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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.

Source: Katie Pratt, University of Kentucky

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

Bedbugs have been around for a long time and will continue to be a menace to homeowners. A well-informed agent can address the pros and cons of different remediation techniques to help assure buyers and sellers that they can sleep soundly again at night.

It may seem hard to believe that an insect the size of an apple seed can be so prolific and cause so many problems, but bedbugs are a menace thats both expensive and time-consuming to cure.

These bugs thrive on blood and, with their needle-sized beak, bore into a hosts skin for sustenance. Bedbugs do not fly but crawl from location to location.

Bedbugs have existed for more than 3,500 years, according to fossil finds by scientists, and it is believed that they first parasitized bats and then moved onto humans. A history of bedbugs reveals that they were first found in caves where civilization began, as early as 100 A.D.

In 600 A.D, bedbugs were found in China, in 1200 A.D. in Germany, and evidence of bedbugs has been found in France in 1400 A.D. Englands first infestations were around 1583, and soon after, they traveled to the New World, hitching a ride on ships with travelers coming to what would soon be America.

Bedbugs are hardy creatures who can survive without food for a year. They are small, oval, wingless creatures that must crawl to spread. As the bugs are often concealed in clothing or furniture, they may move more rapidly by relying on humans to transport them.

Bedbugs are also prolific, as females reproduce five to seven eggs per week, for a total of 250 eggs in a lifetime. It takes between two and eleven months for the bugs to reach maturity. Bedbugs thrive in temperatures between 46 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit and typically live within eight feet of where their human hosts sleep.

Due to the small size of the fully formed bedbug, between five and seven millimeters, they are hard to see. Bedbug droppings, the size of a poppy seed, are evidence of their presence, and they emit a musty smell.

Bedbugs are not easy to see, as they are translucent unless they have recently eaten, and then appear reddish-brown. Remember, a bedbugs diet is human blood, hence their brownish color.

Bedbugs can travel, although slowly, through cracks in walls and ceilings, on pipes and through spaces between floorboards.

Extremes of temperature, both cold and hot, can kill bedbugs, once an infestation has been established. Temperatures below zero degrees will kill bedbugs, as well as temperatures above 120 degrees. The standard cure for bedbugs is to launder all fabrics in very hot water and dry them in commercial dryers at high temperatures.

On the other end of the temperature scale, one effective approach is Cryonite freezing treatment, a completely green process that uses carbon dioxide to freeze, and this terminates the bugs. Of course, the other solution is to discard furniture, bedding and clothing to ensure that the bugs are out of your home.

It is always wise to be extra careful when shopping in thrift stores or used furniture stores to be sure that there is no evidence of bedbugs. Woe to the unsuspecting individual who brings home an upholstered chair or sofa cushion that they find on the curb on trash day!

To prevent bedbugs, keeping bedrooms clutter-free and clean, including frequent vacuuming, is advised. When traveling, avoid putting suitcases on beds or the floor, instead use a luggage rack. Doing laundry often is also the key to preventing bedbugs and their spread.

Evidence of bedbugs can take the form of bites on the sleepers body, although the bites may take up to two weeks to appear. Dark spots of dried blood on sheets and mattresses are also evidence of an infestation.

If an apartment building or multifamily dwelling has had an infestation of bedbugs, notice must be given once removal and remediation have occurred. Highly trained and sensitive dogs are currently used to determine bedbug infestations. These dogs qualify for their task by eight hundred hours of training and have a 96-98 percent effectiveness in detecting bugs within a three-foot radius.

Bedbugs have been around for a long time and will continue to be a menace to homeowners. A well-informed agent can address the pros and cons of different remediation techniques to help assure buyers and sellers that they can sleep soundly again at night.

GerardSplendoreis a licensed associate real estate broker withWarburg Realtyin New York. Connect with him onLinkedIn.

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

Contrary to what you may think, bed bugs dont have a preference between a spotless space or a filthy environment. As long as they have access to a food source, they can live anywhere, so claims that bed bugs are attracted to dirt and debris are simply unfounded. That being said, clutter does make it easier for these insects to hide, which may fuel the misconceptions. Their ideal environment is warm and provides access to a blood meal. Given those conditions, you may be wondering how fast bed bugs spread? Lets look at some of their travel habits and what you need to know about how quickly they can make themselves at home.THINK YOU HAVE BED BUGS?Use BugID to find out

There's no escaping them. Bed bugs can be found in all 50 states, warns Oregon State University. And the news gets worse: Not only are bed bugs present everywhere, but the university's researchers warn that these pests "are on the rise...and not just in unsanitary locations."

