If you have any problems with bed bugs, or any other insect, then it’s time to call your Tulsa exterminator for help. Everyone deserves a full nights rest. Sleep is one of the most important things that you’ll need to be able to function in your day-to-day life. Bed bugs are a parasite that specializes in taking the sleep that we have from us. These blood feeders are insects that attack us at night when we’re most vulnerable. In this article, let’s take a good hard look at bedbugs, their life cycle, and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to get rid of these insects from your home.

BED BUG HISTORY AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR

Bed bugs are an insect that we’ve been dealing with since almost the beginning of time. Archaeologists have found pictures of bed bugs on cave wall paintings. The Romans wrote about them. The Middle Ages had spell books that used bed bugs in their recipes, and of course we have them today. 

It’s believe that originally, this insect was an offshoot of the bat bug. If you look at a bedbug side-by-side with a bat bug, the differences are almost impossible to find. It takes a trained entomologist to know the difference between a bed bug and a bat bug. It’s believed that when we were cave dwellers, bats were roosting above us. Bat bugs that fed on the bats above us decided to climb down the walls and see what human blood tasted like. Some of those bat bugs enjoyed the flavor and became the predecessors to the modern day bed bug. While this is an unproven, it’s very viable and believed by many scientists. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for more information.  

BED BUG SIGNS AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR

But how would you know if you had a bed bug issue? The usual telltale signs are bites. These insects bite when we’re sleeping. Afterwords, you’ll often have a small bump much like a mosquito bite that itches. Some people have a much larger allergic reaction. In the same vein, there are some people that don’t have any reaction whatsoever. These people usually don’t even believe they’re getting bit. 

In addition to bites, it’s often that we can find the bugs themselves. Bed bugs are an orangish, brown color and about the size and shape of an apple seed. Often, you’re going to find them wedged in the seams of mattress. Here you will also find their eggs. Eggs are small, whitish yellow in color and resemble the size of a grain of rice. If you’re seeing these in the mattress seams, then you probably have an issue. Call your Tulsa exterminator for help.  

BED BUG FEEDING AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR

When bed bugs feed, they force their mouth parts into the skin and draw blood. When they remove their mouth parts, the skin will bleed a little bit. This often leaves a small red dots on the sheets or mattress of your bed. In addition to this, bed bugs will often defecate where they eat, and where they harbor. Small black dots can be found anywhere this is happening. If you’re seeing red and black dots on your mattresses or your sheets, this could be a sign that you have a problem with bedbugs. You often will see these red and black dots surrounding the harborage points. It’s important to pull the sheets back and do a thorough inspection to see if you have them.

When bed bugs populations, get extremely high, often some of the bed bugs will flee up the walls. You’ll see bed bugs at the crease between the wall and the ceiling of rooms with extremely heavy populations. If you’re seeing bed bugs on your walls, then it’s definitely time to call Tulsa exterminator. 

The reason bed bugs will go up the walls is because of the way that they mate. Bed bugs use the process of mating known as traumatic insemination. The female bed bug has no exterior openings for sexual contact. Because of this, the male will attempt to break through the exoskeleton of the female in order to insert his reproductive material. While the female is usually OK with this once or twice, with heavy populations, the males are insatiable. It could be life-threatening for the female if there are so many males trying to mate with her. In order to protect yourself, females will crawl up the side of the wall in order to get away from all the males.

BED BUG SOLUTIONS AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR

If you’ve identified an issue with bed bugs in your home then its time to call a Tulsa exterminator. While there are many over-the-counter solutions, these solutions are far from effective. In the 1990s, a new family of pesticides was put into use. These pesticides were known as Pyrethrums. Pyrethrum pesticides were derive from the pesticide naturally found in the chrysanthemum plant. Because these pesticides were close to a natural alternative, they were very safe for using homes. These pyrethrum pesticides were used extensively against bed bugs during the 90s. While they were effective at first, the bed bugs developed an immunity against pyrethrums. Now, these pesticides are virtually useless against the bedbug.

 If you’re buying an over-the-counter solution, it is almost certain that it’s pyrethrum pesticide. These pesticides pretty much do nothing to stop a pet bed bug infestation. The best solution is to call your term Tulsa exterminator. They’re going to have non-repellent pesticides that are effective against bed bugs. These pesticides actually are undetectable by the bed bug. They walk through these pesticides, and then go back to their harborage point, spread the pesticide amongst all of their friends. This will wipe out the entire infestation.

If you’re having an issue with bed bugs, or any other pest, then its time to call a professional Tulsa exterminator. TermMax Pest Control is the best in the business when it comes to dealing with bed bugs or any other pests. We service the Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Coweta, Claremore, Catoosa, Owosso, Turley, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Prattville, Bixby, Jenks and much more. Call today for free estimate. We’re here to help!