Have you ever had the feeling that you're not really alone in your Topeka bedroom at night? Unfortunately, that may be true if you have a bedbug infestation. These little insects, scientifically known as Cimex lectularius, are very small, brown, flat insects that mostly operate during nighttime. They are parasites that sustain themselves by feeding on the blood of warm blooded creatures. However, out of all hosts, they prefer to feed on human blood.
Unfortunately for those with bed bug problems, these little blood suckers have a knack for living right where you sleep. Their small bodies allow them to fit into incredibly narrow spaces - especially into headboards, mattresses and even into box springs. Their tiny bodies make them nearly impossible to spot while they are feeding on you.
While the term 'Bed Bug' usually refers to the Cimex lectularius, it is describes any number of bugs that have been bothering people around the world for thousands of years. There are even documented cases of bed bug infestations that date back to classical Greece during the list of Aristotle and they have continued to live as human parasites ever since.
There was a period in the 1940's that the species almost vanished from the face of the planet. But, the tenacious insects have again been on the rise since the mid 1990's and home infestations are once again becoming all too common.
A common misconception is that only dirty homes or unkempt bedrooms can be the target of an infestation. But sadly, just about any home may come under attack under the right circumstances. While an infestation is certainly more likely to happen in a disheveled home, some of the following causes could lead to a bed bug problem just about anywhere...
Remember, these bugs are small and may not be present in huge numbers, so they may be very difficult to spot. But, the results of their feeding will likely show up on your body in the form of red and raised rashes. There is also a small chance that some people may experience allergic reactions that will enhance the rashes. Just so you know, there is little to know evidence that bed bugs are able to transfer human pathogens or diseases from one host to another.
If there is an established infestation, you will likely be able to find a number of bugs in the crevices of your headboard or on the sides of your mattress. You may also find the bugs near bedside clutter or inside couches.
Even though they are visible to the naked eye, they can be almost undetectable since they are mostly active at night. But, you may be able to spot their waste in your bed sheets. You might also see blood smears on your sheets, signs that a bed bugs has recently been feeding on you.
We know that these parasites have been around for centuries, so it's obvious that no perfect way to control has been developed. But, most infestations will require the help of a professional pest control company, like Catch-It Wildlife & Pest Control in Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka. These companies have access to pesticides that are incredibly effective when it comes to eradicating these insects.
A pest control company may also guide you to use non-chemical means to eradicate the bed bugs. From time to time, methods such as vacuuming up the insects, heat treatment or even wrapping up your bed may be a better solution.
If bed bugs seem to have made their way into your home, you will probably need the help of professionals. At Catch-It Wildlife & Pest Control of Kansas City, Lawrence, & Topeka, we have experience handling bed bug infestations and would be happy to help you get rid of these pesky parasites. Feel free to contact us using the contact form on the top right of this page, or you can give us a call...