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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 3rd, 2022

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Most people who are bitten by bed bugs experience symptoms that include irritation, sores, or itchiness. But how should bed bug bites be treated and can they be prevented?

There are several ways of reducing the chances of getting bites, while the treatment options include good hygiene and antihistamines.

This article explores bed bug bite treatment and prevention methods in detail.

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood.

While they are a public health concern, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease through their bites.

Bed bugs use a small tube-like structure called a proboscis to pierce the skin and drink a persons blood. The pests are most active when humans are asleep, during the night and early morning.

An estimated one in five Americans have personally dealt with a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has encountered the pests.

Bed bugs can bite anywhere on the body where there is skin. Typically, bites tend to occur on areas exposed during sleeping, such as:

Many people do not feel the bite itself or develop clear symptoms other than the dots where the bug bit and some minor, surrounding inflammation and irritation. Others are considered hypersensitive to bites and develop more severe symptoms.

In most cases symptoms occur more or less immediately after the bite, but they can develop or progress over the following days as well. Without further irritation, symptoms typically resolve after a week or so.

Almost all bed bug bites will produce some degree of discomfort, typically itchiness and inflammation. Other signs and symptoms of bed bug bites include:

Individual characteristics of the bugs bite and the person who is bitten also influence the resulting sore.

While fairly rare, some people have or develop severe reactions and symptoms from bed bug bites. Serious symptoms that require medical attention include:

Living with bed bugs can cause additional health complications:

There are relatively few treatments options when it comes to uncomplicated bed bug bites.

The first recommended line of treatment involves cleaning the wound, ideally with soap and water.

For itchy bites, the following may relieve minor symptoms:

Most wounds heal on their own within a week, sometimes two.

If severe swelling, inflammation, or itchiness occurs or persists, a person should seek medical attention.

A dramatic immune response may be a sign of an allergic reaction. If this is the case, one of the following may need to be administered:

If infection occurs, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Severe itchiness may result in further complications, such as infection or scarring. If severe itching is experienced, people may be prescribed corticosteroid creams and antihistamine pills or liquid.

One way to help prevent exposure and potential infestations by bed bugs is to be able to recognize bed bugs and distinguish them from other pests.

In a 2017 study, some 35 percent of polled American business travellers and 28 percent of leisure travellers were unable to tell a bed bug apart from other household pests.

Common characteristics of nymphs (young bed bugs) include:

The nymphs are easier to see if they have just feed when the blood fills their abdomen, giving it a reddish brown color.

Adult bed bugs are typically far easier to spot than nymphs. Identifiable characteristics of most adult bed bugs include:

Controlling bed bugs needs the identification and complete removal or destruction of the pests eggs.

On average, one female can produce at least 345 eggs over her lifetime. Egg-laying females often increase the volume and frequency of feeding to support their brood.

Common characteristics and signs of bed bug eggs include:

The key to preventing bed bug bites is to stop the insects entering, feeding, and breeding in human environments.

In the daytime, bed bugs often seek refuge in the cracks and crevices of furniture, flooring, walls, and mattresses.

The seams and folds of upholstered furniture can also offer an ideal hiding place. Bed bugs have been known to persist in vacuum canisters or units.

The insects tend to pick hiding spots near human sleeping quarters, including bedrooms. Bed bugs found in other rooms are usually a sign of a severe infestation.

Areas where bed bug infestations commonly occur include:

Items commonly responsible for spreading bed bugs include:

Bed bugs do not have a preference between sanitary, messy, or unsanitary conditions.

They can, however, be found at higher rates in places, such as hotels, if infestations are not properly cleared.

Home tips for preventing, controlling, and clearing bed bug infestations include:

In severe or persistent cases, furniture or infected items may need to be destroyed, ideally by burning.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 3rd, 2022

From your mattress and box spring to your carpet and baseboards, bed bugs can nest almost anywhere in your home.

In fact, many bed bug infestations occur within a few feet of their food source (humans), like near a bed or other close furniture. And because of their small size, they can hide in crevices as tiny as nail indentations in your wall. As a result, these pests can be very difficult to get rid of.

