Bed Bug Facts

bed bug after feeding

Facts About Bed Bugs

Do bed bugs transmit diseases?

Although bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, their presence may cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health and economic consequences.

Reported health effects include:

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Secondary infections associated with bed bug bites.
  • What do bed bug bites look like?

Many people have mild to severe allergic reaction to bed bug bites with effects ranging from no reaction to a small bite mark to in rare cases, anaphylaxis (severe, whole-body reaction).

These bites can also lead to secondary infections of the skin such as impetigo and ecthyma.

In general, most people who are bitten do not show any signs or symptoms of the bed bug bite, but as exposure to bites increases, the likelihood of showing symptoms also goes up.

It may take up to 14 days for a tell-tale rash or other such sign to show up.
Skin reaction to bed bugs bites
Photo Of Severe Bed Bug Bite Reaction

Can I be 100% assured that the bed bugs will be gone after treatment?

Bed bugs are one of the most challenging, elusive pests to control.

That is why Western promises our commitment to continue providing service until there is no more evidence of bed bug activity.

Presently, data collected from pest management companies nationwide indicates that it takes an average of 2.4 visits to control a bed bug problem. The number of visits of course, is dependent upon the size and distribution of the bed bug population when Western is called for control.

I think I brought the bed bugs home in a suitcase. Why am I seeing them in other areas of my home besides the bedroom?

Bed bugs are good hitchhikers and can be moved from one place to another in many different ways.

Also, bed bugs will move from one location to another to seek a blood meal, so they may be moving from an original point of infestation to other locations seeking to find a suitable host.

What are the steps to prepare my residence for bed bug treatment?

It is important to understand that preparation steps for inspection and treatment are different in each case.

Your Western office will provide information regarding what you need to do when preparing for bed bug program services.

Why do we have to prep the whole house?

Bed bugs can be found in any section of your residence, in rooms as well as in the contents of the rooms.

A thorough and complete preparation gives your Western technician the best opportunity to inspect, find and eliminate bed bugs since they can hide in so many different locations.

Where did the bed bugs come from?

That question is extremely difficult to answer. We live in a very mobile society and being able to determine where the problem came from normally remains a mystery.

Bed bugs are easily transported from one place to another and with their ability to survive for relatively long periods of time, the possibilities are extensive.

Will Western treat the furniture?

Yes. Our service protocol includes treating furniture where we find bed bug evidence, but we never use insecticides to treat the parts of the furniture that our customers will directly contact.

How long does bed bug treatment take?

That depends upon the size of the residence or building and the extent of the bed bug population.

What is the difference between bed bugs mattress covers Western sells and the ones from Wal-Mart or other stores?

The quality, durability and capability to keep bed bugs from escaping the encasement varies a great deal.

Western uses mattress and box-spring encasements that are waterproof, breathable, non-allergenic, fire retardant and bed bug-certified.

What can I expect from a bed bug inspection? What does the tech do?

The Western branch providing the bed bug inspection and treatment service will provide this information.

You may contact them directly to get the information you need.

How quickly do bed bugs multiply?

A female bed bug will produce from 200-500 bed bugs in her lifetime and can become fertile in as little as 6-8 weeks.

Optimal temperatures and humidity conditions favoring bed bug reproduction are similar to those conditions generally found in the home.

Why is there no preventative treatment for bed bugs?

Researchers are looking into developing lures, mating disruptors and pheromones (chemical messengers) that will interfere with the bed bug’s normal life cycle, habits and ability to survive.

Developing effective preventive measures is complex and challenging and at this point such projects are in the basic research stages.

How to check for bed bugs when travelling?

  • Inspect where you are staying before you settle in for the night and carry a small flashlight to help during your inspection.
  • Inspect the headboard, mattress and box springs looking for bed bugs in the cracks and crevices and tufts and seams.
  • Check your sheets for blood spots.
  • Place your luggage in the bathroom rather than on the luggage stand, and place your luggage in a plastic trash bag during your hotel stay.
  • Open the dresser drawers and inspect for bed bug evidence before putting your clothing into the drawer.
  • Place your clothing into a trash bag.
  • If you visit a location you suspect of having bed bugs, launder and dry your clothing upon your return home.
  • Examine your clothing and any other personal belongings before going inside your residence while keeping your belongings in plastic bags.

What are some other preventive measures I can take to keep bed bugs out of my residence?

Never bring second-hand furniture into the home, especially mattresses and box springs without a thorough examination.

Be cautious when accepting any used clothing. Learn to recognize the signs that indicate the presence of bed bugs and periodically inspect your residence, concentrating on the bed and areas around the bed.

If you need assistance, request an inspection from your pest management company.

What do I do if books, CDs or important stored items such as documents have bed bugs?

Western can give you information about a portable heater device called a PackTite that will kill bed bugs that are in these kinds of items.

Does Western use bed bug sniffing dogs?

Yes. Canine bed bug inspection teams are very effective at finding bed bugs.

A recent University of Florida study established that K-9 inspections were 95-98% effective when it comes to identifying small numbers of bed bugs in isolated areas.

The Western Canine Detection Team trains and re-trains continuously in order to provide the most capable bed bug detection service possible.

Learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.

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