Bedbugs have invaded Conroe, TX! This is thanks to the recent surge in international travel and lack of knowledge on how to properly prevent an infestation. This winter we have seen an increase in over 40% in Bedbug calls from last year to this year. But what is causing this? What is the leading force behind the bedbug population increase. To understand these questions a little better, we explore in this article some interesting bedbug facts.
Bed Bugs (Cimex Lectularius) are parasitic insects that feed off human and animal blood. They typically live within 8 feet of their host, but can go as far as 20 feet for food. Bedbugs are small (about the size of an apple seed) and typically brown or reddish-brown in color, but can vary depending on diet.
They tend to hide during the day and come out at night to feed. The bites do not hurt immediately, but it can take up to 2 days before the itchiness and irritation begins. The bites can lead to skin infections if scratched too much, but typically heal within 2 weeks.
They are not known to transmit any diseases, but can cause stress by their mere presence. Bedbugs are often introduced into an environment via luggage or personal items that contain bedbugs or their eggs. Once there is a large enough infestation, the only way to humanely remove them is by contacting a proper bedbug exterminator.
“The CDC reports that bedbugs have been found in upscale 5-star hotels as well as homeless shelters and they are becoming more common throughout the United States.”
BEDBUGS IN CONROE, TX!
Why Do I Have Bedbugs?
1. International travel (they are found in more than 70 countries)
2. Economic Instability (unemployed or poor living conditions)
3. Increase in bed bug populations over time
4. Lack of knowledge on preventative measures
5. Bedbugs can reproduce extremely quickly, with up to 500 eggs per female during her lifetime.
Do Bedbugs Always Bite?
Yes, they must feed on blood in order to survive.
Do Bedbugs Spread Disease?
No, unlike other insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, bedbugs do not transmit diseases.
How Do You Know If You Have Bedbugs?
1. Blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases (typically rusty in color)
3. Bug casings
4. An abnormal amount of bug bites, typically found on the arms, back, and shoulders rather than the face or legs 5. A sweet musty odor
How Do I Prevent Bedbugs?
1. Use a protective cover on your mattress and box spring to prevent bugs from nesting in the fabric
2. Inspect any second-hand furniture for signs of bedbugs before bringing it into your home or apartment
3. Regularly vacuum and sweep cracks and crevices where bedbugs
What Should I Do If I Have Bedbugs?
You should call CPL Pest Control for your FREE Consultation and Quote! Give us a call at 281-683-6737, we promise to inspect your home, determine if there is a problem and defend your home from bedbugs today! Give us a call and ask for Chris!
Thanks for reading!