What Is A BedBug?
Bedbugs are small insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. Bedbugs are ectoparasites, meaning they live on the skin surface. Bedbugs lay eggs in secluded areas; these eggs hatch into nymphs which mature through several molts before becoming adults. Bedbugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless and range from 1/4 to 3/8 inches (0.6 to 9.5 millimeters) long.
Bedbugs are small, brownish insects that feed on the blood of people and animals. They can be found in mattresses, bedding, furniture, and other areas where people sleep or sit. Bedbugs do not spread disease, but they can cause itchy welts.
Why Do We See An Increase In Bedbugs During Colder Weather?
BedBugs prefer warmer temperatures. Bedbugs prefer warm temperatures between 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius) and 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). Bedbugs grow fastest at around 93-95 degree Fahrenheit (34-35 degree Celsius). Bedbugs do not die easily in colder temperatures, but they will spend most of their time hiding. Additionally, the increase in travel plays an important role in Bedbug migration. Bedbugs can attach to clothing, backpacks, and other items.
Bedbugs are found in all 50 states of the United States. Additionally, Bedbugs have been reported in every county in Texas.
Houston is not alone when it comes to Bedbug infestations. Bedbugs have been found in schools, businesses, and homes throughout the United States. Bedbugs are not just a Houston problem.
Why is Houston Seeing So Many BedBugs This Winter?
Bedbugs are not just a problem in poorer areas. They’re turning up in many affluent neighborhoods as well. The City of Houston Health Department has been studying the issue and educating people about how to protect themselves from bedbug bites. Bohar Crichlow reports from the International Museum of Art and Science at Houston, “In today’s crowded world, there are good reasons for being worried about parasites — including bedbugs.” In this case, Dr. Richard Bradbury is talking about a little bug that secretes a chemical to make its host itch as it feeds on its blood. This is the bedbug.
Bedbugs can come from anywhere. That’s why they have been spreading. Even Bed, Bath & Beyond is carrying products to help control the bugs!
How Did My Home Get BedBugs?
Bugs can come into your home in many ways. Bedbugs are most often brought inside on clothing or bags. Bedbugs also spread by being carried from place to place on infested belongings. Bedbugs multiply quickly, so any Bedbug you see might be part of a larger problem. Bedbugs are not just found in the bedroom either they can be anywhere in your home!
Bedbugs are good hiders, so they can be brought in by visitors. They can even come from other apartments that have bedbugs. And then of course, they also appear elsewhere in the community. Bedbugs have small translucent wings that are of no use to them for flying, but they are excellent crawlers — which means anyone can get them just about anywhere at any time.
How Do I Get Rid of Bedbugs?
Bedbugs can be difficult to get rid of. They hide in tiny crevices and are resistant to many pesticides. In order to get rid of them, you need to call CPL Pest Control!
What Should You Do If You Think You Have BedBugs?
If you think you may have bedbugs, here are some things you can do to help identify them:
- Look for small, brownish insects that live in mattresses, bedding, furniture, and other areas where people sleep or sit.
- Check for signs of bites on your skin. Bedbug bites can cause itchy welts.
- If you think you may have bedbugs, call CPL Pest Control! We can help you get rid of these pests or your money back guaranteed!
How Does A Professional Take Care Of BedBugs?
A CPL Pest Control technician will first inspect your home to determine if you have bedbugs. Then we discuss treatment methods to get rid of them. This may include pesticides, heat treatments, or other methods.
If you have bedbugs, there are a few different treatments that can be done. Bedbugs are known to be resistant to many pesticides, so often times heat treatments are used. In order to do a heat treatment, special equipment is needed to raise the temperature of the entire room to at least 122 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours. This will kill all the bedbugs and their eggs.
There are also chemical treatments that can be done. However, these can be harmful to pets and children, so they should only be used if you have no other choice. One such treatment is called permethrin. It is sprayed on the mattress and furniture and will kill any bedbugs or eggs that it comes into contact with.
Both of these treatments should be done by a professional. Do not try to do it yourself, as you could end up doing more harm than good. Bedbugs can be very difficult to get rid of, so it is best to leave it to the professionals at CPL Pest Control.
If you have any questions about bedbugs or how we treat them, please call CPL Pest Control! 281-683-6737 for your FREE Consultation and Quote! Bedbugs are becoming an increasingly common problem and it is best to be prepared in case they show up in your home. Thank you for reading!