This June 7-13, 2020 is Bed Bug Awareness Week, an annual campaign in which the Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA), which serves as the public outreach arm of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), works to educate consumers about the prevalence of bed bugs.
We at Pest Control Products Depot know the importance of spreading awareness on Bed Bugs, as these are one of the highly treated pests in USA and a concern for all pest control professionals due to it increasing population.
How to identify Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are Reddish-brown to mahogany in color and turn red after a blood meal. They are flattened and oval shaped with 1/5th to 1/8th inch wide in size.
Where do you find Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs can almost be found anywhere close to where people sleep.
What threats do bed bugs cause?
Bed Bugs feed on Human blood. The bite is usually painless. The salivary fluid injected by bed bugs typically causes the skin to become irritated and inflamed, although individuals can differ in their sensitivity.
A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite. This is accompanied by severe itching that lasts for several hours to days. Scratching may cause the welts to become infected.
While these bugs are not thought of as carrying vector of transmissible diseases, they are a serious irritator and will create a lot of worry and alarm. Some individuals respond to bed bug infestations with anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
Pest Control Products Depot offers both Residential and Commercial Do It Yourself Professional Bed Bug control kits.
To help avoid bed bugs, NPMA recommends the following prevention tips:
- Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.
- Check your sheets for telltale blood spots.
- Consider bringing a large plastic trash bag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.
- Carry a small flashlight to assist you with visual inspections.
- Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of bed bugs. Consider having a pest control professional inspect the furniture as it is difficult to detect an infestation without training.
- Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.
- Seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation.
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