Successfully getting rid of bed bugs relies on early detection, proper preparedness and correct treatment methods. One such method is heat treatment, which may be appropriate in cases where a home, apartment, or hotel room is heavily infested. Heat treatment much less whole-house heat treatment is typically only used as a last resort when other more appropriate methods may be more suitable.

While a professional will determine the best course of treatment once a bed bug problem has been diagnosed, it can be helpful to better understand what heat treatment may entail, if it is an option that your bed bug professional recommends.

Prices for bed bug heat treatments can vary, depending on factors such as the type of heat treatment used, the size of your home, and the severity of the bed bug infestation. A bed bug control professional will be able to visit your property to provide a customized estimate based on the situation.

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Bed bugs die when exposed to high temperatures for an extended period. If performed properly, heat treatment for bed bugs can be a highly effective procedure.

When bed bug control professionals do a full-room heat treatment, the temperature in your home rises to as much as 145 F. Rather than heating the entire house, Terminix professionals use targeted heat in the form of steam in infested areas, alongside other techniques to kill bed bugs.

During a bed bug heat treatment, industrial-sized electric heaters are used to maintain high levels of heat to help ensure all bed bugs are eliminated. The entire process can be completed in about 69 hours. there are, in some instances, cool spots where some bed bugs may look to in order to escape the heat and survive.

While whole room heat treatments can take hours, the temperature isn't high enough to cause permanent damage to the structure of your house.

Although heat treatment can be quite effective when done by a professional and under the right circumstances, it's important that all people, pets, plants, and heat-sensitive items be removed from the treated area for several hours. Your bed bug control professional will advise you when it is safe to return to your home, as well as advise you on safely returning objects that were removed prior to heat treatment.

The majority of items in your home can probably handle the temperature of a bed bug heat treatment. However, some things must be removed, including:

Before heat treatment begins, talk to your bed bug control professional to figure out what items can stay put throughout the process. Vulnerable items can be placed in storage bins and left outside your house for the duration of the treatment. Let your bed bug control professional know about these items, as they may need to inspect and treat them separately to ensure you don't reintroduce bed bugs into your home.

Other steps you can take to help protect items from bed bug heat treatment are:

Another treatment method used to control a bed bug problem is the use of a hot box. A hot box uses sustained heat to get rid of bed bugs on items like shoes, clothing, linen and even luggage.

While you can perform spot-treatments to kill bed bugs on infested items such as clothing and bedding by running them through a 30-minute cycle at the highest heat setting in a clothes dryer, this will only kill bed bugs on infested items. Although this is an important part of a system of bed bug control solutions, it will not control a bed bug issue by itself.

Generally, a dryer is used for clothing and linens while a heat chamber is used for the things that you can't put into a dryer. Lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 118122F. To help kill bed bugs in all their life cycle stages, hot boxes reach a higher temperature than this lethal range.

When using a hot box, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter, making sure to pay attention to everything from heat sources to proper ventilation. Not doing so could result in fires or damage to your belongings. The same goes for using your dryer to kill bed bugs: Make sure items are dryer safe before attempting this method.

Technically, yes. Steam is another form of heat that can help kill adult bed bugs along with their larvae and eggs. However, the types of steamers that most people have access to (carpet cleaners or clothes steamers) don't reach high enough temperatures to effectively kill bed bugs, which is why it is important to look to a bed bug control expert, as they have access to professional-grade equipment that is more effective.

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. If you think you have bed bugs in your home, don't wait to contact a bed bug control professional. An experienced Terminix technician can evaluate your home and help determine the best course of treatment to help kill bed bugs.

Contact Terminix today for your free bed bug inspection.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on February 3rd, 2022

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Rest assured, thats a big deal for Team Walker at the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Big in that Laura Walker and the Albertans are one big happy family for the national curling championship.

And big in that they are getting the sleep that it takes to finally break through for the big one in Thunder Bay.

Cant complain, said Walker on Tuesday after a big 11-5 triumph over Yukon in the morning draw moved Alberta to 3-2 in the jam-packed Scotties standings. We know we have some work to do to pick up our play a little bit, but overall, we feel good and ready to keep going.

But no bedbugs, and especially right now with a bye (Tuesday night), we are able to rest.

The Scotties field has come to learn theres no sleeping on Walker & Co.

