Bed Bugs Essay

2399 Words Dec 2nd, 2013 10 Pages
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Chapter 1 - Resurgence
Bed bugs are back in a big way. In the past 15 years their numbers have exploded. In the past, bed bugs ceased to be a problem in North America but they were still alive and well in other countries. Today, their numbers are on the rise again due to travel and immigration from countries that never managed to get rid of them like we did. The bed bug can now be found in every U.S. state. Unfortunately, once you have bed bugs, you’re going to need help.
Bed bugs are very tough and while they are not considered a major threat to your health, they can cause infection because their bites are very itchy, and scratching can also leave scars. Some people also experience allergic reactions to the
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This means you can have many clusters throughout your home. If you see what looks like a pile of seeds you probably have found adult bed bugs. Remember, the adults are the size of an apple seed but the nymphs are even smaller.
You may also be able to spot fecal stains, egg cases, and shed skins in crevices and cracks around your bed. Fecal stains look like small blood stains, either red or black, and these are a sure sign that bed bugs have at the very least been in the area. Look for them on sheets, pillows, mattress and box spring. Egg cases and shed skins are transparent but if the infestation is severe there will be many of them that are easy to spot if you are looking.
If you find any evidence of bed bugs, continue your search in other areas of your bedroom such as behind picture frames, on other furniture, and in your clothing. A severe infestation is also accompanied by an unpleasant sweet musty odor. Continue checking systematically throughout your entire household.
Chapter 4 – Can I Treat Bed Bugs Myself?
Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems to eradicate quickly. While opinions seem to be mixed, it appears bed bugs can be treated with time and diligence. Of course, exterminators tend to suggest that eradication requires professional help and chemicals, but you may want to try these steps first:
1. Strip off your bedding – and put your bedding in a double bag. Then wash the bedding in hot water (120°F). Discard the bags

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