to schools on their clothing, shoes or book bags. Columbus school nurses receive training on how to identify problems and provide information to families without embarrassing students.

• Firefighters have picked up bedbugs and carried them back to their stations after runs to infested residences. Some of the crew at a station in the hard-hit western part of the county changed to slip-on boots so that bedbugs can’t hide behind the tongues and laces.

• The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging says numerous infestations are causing pain and anguish among the elderly, especially those in low-income housing. Outreach workers sometimes put their clothing in high-heat dryers to kill hitchhiking bugs after visits.

• Franklin County Children Services is spending thousands of dollars on new bedding, mattress covers and extermination for families. The agency recently stopped accepting donations of used toys because of the risk of transmission. The Salvation Army is receiving increasing requests for help with new furniture.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture also is investigating several cases of faulty pesticide application and misuse.

Some desperate people who don’t know how to eradicate the bugs or don’t have the money for an exterminator are turning to dangerous chemicals that aren’t meant for indoor use. In at least one case, people were sickened. In a few others, fires broke out.

“We know that these things are occurring, and we’re very concerned,” said Matt Beal of the Agriculture Department. He also has received reports of unlicensed applicators promising families cheap treatments.

“It’s just a matter of time before somebody dies,” Jones said.

The task force has asked Franklin County for $128,000 to launch a more aggressive attack. If approved, the grant money would help with public information and pay for extermination in about 100 residences.

Paul Wenning of the Franklin County Board of Health said the task force is trying to gather data on cases, but the job is difficult because no single agency collects it and many residents don’t report the problem.

A tally of complaints to the Columbus Code Enforcement Division, the county health department and just three of about 40 area exterminating companies last year revealed more than 2,700 complaints, a number that almost certainly is low.

Beal said state agriculture officials keep hoping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will change course and approve the use of Propoxur, a once-common pesticide that is effective on bedbugs but could, after significant exposure, be harmful to children.

Task-force members say the suffering they see each day dwarfs the pesticide risk. Although bedbugs are not known to spread disease, their bites can cause welts, rashes or infections from scratching.

Jones said she goes out each week to chronicle effects. She has found disabled residents sitting in infested wheelchairs, elderly residents wearing coats and gloves for protection in the summer, babies with bites on their faces.

“You cannot be unchanged when you see that,” Jones said, her voice rising. “Something has to be done.”

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Watch out for Bed bugs in your home.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Very good video about bed bugs and their behaviors. Been getting alot of bed bug calls recently so I figured this would help educate everyone what to look for. If you think you have bed bugs watch this video.

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What Bed bugs look like??

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Bed bugs are  small oval, insects that cant fly and is part of  three species that bite people. Adult bed bugs range from 5-7 mm in length, while nymphs (juveniles) can be as small as 1.5 mm. Bed bugs have small flat bodies and are  mistaken for small cockroaches or ticks. Bed bugs feed on blood by sucking  from humans or animals. Adult bed bugs are usually reddish brown in color and can appearing more reddish after feeding on a blood meal. Nymphs (juveniles) are clear in color and bright red after feeding on its host. The wings of bed bugs don’t serve must purpose because they cannot fly.

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Merry Christmas but Dont Bring the Bed Bugs Home

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

I wanted to take this moment and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Bed Bugs

As everyone travel all over the country visiting family, its enviable to staying in places outside the comfort of your own homes.  Please take a few minutes to check out your accommodations whether your staying with family, friends or in a hotel room.

Bed bugs have been one of the biggest issue with my customers most recently in Columbus Ohio.    As more and more people travel, the spread of bed bugs have been continuing to increase.   Bedbugs are very flat, allowing them to hide in tiny crevices.  A crack wide enough to fit the edge of a Business card can harbor bedbugs. The most common place to find bedbugs is in the bed itself.   Bedbugs often hide within seams, tufts, and crevices of the mattress, bed frame, box spring and headboard. Bedbugs also hide in items that are stored under beds.   There are also areas besides bed, that can harbor bedbugs such as nightstands, dressers, sofa and upholstered chairs.   Bedbugs are capable of traveling as far as 100 feet to feed on its host but will mainly stay in the bed room.   Bedbugs can be found on their own, but more often congregate in groups.   If you do find yourself in a bed bug infestation, reading these do’s and Dont’s for bed bugs will help keep your home from getting infested as well.

Please take a moment and do some bed bug Prevention measure by look at your new surroundings for bed bug indications.

For more information on bed bugs, please EnviroCare Pest Solutions Bed Bug Information page.

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Bed bugs can ingest

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Bed bugs can ingest seven times their own weight in blood, which would be the equivalent of an average-sized male drinking 120 gallons.

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Female bedbug can really produce!

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

One female bedbug can lay 5 eggs a day and can lay up to 500 in a life time.

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