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Thats because the Albertans have been slowly on the rise.

Their 3-4 eye-opener in a first-time trip to the nationals two years gave way to 2021s third-place finish in Calgary, when the rink from Edmontons Saville Community Sports Centre was met by but, for the most part, overcame many restless moments.

Never mind the strangeness of the bubble itself.

There were baby challenges, as well.

One was the absence of lead Nadine Scotland for the Scotties, as she elected to skip bubble life during COVID concerns while being pregnant for the first time.

Another was the day/night business at hand for Walker herself, as she brought her baby boy into the safe-zone at WinSport.

But neither issue is in play this year.

For sure, the sleep will be nice, but its a long time to be away from him, said Walker of being apart from young Liam for this championship. This will be the longest we will be apart.

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Indeed, its a different Scotties for the skip.

Not that it was a nightmare last year not even close. Walker found her way as both a mother and a true curling contender at the same time.

When I was at the hotel with Liam, I was Mom, and as soon as I stepped into our pre-game meeting, I was curler, and the only way I could do it and stay sane was to just switch back and forth, Walker said. And I think that really helped me out on the ice. I was able just to be 100% there and know that my little guy was back in the hotel after the game and had no idea what happened out on the ice.

What happened, of course, was a gutty run of six straight wins, including in a tiebreaker over Manitoba legend Jennifer Jones, to reach the semifinal.

Even though the Albertans lost to 9-3 to Kerri Einarson to fall shy of the final, with the bronze effort signalling their arrival as a bona fide contender on the Scotties scene.

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Dare to dream this year in Thunder Bay then?

Obviously, it can really suck to keep knocking and not have the door open, said Walker, referring to not yet reeling in a big prize despite their ascent to curling contention. But we just really have stayed true to who we are as a team and supporting each other and to the process that we believe will get us there. And eventually we started seeing some success, and that becomes really encouraging when you do start to see that success to just keep doing what youre doing.

And hopefully if you do knock loud enough, the door will open.

Of course, theyre hoping that happens this weekend.

But to get there, Alberta really needs another run like last year. A third loss, with Wednesdays contest against Nova Scotia the next game on the schedule, would put a big dent in their playoff hopes.

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All this after coming into these Scotties believing they had hit their stride.

Nadine had her little guy, Colby, so she was away for a little while, Walker said. So when she came back, we had a little relearning to do there for awhile, so we had a dip in the middle of the season there. Now that shes been back for awhile, weve been firing on all cylinders and are really comfortable and starting to play better and better.

Looking back, I wish we couldve peaked at the Olympic trials.

But that week in late November seemed to work against the Walker crew, too.

The challenges thrown at them at the Roar of the Rings in Saskatoon ranged from bedbugs in their hotel rooms to emergency dental surgery mid-event for second Taylor McDonald. And third Kate Cameron missed a game while being quarantined in her room for a few days with a stomach flu.

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It was like anything you wanted to throw at us that week was thrown at us, said Walker of an underwhelming 3-5 Olympic trials. I dont think any of that affected how we played on the ice. It just wasnt our week unfortunately. I think we learned a lot from that.

Perhaps just in time to make it work for them in Thunder Bay.

We certainly peaked at provincials (in early January) and had a really great week there and felt we were never out of it in our minds, and I think thats a huge thing that we just really believe we can win every game, Walker added. were going into it with a mind-set that our main goal is to win the event. And were playing with a lot of confidence right now because of our experience as a team over the last few years. Were starting to play better and better and hanging in there with the best of them.

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There will be fans in the stands for the Scotties playoffs, after all.

Curling Canada announced Tuesday it has invited volunteers and junior curlers into Fort William Gardens for the action Friday through Sunday, free of charge. That is as long as they meet COVID protocols.

In total, 348 volunteers registered to help out with the event. The invited juniors number 37 and are all from the Thunder Bay area.

