Peak Season For Bed Bugs
October 7, 2016
This is the time of year when we get a lot more calls for bed bugs. It isn't so much that bed bugs reproduce faster this time of year. It is more a matter of how long they take to turn into a problem that most people will start to notice.
When bed bugs first hatch, they aren't much to look at. In fact, you'd be hard pressed to notice a bed bug nymph at all. They are about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. And, their skin is mostly transparent. It is only when they are engorged with blood that you would probably even take notice. So, when an infestation starts, you're not likely to notice these bugs crawling around.
Adult bed bugs aren't much bigger than nymphs. The largest a bed bug will get is about the size of an apple seed. That means, a dozen bugs crawling around in your home probably won't catch your eye either, especially since they prefer to come out when everyone has gone to sleep. Bed bugs are able to sense when the carbon dioxide levels increase in a room. This nighttime feeding schedule can help these bugs go months without being detected.
What about the bites? You would think that bed bug bites would give these blood eating pests away within the first couple of weeks but the rash that is usually associated with bed bug bites doesn't always occur. Often, it can take several bite events for skin to build up to the allergic reaction that produces a rash.
So, as you can see, it can take a little bit of time to notice a bed bug infestation. Sometimes months. So, the thing that makes bed bugs bad this time of year doesn't actually happen this time of year. It happens during the spring and summer.
Bed bugs are hitchhiking bugs. And, since humans spend a lot more time traveling around in the spring and summer months, spring and summer is when most people first come into contact with these bugs. But, they don't notice them until fall.
Are you noticing bed bugs? If so, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Stay calm. Bed bugs are only a nightmare to get rid of if you improperly treat for them.
Don't improperly treat for bed bugs. If you apply products to kill bed bugs, you have a good chance of driving these bugs into your wall voids, and you could make your problem worse.
Don't throw your stuff out. Not only can those items be saved through the proper application of a heat treatment, those items could cause an infestation for someone else.
Don't attempt a heat treatment. Heating a home evenly to above 120 degrees for 2-4 hours requires specialized equipment and specialized training.
If you find bed bugs in your home this fall, do worry. You're not alone. Bed bug infestations start to be noticeable this time of year, and these bugs are showing up more and more. But help is just a click away. If you live in our Pennsylvania service area, let the QualityPro team here at Moyer take care of those bugs.