Bed bugs are a solvable solution that you and your Tulsa exterminator can get together and take care of. Bed bugs are an insect that attack us at night. These blood feeders only feed upon human blood. They hide in our beds and sneak out attacking us when we are most vulnerable. No one should have to live and sleep in a bed that they are getting attacked by an insect in. So in order to keep the bugs away, it’s important that you know as much as you can about bed bugs. So in this article, let us take a good hard look at bed bugs, their life cycle and what you and your Tulsa exterminator can do to protect yourselves.
BED BUG HISTORY AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR
Bed bugs have been around since almost the beginning. We have many different cave paintings, and other historical references to bed bugs. The Romans have writings about them, the middle ages have love potions that use bed bugs as an ingredient in it, even the Egyptian‘s wrote hieroglyphics about bed bugs upon their walls. Most entomologists agree with a hypothesis that says the bed bugs are a direct relative of the bat bug. It is believed that when we were still living in caves, we slept underneath a bunch of roosting bats. These bat bugs would feed upon the bats and live in the roof of the cave. But a few of them would make their way down the side of the walls finding the humans and feed upon these humans. These bugs became the modern day bed bug.
While bed bugs have terrorized us for centuries, they almost went extinct back in the 1940s. At the time a new miracle pesticide came to the market. This pesticide was known as DDT. DDT could kill just about anything, and it was extensively used against bed bugs. People would take this pesticide and douse their beds and sheets in it, killing as many bed bugs as it possibly could. The chemical was so effective at killing bed bugs, that they almost completely died off. But then scientists realized that DDT was causing cancer, and immediately pulled the pesticide from use, and the bed bug started to come back. Ever since then bed bugs have been a greater and greater problem. So if you’re having a problem with bed bugs, it’s time to contact your tTulsa exterminator for help with these insects.
BEDBUG SIGNS AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR
In order to know if you have bed bugs or not, it’s important that you know what the signs look like. These insects love to hide out in the seams of mattresses. They feel safest when they can feel the ground underneath them and then a pressure from above. By cramming themselves between the seams, they take joy in this protective feeling. So often, when we search for bed bugs, will find them in these seams. In addition to the bed bugs themselves, we also find their eggs. The small yellowish white eggs are about the size of a very small grain of rice. The bed bug itself is an orangish red and its adult form is about the size and shape of an appleseed.
When bed bugs feed, a little bit of blood will be let out onto the mattress or sheets. This means that you will often see small, red dots, especially in the mattress seam areas. In addition to this, after a bed bug eats, it will often defecate. This means you’ll see also black dots around the area as well. If you’re seeing these red and black dots then you’re probably having an issue.
The bites are also another problem that you could be experiencing. But this is not necessarily a fool proof sign. Everyone responses a little differently to bed bug bites. Some people get a small mosquito bite like bump that’s itchy. Some people have large rashes and some people do not respond at all to bed bug bites. Because of this, it’s impossible to identify a bed bug simply by the bite on your skin. Contact your Tulsa exterminator for help.
DEALING WITH BED BUGS
There are many over-the-counter solutions that are attempts at killing off bed bugs. Unfortunately, these over-the-counter solutions are not effective against these insects. The biggest problem with bed bugs is that we have to treat them in our beds. When we sleep, this is normally when there is the most skin to sheet contact. Because of this, dangerous pesticides cannot be used indiscriminately. It’s important that the right chemical and the right kind of expertise when dealing with these insects.
The over-the-counter solutions are almost always using a pyrethrin type pesticide. Pyrethrins are a family of pesticides that was derived from the chrysanthemum plant. These are a natural pesticide found in these plants that is the basis for these types of pesticides. While they were very effective against bed bugs when they initially came out, bed bugs have overtime developed an immunity to them. This is a common issue with bed bugs. They are very good at becoming immune to all sorts of different chemicals.
ELIMINATING BED BUGS AND TULSA EXTERMINATOR
In order to deal with this, here at TermMax pest control we use Aprehend. Aprehend is a biological control of bed bugs. It’s a spray that has a spore suspended in it that is a natural predator to the bed bug. The spore will get on the legs of the bed bug, then be passed off between other bed bugs at their harbor point, and eventually germinate. Once the fungus sprouts, it will make its way underneath the exoskeleton and feed upon the bed bug itself. This will kill off all the bed bugs that you are dealing with.
If you have an issue with bed bugs or any other pests, then it’s time to contact a Tulsa exterminator. Here at TermMax pest control, we are the best when it comes to dealing with bed bugs or any other insect. We service a greater Tulsa area, including Broken Arrow, Sand Springs, Claremore, Prattville, Bixby, Coweta, Sapulpa, Jenks, Owasso, Turley, and so much more. Call today for free estimate. We’re here to help!