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Tuesday came and went without Tracy Fleury on the ice for Team Wild Card 1 (3-1). The star skip remains in COVID protocol. That didnt stop her rink, skipped by Selena Njegovan, from putting up a key 9-4 win over Team Wild Card 2s Chelsea Carey (2-2) In other matinee action Tuesday, Team Wild Card 3s Emma Miskew (3-3) thumped Nunavuts Brigitte MacPhail (0-6) 14-1, Newfoundland & Labradors Sarah Hill (2-3) tripped up Northern Ontarios Krista McCarville (3-2) 8-5 and Saskatchewan Penny Barker (3-2) dumped Prince Edward Islands Suzanne Birt (2-4) 9-6 The evening games saw Canadas Kerri Einarson (6-0) wrap up a playoff spot by beating Yukons Hailey Birnie (0-5) 6-4, Quebecs Laurie St-Georges (2-3) lose to Northwest Territories Kerry Galusha (4-1) 7-6, Ontarios Hollie Duncan (2-4) beat B.C.s Mary-Anne Arsenault (1-5) 9-6 and Manitobas Mackenzie Zacharias (3-1) drop a tough one to Nova Scotias Christina Black (3-2) 7-6 The morning draw also saw the Northwest Territories earn an 8-6 upset of Manitoba, Canada double up B.C. 10-5 and Ontario earn its first win with an 8-6 top of Nova Scotia Wednesdays Scotties schedule consists of Draws 13, 14 and 15 at 9 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET respectively. All the draws are on TSN.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Toronto Bed Bugs on January 27th, 2022

When a person notices that their home may have bed bugs, the first action they should consider is contacting the services of a professional that has quite a bit of experience in this field. This is because, in most cases, it can be difficult to resolve the problem without the aid of the right tools and products. A professional team brings both the knowledge and the expertise needed to ideally remove all kinds of bed bugs and pests from ones home. Michigan-based Hi-Tech Pest Control is one such bed bug and pest control extermination service that has retained their spot as the top option for the people of the area since 1986.

The company has managed to cement their position among the community through their strong focus on quality and consistency. They offer all customers a 6-month long warranty, showcasing the sheer belief they have in their work. In addition to their high quality, Hi-Tech Pest Control believes in offering a cost-effective solution. The pest control company provides some of the markets most affordable offers while also being one of the fastest and most responsive names in Michigan.

As the leading bed bug exterminator in the area, Hi-Tech Pest Control has largely streamlined their methodology and follow a tried and tested process to uncover all affected areas. They begin by carefully inspecting any areas of the house or facility that they think may be infected with bed bugs. After this, the treatment process begins which leads to the eradication of eggs and hidden bugs. Finally, with the use of modern technology, they can cleanse the entire premises.

The companys worthwhile services have become a consistent option for people of Southeastern Michigan. As someone that has spent over 3 decades in the area, they have succeeded in cementing their position as the top name amongst the community.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 18th, 2022

Bug bites are common and can come from bedbugs, mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, and other creatures. Many bites require nothing more than wound care at home, but others require medical attention.

Insect bites often cause an inflamed lump or spot on the skin, which may itch or change color. In lighter skin, many bug bites cause redness. In darker skin, they may cause the skin to turn purple or dark brown.

Correctly identifying the type of bug bite someone has is important for knowing how to treat it, particularly if they develop systemic symptoms after receiving the bite. These are symptoms that affect the whole body, such as a fever.

This article discusses how to identify bug bites, including those caused by bedbugs, mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and spiders. It also explains when to seek medical help for a bite.

The human bedbug is a type of insect that relies entirely on human blood to survive. They are flat, oval-shaped insects around 36 millimeters (mm) long, with a red or brown color. They often live in mattresses but can also live in cushions, bed frames, and crevices in floors and walls.

Bites from bedbugs usually appear on someones face, neck, hands, or arms. The symptoms include small, raised bumps that occur in clusters or straight lines. The bites will be itchy but not painful.

If there are bedbugs in the home, the symptoms of the bites may take as long as 14 days to develop. Other signs of a bedbug population in the home include:

Although bedbugs do not spread disease, there is a risk as an individual may have an allergic reaction to the bites or get a secondary infection.

The treatment for bedbug bites aims to reduce itchiness. A doctor may recommend a topical steroid cream and oral antihistamines. If a secondary infection develops, this may require treatment with antibiotics.

The only way to entirely rid the home of bedbugs is to use insecticides. These chemicals are toxic, and so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends contacting the propertys landlord or a professional pest control company to ensure safe removal.

