Livonia Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) have been almost entirely removed from North America due to mass treatments with highly toxic insecticides that are no longer in use.

Frequent travel, improved methods of treatment that target other insects without harming bed bugs, and lack of public knowledge have contributed to an increase in the spread of bed bugs.

How to identify them

For help classifying any suspected specimens of bed bugs, contact an expert.

The University of Minnesota’s “Let’s Beat the Bed Bug” campaign found that 76 percent of the samples submitted for identification are not bedbugs.

  • -The adult bed bugs are about 1/4 “to 3/8” long (5-9 mm) oval, rounded, brown, and wingless species. These are similar to a wood tick in appearance.
  • -Once a blood meal has been taken by the bug his color changes from brown to purplish-red and it becomes bigger and more cigar-shaped.
  • -Young bed bugs resemble adults in shape but when they first hatch they are much smaller, 1/16 “(1.6 mm). Except after feeding, they are almost colorless.

What’s their life cycle

  • -Females lay small, oval eggs (1/16″long) in cracks and crevices after mating.
  • -In her lifetime a single bed bug can lay between 200 and 250 eggs.
  • -In 6 to 10 days, the eggs hatch and the newly emerged nymphs seek a meal for blood.
  • -Immature nymphs molt five times before reaching adulthood (they shed their outer exoskeletons).
  • -There could be three generations or more each year. All ages are present within a population that reproduces.
  • -Adult bed bugs can live in normal circumstances for around 2 to 4 months.

Bed bugs need to feed at least once before each molt, although they could feed as often as once a day.

What is the Life Cycle of a Bed Bug

Young nymphs can live for days to several months without a blood meal. Older nymphs and adults can live longer under favorable conditions with no blood meal for up to a year.

In classrooms, shopping stores, office buildings, libraries, and other public places, bed bugs are also present.

Signs you may have Bed Bugs

Look where you sleep. Usually, bed bugs are clustered together in out of the way places. But certain bed bugs, hidden from the rest of an infestation, will live on their own. The easiest way to test for an infestation is to scan for bugs in the bed where you sleep or rest.

Look particularly on and around in bedrooms:

  • -Box Springs, mattresses, bed frames, tufts, folds and mattress buttons
  • -Furniture such as desks and chairs
  • -Wallpapers, photos and clocks
  • -Cracks in wooden floors and under the tapestry edge

Be careful when you are traveling

The best chance to encounter bed bugs is while you’re traveling. Checking your room while on holiday is a healthy habit.

Take a look at your luggage where you usually put it when you reach your home and where you store it after you fly.

Although bed bugs are most frequently found in bedrooms, infestations can occur in other rooms including bathrooms, living rooms, and laundry rooms.

Northville Bed bugs have short, oval, flat bodies. They don’t have wings so they can’t fly (which is a relief), adults have that brown and copper color and when they feed, their bodies become elongated and red. They range in size from 4 to 5 mm and move steadily. They’re much smaller when they’re at their nymph stage and may be hard to see; however, this bug isn’t microscopic as popular wisdom implies.

Bed bug look a-likes

There are a few insects that can easily be mistaken for bed bugs and while there is no insect that is good to have in your room, it is important to identify them so you can know how to proceed well.

Here’s a list of the most popular bugs at home that look like (but aren’t) bed bugs:

Bat Bugs

The bat bug resembles bed bugs so much that their names even rhyme. These two are closely related so knowing their differences is important.

Bat bugs are normally found in bat nests and abandoned areas, they typically feed on such animals, but when bats migrate to cities or towns, bringing the bugs on their fur, they will infest homes and start feeding on humans. Bat bugs are also parasitic insects so they feed on blood.

The Book Louse –

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This lousy critter, also known as a psocid, can be a nuisance in large numbers and, although distinctly different in color from bed bugs, they can be confused due to how difficult it is to recognize them in plain sight. These have three body parts and are typically transparent or light brown in color.

The Flea

Because of their reproductive velocity and endurance, fleas can cause terrible infestations if not managed in time. They can’t fly but they can very much run.

Adults are about 3 mm long and their bodies are brown and flattened sideways. Their overall body shape is not so similar to bed bugs, and the fact that in the blink of an eye (when they jump) they may disappear from your sight is a clear giveaway.

How do I get rid of bed bugs?

By doing general cleaning, check the mattress, bed sheets, bed frame; check the carpets, sofas, nightstands, and dressers.

Bed bug proof mattress covers will help keep the populations from feeding but will not eradicate all the bed bugs: These can be used to cover infected mattresses to trap inside the bugs and wait for them to die. Nevertheless, it is important to note that bed bugs will go for months and even a year without feeding, so make sure that the cover is sealed properly during the period, or have the mattress and home cleaned by a Hi-Tech Pest Control Professional.

Treatment with insecticide may be used; however, Pyrethroids are the most widely used effective insecticides for bed bugs because their residual effect can also remove their eggs.

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An efficient approach is to use heat and Industrial Bed Bug System to destroy bed bugs. Clean all clothing, soft toys, bedsheets, and everything you can clean, on hot water, then use a dryer machine. Another measure for clothing can be dry cleaning which proves successful in the killing of bed bugs.

Bed Bug Exterminator Services in Michigan
ERADICATING BED BUGS

 

Getting rid of Bed Bugs is no easy tasks and involves years of experience and knowledge. One Bed Bug can deliver approximately 350 eggs in a lifetime. Eggs and Nymphs are very difficult to see with the naked eye and will hide anywhere in the Home or Business to be near humans. Professional Exterminator’s and Pest Control Operators can suggest methods and procedures but without the right equipment and knowledge you will probably have less than a 2% chance of completely eradicating all of these vicious pests. Licensed exterminators are trained to solve problems that is almost impossible for casual customers. That means your Home or Business should be treated by licensed Pest Control Exterminator’s that specialize in eradicating Bed Bugs. 

 

STOP THE FEEDING

 

Exterminator’s must first and most importantly stop the feeding, they need blood meals to keep populating and maturing. This involves Pest Control Operators removing Bed Bugs from Beds, Furniture, and areas that you spend two hours or longer. Bed Bug Technician’s must be able to locate all the harborages and Bed Bug nest’s in your Home or Business and eradicate them all, this entails the latests methods of application, equipment and knowledge. If they are not completely eradicated they will eventually hitch a ride back to your Beds or Couches and that maturation and reproduction will start all over again. Bed Bugs are one of the most difficult pests in the World to Exterminate.

 

PREVENTION

 

Bed Bugs can be found in almost every place of business like Public Transportation, College Dormitories, second hand furniture stores. Avoid coming home with Bed Bugs and introducing them to your Bed or Couch is the key. Remove and wash clothing, wash Bed Clothes, and vacuum. Practice these three things frequently and you will be successful in avoiding Bed Bug infestations. If you have a Bed Bug infestation Call the Professional’s at HI-TECH PEST CONTROL for a free Inspection and Consultation. We offer a 6 Month Warranty and Rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau. 248-569-8001. www.hi-techpestcontrol