Contrary to what you may think, bed bugs don't have a preference between a spotless space or a filthy environment. As long as they have access to a food source, they can live anywhere! Claims that bed bugs are attracted to dirt and debris are simply unfounded and misleading. That being said, clutter does make it easier for these insects to hide, which may fuel such misconceptions. Their ideal environment is warm and provides them with access to a human blood meal.

Given those conditions, you may be wondering how fast bed bugs spread? Let's look at some of their travel habits and what you need to know about how quickly they can make themselves at home.

Bed bugs spread so easily and so quickly, that the University of Kentucky's entomology department notes that "it often seems that bed bugs arise from nowhere."

Bed bugs don't have wings, but they spread quickly by hitchhiking and are agile and fast-moving once they're in your home. Typically, you pick up one or more of these unwanted hitchhikers when you visit a home or hotel that already has a bed bug infestation. The bed bugs hide themselves in your clothing, luggage, furniture and other items, and you inadvertently introduce them to your own house when you return home.

"Once bed bugs are introduced, they can crawl from room to room, or floor to floor via cracks and openings in walls, floors and ceilings," warns researchers at the University of Kentucky.

Bedare typically only found within about 8 feet of a person's resting space. However, what's more concerning is the distance that bed bugs spread from one infestation site to another. This distance is almost limitless due to the ability of bed bugs to survive without food for extended periods of time.

Research shows that adult bed bugs can survive for over a year without food. This means that the pests can hide on furniture, used items, clothing, footwear, luggage and other materials you've brought. They can then wait until they've traveled great distances, only to be unpacked and brought into a new home with a fresh supply of food (i.e., you and your family).

Ultimately, it can take mere minutes to travel from room-to-room, with infestations growing in a matter of weeks or months. Every day, bed bugs can lay between one and 12 eggs, and anywhere from 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Those numbers should speak for themselves if you're wondering how long it takes to get an infestation of bed bugs and how quickly those bed bugs can spread. It doesn't take long for a problem to grow out of control, so the sooner you contact a pest control professional for inspection and treatment, the better off you'll be.

Bed bugs need to take blood meals from warm-blooded hosts preferably humans to survive, and they'll hide near their sources until ready to feed. How fast bed bugs spread from room to room depends partly on how long it takes to move an infested piece of furniture, clothing, luggage and/or another household item from one room to another. They can also move throughout the house in search of other hosts. If the conditions are favorable, they'll continue breeding wherever the item (or items) is moved.

The rate of how quickly bed bugs spread from house-to-house increases the more time you spend traveling or inviting people over to your home. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, and hotels, hostels, airplanes, cruise ships and public transportation are ideal places to pick up these uninvited guests.

Bed bugs need blood meals to survive as well as to breed, but they don't physically live on human hosts. In fact, how bed bugs spread from person-to-person really doesn't have anything to do with people themselves but rather, the movement of infested items. For example, house guests could unknowingly bring them into your home from their travels and kids could bring them back on their backpacks after attending school.

Bed bugs are opportunistic, hiding and waiting until it's convenient to feed. And if their areas are disturbed, they'll find a way to move to a neighboring location, which can make the situation much more difficult to inspect and treat. Contact a Terminix bed bug control professional to get professional help in stopping the spread of bed bugs in your home.

Stopping the spread of bed bugs is all about slowing and preventing the transmission of these pests as they migrate from location to location.

First, always inspect anything that you're bringing into your home, especially if it's items from another household (e.g., used books, used clothing, used furniture, used children's toys, etc.) or if it's your own items that you used and stored in a hotel room, airplane, train, cruise ship, etc. Signs of bed bugs you should look for include:

If you notice any signs of bed bugs on your possessions, isolate the items and treat them for bed bugs before you bring them into your house.

If you're trying to stop the spread of bed bugs in the midst of an ongoing, current bed bug infestation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the following strategies are the most effective for keeping an infestation from spreading:

A bed bug infestation needs immediate professional treatment and control to keep these resilient pests from spreading throughout your entire home. Even one single missed bed bug can lead to a re-infestation if you are not careful.

At Terminix, we can help provide on-site inspections and put together a bed bug treatment plan tailored to the severity of your problem, the layout of your home and your personal lifestyle needs and preferences. Contact Terminix's bed bug professionals today!

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Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on January 1st, 2022

As we head into the New Year, here are the Top 10 most-read stories that made headlines in 2021 on CTVNewsNorthernOntario.ca.

While the region began 2021 under a province-wide lockdown after another surge in COVID-19 cases, 12 months later the pandemic rages on with case numbers hitting all-time highs. So it is no surprise that several COVID-related stories made the list.

This year we saw the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, which remains a hot button issue. This fall, an Englehart doctor was involved in a disciplinary hearing after being accused of spreading misinformation about the pandemic.