Learn more about bedbug bites.

Mosquitoes are small flying insects that feed on blood. They have delicate wings, legs, and special feeding apparatus that allows them to bite into the skin. As a mosquito feeds, its saliva enters the skin. It is this that causes an itchy, swollen bump.

The symptoms of a mosquito bite can vary. The bite may present as:

In people who have more severe reactions to mosquito bites, the symptoms may include:

Treatment for mosquito bites aims to ease symptoms. People may benefit from applying ice packs, topical corticosteroids, and oral antihistamines.

Some mosquitoes can spread serious diseases. The risk for these depends on the species of mosquito and the geographical region where the bite occurs. Mosquitoes can transmit:

If a person develops any symptoms in addition to the bite, such as a fever, chills, headaches, or vomiting, they should speak with a doctor as soon as possible.

Learn about some home remedies to ease the symptoms of mosquito bites.

Ticks are arachnids that have eight legs and a pair of claws. They may have a hard or soft body and are usually flat before they feed, becoming rounder afterward.

Tick bites are often painless and do not always produce any symptoms. However, they can latch onto the skin and stay there for hours or days. As a result, the easiest way to identify a tick bite is to find the tick itself if it is still on the skin.

If the tick is no longer on the skin, there may be no signs of a bite. Some people may experience:

Some ticks can also spread diseases, which may cause symptoms if a person contracts them. Examples of tick-borne diseases include:

If a tick bite transmits Lyme disease or RMSF, a person may develop a distinctive rash. In Lyme disease, the rash can resemble a bullseye with the tick bite at the center. Around 7080% of people who get Lyme disease will have this rash.

In RMSF, the rash resembles pinpoint dots or splotches, but the appearance can vary widely over the course of the disease.

Treatment for tick bites depends on whether the tick is still attached to the skin. If it is, people should carefully remove the tick with tweezers, grasping them as close to the skin as possible and smoothly pulling upwards.

Removing a tick within 24 hours of the bite may reduce the chance of any disease transmission. Usually, it takes 3648 hours before a tick transmits the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.

After the tick is out of the skin, dispose of it by placing it in a sealed bag or container, wrapping securely in sticky tape, or flushing down a toilet. Do not try to squash the tick between the fingers.

An uncomplicated bite only requires routine wound care. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol or soap and water, and monitor for signs of infection. A person may require topical steroids or antihistamines for severe itching.

If someone develops any other symptoms, they should speak with a doctor as soon as possible, mentioning that they recently had a tick bite.

If a person regularly visits areas with a high number of ticks, they should take precautions to prevent bites. Cover exposed skin wherever possible, and check the skin thoroughly for ticks before reentering the home.

Learn more about Lyme disease prevention.

Fleas are tiny insects that measure up to 4 mm long and are reddish in color. They prefer to feed on the blood of mammals and birds but may bite humans too. The bites they cause may appear as several small red bumps or blisters and can be intensely itchy.

In cases of severe itching, scratching can break the skin, allowing a secondary bacterial infection to develop. This may cause swelling, warmth, or pus to leak from the bite.

Rarely, flea bites can transmit serious diseases, including tularemia, endemic typhus, and bubonic plague.

Treatment for flea bites focuses on reducing itching until the bites heal. A doctor may suggest calamine lotion, steroid cream, or oral antihistamines.

Learn more about flea bites.

Spiders are carnivorous arachnids. Unlike ticks, to which they are related, spiders do not feed on the blood of animals or humans. Instead, they eat insects.

Many spider species have a venomous bite or sting that immobilizes their prey. If a spider is threatened or disturbed by a human, it may bite or sting them. The symptoms and severity of the bite vary widely depending on the species of spider.

Potential symptoms of a spider bite include:

In North America, the two spiders with the greatest potential to cause harm are the black widow and brown recluse spiders.

Although brown recluse spider venom is potentially very dangerous, most bites cause minimal symptoms. Some may develop an area of pale or blue discoloration around the bite. A more severe complication is necrosis or tissue death.

Black widow venom does not cause necrosis, and often, the bites cause no severe reactions. If it does, a person may have severe muscle spasms and pain in the chest, lower back, and abdomen. Other symptoms include:

Severe symptoms typically happen up to 6 hours following the bites and may last up to 2 days.

