Bed Bugs – Read all about them

BED BUGS

Want to learn more about BED BUGS? The Queen of Clean is here to help you. Below is information we have compiled from our research.

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Most people are concerned about bed bugs and believe that infestations around the world are increasing. Therefore, we’ve provided the following research and statistics from various sources to share with you.

Where people fear encountering Bed Bugs:

    • 80% at hotels
    • 52% on public transportation
    • 49% in movie theaters
    • 44% in retail stores
    • 40% in medical facilities
    • 36% in their own homes
    • 32% places of employment and friends’ homes
    • 20% on a cruise ship or rental property

 

 

  • The fear of getting bitten topped the list of concerns
  • As the public’s awareness of the bed bug resurgence grows, people are changing their behaviors to minimize the risk of an infestation:
    • 27% have inspected or washed clothing upon returning from a trip
    • 25% have checked a hotel room for bed bugs
    • 17% have inspected or vacuumed a suitcase upon returning from a trip
    • 12% have altered or canceled travel plans because of concern about bed bugs

How Many Bed Bugs Are There?

A lot!! One out of every 5 people, in the world, have had a bed bug infestation or know someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or in a hotel.

Using NPMA’s data (https://www.npma.org/),there’s about a 10% infestation rate. Based on the 125.8 million households in the US, about 13 million households are potentially infested, not to mention the number of hotels that are infected.

Where Are the Bed Bugs?

  • Anywhere In your home (Bed, sofa, laundry basket, walls, etc.)
  • Hotels
  • Airports
  • Your car
  • Transportation (Planes, buses, cabs, ride share)
  • Movie theaters
  • Concert venues
  • Other people’s homes

 

 

The Bed Bug Story

  • According to some sources, we’ve been in a bed bug epidemic since 2010.
  • Although most Americans are reputed to be aware of and concerned about
    bed bugs, there’s little hue and cry over this epidemic.
  • Bed Bugs don’t trigger action by consumers until there’s visible evidence of an infestation e.g. bites, or a bed bug caught in a monitor, or a personal encounter with an influencer.
  • There’s no quick fix for a bed bug infestation – it’s going to take time and money to control or eradicate it.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency recommends an integrated pest management approach to controlling bed bugs that includes chemical and non-chemical techniques. See https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/getting-rid-bed-bugs

What YOU Should Know about Bed Bugs

  • Be concerned.
  • Bed bugs are the most difficult pest to eradicate.
  • Bed bugs are specialists in living next to people.
    • They hide.
    • They only come out to feed (when they’re hungry)
    • They disperse (until the infestation becomes large)
    • Despite their name, don’t focus on treating beds alone.
  • Their favorite places are apartments/condominiums and single family homes.
  • They really like hotels, too.
  • Commercial treatments to eradicate or control bed bugs are expensive:
    • Pesticide treatment for whole house: $500 – $700
    • Heat treatment for one room: $800 – $1,000
    • Professional heat treatment for the whole house: $2,000 and up
  • The first line of defense is prevention – don’t bring them home.
  • Early detection is the second line of defense – find them fast!

 

What YOU Should Do about Bed Bugs

  • Be proactive!
  • Stay vigilant!
  • Follow the EPA’s bed bug prevention guidelines.
  • Follow the Queen’s inexpensive solution listed below.

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Treat infestations with dry steam (suggestion: Vapamore MR-100 Prima for $299).

  • Follow instruction and repeat as necessary.
  • If you can’t get the results you want, get professional help.

Approach to Bed Bug Detection

   Bed Bug Detection – WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

  • The best attractant for bed bugs is carbon dioxide.
  • The second best attractant is heat.
  • Carbon dioxide and heat are impractical for mass market bed bug detection devices. They are expensive, cumbersome or dangerous.
  • Semiotic chemical-based devices are a practical and cost-effective compromise (See below).

The benefits of a Bed Bug device:

  • Small
  • Convenient
  • Inexpensive
  • Safe
  • Effective

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Bed Bug Signs

  1. You notice red stains or blood smears on sheets or pillowcases.

Unexplained bloodstains found on your light-colored sheets and pillowcases can be a result of bed bugs snacking on you and your family during the night. These rust colored stains may also be visible on furniture and clothing.

  1. You have red, itchy bites on your skin, sometimes in straight lines.

If you wake up with bug bites you don’t remember from the night before, or if the bites appear in a line, there is a good chance that you are dealing with a bed bug infestation. These bites are often very itchy. 

  1. You see tiny white eggs or eggshells, smaller than a grain of sand.

Bed bug shells are a result of a boost in the bed bug population. These clear or white-colored shells are extremely small, but are tell-tale signs of an infestation. They are often found in the corners or crevices of mattresses, in side box springs, or in carpeting.

  1. You see spots that look like ground black pepper along seams and joints in your bedding.

These dark spots may be the fecal matter left behind by bed bugs. When wiped with a wet cloth, these dark spots will smear or stain. Mattress seams, bed corners, and box springs are where these stains tend to be spotted.

  1. You see live bugs or skins left behind from bed bugs molting.

If you suspect bed bugs you should investigate your mattress. Pull back the seams, and look for signs of infestation. While the egg and fecal matter is small, you will often see it in significant amounts, as well as live adult and juvenile bed bugs hiding in the nooks and crannies.

Where Bed Bugs May Be Hiding In Your Home

Surprise, surprise – bed bugs are more than likely found in your bed, under your mattress, atop the box spring, and along head and foot boards. However, they can also be found on other furniture, crawling along the walls, and scuttling across ceilings.

  • Behind Pictures & Mirrors
  • Behind Electrical Outlets
  • Behind Headboards
  • Inside Nightstands or Dressers
  • Mattress Seams
  • Along Baseboards
  • Curtains or Drapes
  • Upholstered Furniture

Dangers of Having Bed Bugs in Your Home

Unlike mosquitoes, which can transmit a host of diseases, bed bugs do not pose the same threat. However, bed bugs do leave nasty bites that can cause severe itching, which can lead to infection if left untreated.

 

Most concentrated locations in the US for Bed Bugs

 

For more information on Bed Bugs, go to https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/introduction-bed-bugs

…or check out: https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/protecting-your-home-bed-bugs