Read: Englehart, Ont., doctor sanctioned for 'disgraceful' conduct related to COVID-19

A big storm in early March brought a wintry mix of weather to most of northeastern Ontario prompting a series of weather alerts.

Read: Major weather system moving in triggers alerts in northeastern Ontario

In a move that confused many, the province extended the Ontario-wide shutdown the first week of the year while also announcing northern Ontario students would be sent back to class in person.

Read: Northern Ontario lockdown extended another two weeks, but schools still to reopen Jan. 11

A couple from Noelville won $70 million in a February Lotto Max draw.

Read: Noelville, Ont., winner of $70M lottery prize had to check ticket a dozen times to believe it

With a lot of interesting wildlife content in the north, one story stood out from the rest this year. For one northern Ontario woman, a series of photos during a visit to the dump sparked a lot of attention.

Read: Do not disturb: Hilarious northern Ontario black bear sighting

With lots of big winners in the north, an article earlier this month about two winning lottery tickets worth $1 million had people interested.

Read: Two Ont. Lotto Max players are holding $1M tickets

A northern Ontario city caught a lot of attention for earning one of the top spots in the annual list of Canadian 'bed bug cities.'

Read: This northern Ontario city is one of Canada's top 10 for bed bugs

The top three most-read articles from northeastern Ontario in 2021 involved ongoing news coverage.

When Sudbury's Laurentian University filed for creditor protection earlier this year, it sent shock waves through the community, province and across the country. The post-secondary school is still muddling through the insolvency process and CTV News has kept everyone up-to-date with the latest information and fallout. More than 100 articles have been written this year on the subject.

Read: Laurentian University files for creditor protection and the latest Restructuring Coverage

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, CTV News has been bringing you a daily update on the COVID-19 case counts in northeastern Ontario. The information is compiled from five health units: Public Health Sudbury & Districts, Porcupine Health Unit, Algoma Health Unit, North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit and Timiskaming Health Unit.

Information includes the number of active COVID-19 cases in each area, recoveries, deaths and hospitalizations.

Read: Current number of active COVID-19 cases in northeastern Ontario

The most-read story from northeastern Ontario this year gained national attention and more than 500,000 views.

On Sept. 26, dozens of workers at a Sudbury area mine were trapped underground after the shaft was damaged while hauling a piece of equipment. The rescue took days with some having to climb a ladder system the equivalent of the CN Tower to escape.

Read: All 39 miners trapped underground in Sudbury, Ont., have now been rescued

The Totten Mine near Sudbury, Ont., is shown on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.

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Northeastern Ont. top stories in 2021 | CTV News - CTV News Northern Ontario

Posted by: Mr Bed Bug in Canada Bed Bugs on December 24th, 2021

Toronto is known for being at the top of many national rankings, but this one is nothing to brag about. Toronto was just named the city with the worst bed bug problem in all of Canada and honestly, who's surprised? Canadian pest removal and exterminator company Orkin recently released the list of cities with the worst bed bug infestations in Canada and the results are pretty gross.

READ ALSO:These Small Ontario Cities Were Ranked The Best Places In Canada To Find A Job

The rankings were based on the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January 1st, 2018 to December 31st, 2018. Toronto, unfortunately, came out on the very top of the list with the most bed bug infestations. It looks like Ontario is also the province with the most bed bug problems because six cities in the top 10 list were located in Ontario.

READ ALSO:These Ontario Cities Have The Highest Number Of Reported Rat Infestations In The Entire Province

Ottawa was the city with the second-most bed bug infestations in Ontario, coming in sixth on the list. Hamilton came in seventh, Sudbury ranked eighth, Windsor took ninth place. Scarborough finished off the top 10 rankings at 10th place.

Via Orkin Canada

Now that it's a new year, Orkin is reminding Canadians to take careful precautions to prevent taking home bed bugs. "Bed bugs are extremely efficient hitch hikers," reads the report from Orkin. "They can move easily across a room and climb onto luggage or anything left on a bed in just one night".

You do not want these creepy critters settling into your home, especially because they tend to bite humans and leaving itchy marks. However, before you freak out, not all hope is lost - there are ways to help prevent a bed bug infestation in your home.

The pest removal and exterminator company shared some useful tips to help avoid creepy bed bugs from getting into your home. Orkin Canada recommends doing the following to lower your risk of a bed bug problem:

The other cities that made the list for the worst bed bug problems in Canada were Winnipeg, Johns, Vancouver and Halifax.

For more information on the list and how to prevent bed bug infestations in Toronto, you can visit Orkin Canada's website.

See more here:
Toronto Officially Has The Worst Bed Bug Problem In All Of Canada - Narcity


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