Most spider bites do not cause significant symptoms. Often, people can reduce any pain at home by applying ice to the area and taking acetaminophen. In some cases, people may require a tetanus shot if they have not had one recently.

However, if someone is concerned that the spider that bit them may be dangerous, they may wish to consult a doctor.

The biggest challenge in treating spider bites is identifying the type of spider that caused it. If a person sees the spider, they should try to remember the shape, size, color, and any markings on the spiders body. This may help a doctor diagnose and treat the bite.

People should seek immediate medical attention if they develop severe or systemic symptoms after a spider bite.

Learn more about identifying and treating spider bites.

Most insect bites are minor and do not require medical attention. However, it is important to seek immediate help if the following occur:

These symptoms can indicate anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction that can be life threatening.

Other symptoms that a person should speak with a doctor about include:

Bug bites may look different depending on the creature that caused them, as well as a persons skin tone, the location of the bite, and other factors.

Bedbugs and fleas typically cause small, itchy bumps to appear on the skin, whereas tick bites sometimes cause no symptoms at all. Mosquito bites tend to look puffy and raised after they first appear, while spider bites may have noticeable puncture marks.

However, it is always best to consult a doctor for a diagnosis if a person has any concerns about a bite, as they can vary in appearance and severity.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 16th, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found that skin triglycerides, or lipids, prevent bed bugs from staying very long on human hosts. Their finding could lead to new management strategies for this important human pest.

We already knew that human body odors, carbon dioxide and warmth attract bed bugs to feed on people. Our latest research shows the reason they do not stay on humans like other pests, such as lice, is due to lipids or triglycerides in our skin that cause them to leave their hosts and hide in nearby locations, such as beds and mattresses, said Zach DeVries, assistant professor of urban entomology with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

DeVries and Sudip Gaire, UK post-doctoral scholar, tested this latest finding by rubbing a strip of filter paper on participants skin to collect samples. Research participants represented numerous ages and ethnicities. They also tested the theory on multiple populations of bed bugs raised in the lab and collected in the field.

Our findings were consistent across all triglyceride types, all participant groups and all bed bug populations, DeVries said. Bed bugs nearly always preferred the control filter strip to the one containing skin triglycerides.

The bed bugs do not like to sit on skin triglycerides and refuse to stay on surfaces that contain triglycerides, Gaire said. We got tremendous results by using only a small amount of triglycerides.

While further research is needed to explore why bed bugs do not like the triglycerides and if there are other potential bed bug repellents in human skin, DeVries and Gaire think this could be an important beginning to more effective bed bug control.

There may be several potential management opportunities from our finding, DeVries said. Its possible that our findings could be used to deter bed bugs from hitchhiking on peoples belongings, thus reducing their spread.

Additional researchers in the study include Russell Mick, Richard Santangelo and Coby Schal from North Carolina State University and Grazia Bottillo and Emanuela Camera from the San Gallicano Dermatological Institute in Rome, Italy.

The researchers were funded by grants UK received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and National Institutes of Health and grants North Carolina State University received from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Blanton J. Whitmore Endowment.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the?U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of an award KYHHU0061-20 totaling $400,000, 100% of which was funded by HUD.?

Research reported in this publication was supported by the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number DP5OD028155. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 16th, 2022

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Bed bugs and rats, oh my.

These are the top pest problems searched online by Toronto residents.

In Canada, in the past 12 months, online searches for pest control were up 200%, according to a Confused.com report.

Torontonians struggle with bed bugs the most and they created 1,300 searches for how to get rid of bed bugs, according to the report

Of all the pest problems analyzed in the country, these bed bugs had 8,100 monthly searches for how to get rid of bed bugs on average.

This is a 49% increase in the last year.

Getting rid of rats is the second leading pest problem invading Canadian homes with 8,100 monthly searches for art traps.

But the search for rat traps only increased by 23% in the last year.

In Toronto, there was an average of 880 online searches per month for rat traps.

People in Toronto have searched for ways to get rid of these pests 720 times a month on average.

Experts say eliminating these pests needs to be done as quickly as possible as an infestation can reduce the value of the home by up to 20%

If an infestation is allowed to grow the home could be worth up to $33,000 less because of pest damage.

Insurance companies dont always cover the cost of all pest removal, or repair any damage.

Homeowners and renters should read the fine print of your policy details as some providers have different definitions as to what a pest is. For example, the removal of a beehive might not be covered whereas a mouse infestation could be more likely to be covered, said Jessica Willock, a home insurance expert at Confused.com.

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Howard Bright, president and founder of Anti-Pesto Bug Killers, said to keep the pests away it is important to keep a clean home as pests are attracted to sources of food like dirty dishes, leftover food, and unsealed containers.

If you dont plan on hiring a professional, experts suggest baits and traps are a good DIY option to get rid of pests.

Liquid concentrates can get rid of pests overnight.

Once diluted in water, liquid concentrates can be sprayed in the cracks and crevices of your home where pests are most to be.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 12th, 2022

No, this is not a list you want to make on an annual basis. But Cedar Rapids, Iowa has done it. Actually, they've even moved higher up on the list, which is troubling, to say the least!

Among the things that continue to spread around the nation, other than COVID, are bed bugs. The little critters can hitch rides and travel from city to city with ease. And as PRNewswire points out, the lack of staffing in the hospitality industry the little bugs are probably not being monitored as closely as they should be. The annual list that has just been released is based on data from the Orkin company. It looks at the metro areas where the company performed the most bed bug treatments between December of 2020 through November 30th, 2021.

The city of Chicago has the honor of being the worst city in the nation for bed bugs. Rounding out the top five are the cities of Philly, New York, Detriot, and Baltimore. But Cedar Rapids also makes this list, coming in at #30, up five spots from last year. Not exactly the list you want to be featured on if you want to boost tourism to your city. So what can be done?

PRNewswire says that the folks at Orkin provide these tips. First, at your home;

During travel, Orkin suggests you remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P.

Hopefully, by following some of these tips, you can avoid staying someplace that has bed bugs, and avoid bringing them back home with you!

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

Here are 50 of your favorite retail chains that no longer exist.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 11th, 2022

While bed bug and flea bites may look similar, there are ways to tell them apart. Discover how to spot the difference and tell if its a bed bug or fleasTHINK YOU HAVE BED BUGS?Use BugID to find out

Regardless of whether you're dealing with bed bugs or fleas, you want them gone from your home. Now. But before you drive yourself crazy scratching, it's important to know which of the two nearly invisible arthropods you're dealing with. Treatments are necessary in both cases. However, depending on whether you have bed bugs or fleas, the most effective treatment will differ.

While both require a warm-blooded host to provide blood meals, fleas tend to prefer feeding on hairy or furry animals such as cats and dogs. Bed bugs prefer feeding on your family.

To this end, cats, dogs and other animals (including outdoor wildlife) are generally associated with bringing fleas into the home, as opposed to bed bugs, which are generally brought in by people.

While fleas can live several months without a host in the pupa stage, adult fleas can only live about two weeks. Adult bed bugs can survive up to a year between feedings.

One flea can lay between 150 and 300 eggs every week. One bed bug can lay 200 in a lifetime (approximately 10 months to one year).

Bed bugs do not fly or jump. They have to crawl across your bed to feed. Fleas can jump almost 200 times their body length: 13 inches. This helps them transfer between hosts and "hitch rides" to travel to new sources of food (i.e., you and your family).

While bed bugs have not been discovered to pass on human pathogens, fleas have the ability to spread diseases such as typhus, plague and cat-scratch fever.

If you've captured one of these little assailants, immobilize the pest with a piece of clear tape. This will ensure it doesn't escape to bite again while also allowing you to examine the bug before showing it to your professional pest control experts. Here's how to tell if you've caught bed bugs or fleas:

If you're scratching at red marks on your body, you likely already have an infestation. If you have children and pets, check for signs of bites on them as well. Here are a few things that will help you figure out whether you have fleas or bed bugs, although it is important to remember that bite marks depend on the person and can be very situational:

Whether you have bed bugs or fleas, there's only one true solution:kill them now. Call Terminix at the first sign of intrusion; even one bloodthirsty biter can take over your family's home.

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 11th, 2022

Vampires are all around us in the form of insects. Blood-sucking bugs, or bugs that feed on human blood, are parasites that often prefer warm-blooded, mammalian hosts, including people and their pets. For some people, the bites of these insects that feed on blood can leave behind itchy and irritating marks. Worse, some can transmit disease pathogens. But which insects that feed on blood should you watch out for? The following pests are ectoparasites (live on the outside of their host) that should be at the top of your list.Mosquitoes

Adult mosquitoes are small, long-legged flying insects with hairy wings and extended mouthparts. Female mosquitoes use these needle-like mouthparts to puncture their victim's skin and feed on their blood. Female mosquitoes need a protein-rich meal for their eggs to develop. Male mosquitoes dont bite because they dont feed on blood at all. While getting their protein from their victim's blood, the mosquito injects saliva-containing anticoagulants that keep the blood from clotting.

Because mosquitoes feed on blood from multiple hosts, they can pick up some types of disease pathogens from one infected individual (animal or human) and transmit them to another one. Mosquitoes are known vectorsof several diseases, including malaria, West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis and canine heartworm disease (which affects dogs only).

To help control mosquitoes, eliminate standing water in your yard to deny them breeding sites. Be sure your doors, windows and their accompanying screens fit tightly, keeping them closed during peak mosquito activity from dusk to dawn. You can also contact a mosquito control professional.

Bed bugs are tiny, reddish-brown insects with flattened (unless they have recently fed), oval bodies. They typically hide in cracks and crevices during the day. Bed bugs are nocturnal, emerging at night to feed on blood. Sleeping individuals are easy prey for bed bugs, as they are likely going to be the first warm-blooded bodies the bed bugs will encounter.

Bed bugs use a piercing sucking mouthpart to feed on blood, and their bodies become swollen and dull red after their meals. Bed bug bites, which look similar to mosquito or flea bites, can appear on some people. If you think you have bed bug bites, you should seek professional medical care.

There are other signs to look for other than bites. And bed bugs are notoriously difficult to control. That's why, if you suspect bed bugs in your home, we recommend that you contact a bed bug control professional for help.

Fleas are reddish-brown, wingless blood-feeding insects with jumping abilities. Adult fleas must feed on blood, and some species require blood to reproduce.

Fleas usually live and breed near pet beds and other pet resting places. If you have fleas in your home, they may feed on your blood as well as your pets (some species prefer pets over people). Fleas usually bite your ankles and the lower parts of your legs. Even a single flea bite to a hypersensitive person or animal can cause intense itching and irritation.

To help get rid of fleas inside your house, wash or replace all pet bedding. Note: Refer to your materials manufacturers instructions before washing. To help get rid of flea eggs, larvae and pupae, vacuum areas where pets sleep, the edges of rooms and under furniture and throw rugs. There are different phases of flea control. One is the environment, which Terminix can help with. The other is your pet, which you should consult your veterinarian about.

Ticks are not insects, but are actually arachnids. Their closest cousins are spiders and scorpions. But they are significant blood-feeding ectoparasites, several species of which frequently take human beings for their hosts. Also, ticks don't just bite once and then depart. They attach themselves to their host and feed until they are full. That can take several days, and, in the process, the tick will enlarge. An adult tick with eggs can actually grow many times larger than its size.

The deer tick (also known as the black-legged tick) can be found in developed areas. Adult deer ticks are dark brown or black with a lighter-colored abdomen and eight legs. To locate a host, deer ticks practice a behavior known as "questing." While questing, a deer tick will move toward high ground for example, the top of a blade of grass or the end of a branch and wait with its forelegs outstretched for a potential victim to pass by. If you've been out hiking or camping in brushy or densely wooded areas, it's always a good idea to perform a tick inspection upon returning home.

There are several tick species that can spread the pathogen that may cause Lyme disease, including the deer tick in the Northeast and the western blacklegged tick in the western U.S.

The best protection against ticks is to help prevent them from successfully completing their quest for a host. If you know you are going to be outdoors for an extended period, be sure to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks that cover your ankles and a hat.

Have any of these insects that feed on blood decided to make your home their home? Call Terminix today and find out how you can protect your family and your pets from these pests.

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