How Does Bed Bug Multiply

Learn About Bed Bug Infestations So You Will Be Better Equipped to Fight Yours!

A bed bug infestation is a big deal. It can disrupt your sleep/life, and you may have no idea what is happening to you or how to stop it. Bed bugs are different from most other household insect pests and are much more difficult to live with and to get rid of.

Bed bugs are keen to find a way into your house, and you have to be aware of their “migration tactics” in order to thwart them. You need to know how they move from house to house and room to room, how fast they can spread, where they are likely to hide, and what options you have for killing them.

Make no mistake. A bed bug infested home means your home has just become a war zone. You can’t let the enemy sneak by unnoticed under your radar, and knowing the facts about bed bugs is winning half the battle.

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Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Bed bugs are quite willing to enter your premises uninvited, take up permanent residence, and help themselves to a blood feast. But where do they come from to begin with?

The fact is, bed bugs live primarily in human habitations all over the world, be it in mattresses, box springs, carpeting, picture frames, cracks in floor, furniture, or a host of other locales.

Of course, bed bugs ultimately hail from the great outdoors, and you may find some still living there in tall grasses, but they are overwhelmingly an “indoor insect.”

Transferred from Person to Person

Unlike fleas and lice, bed bugs do not tend to live permanently on human beings or animals. Instead, they will generally hide is some hard to reach nook or cranny and come out at night to feed. That’s why they like to live in or near beds and other places people sleep or sit for long periods.

But, it is still possible for bed bugs to be transferred from person to person.

Here’s why:

  • They can get into your clothes, purse, laptop bag, jacket, or anything else you wear or carry about.
  • From there, they can get onto clothes of others you are in close contact with.

Their eggs can also be found on clothes sometimes, and if egg-infested clothes of yours touched someone else’s clothes, even the eggs could get transferred.

So, while it’s not very likely, it is possible for bed bugs to move from person to person.

Spread From House to House

Bed bugs, as clever as they are, do not generally walk long distances between buildings. They have other ways of getting into your house.

These stealthy home-invasion strategies include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Hitch a ride on your laundry, luggage, or other possessions that you bring back from a bed-bug-infested hotel room.
  • Your pet might pick up a bed bug while visiting another house (or even outdoors) and then bring it back to your place.
  • Bed bugs may be hiding in furniture in one house, but the owner may sell it at a garage sale or put it on the curb to dispose of it. Then, you take that old bed-bug-ridden piece of furniture into your house, thinking it’s a great find.
  • You sleep over at a friend’s house where bed bugs live. Bed bugs get into your stuff or on your person, and you unknowingly transport them home with you.
  • If you live in a multi-unit home or apartment complex, these bugs can crawl down the hall, through vents, and through cracks in the walls to get into your living quarters.

Spread from Room to Room

You may, perhaps, imagine that bed bugs can’t get around too fast. It’s true they have small legs and can’t hop or skip, but they can walk up to 100 feet in a single night. They just “keep going till they get there.”

Bed Bug Hiding Spots

And bed bugs are known to move through the inside of walls, which they will access via outlets if not through cracks. They can run inside of in-wall piping for a quicker move from room to room. It really doesn’t take more than a single night for them to migrate to a new room. And they can even get into your vacuum cleaner so that you are helping them spread quicker as you clean the carpet.

It could be a matter of days before your entire house is infested, given you have enough of a bed bug population and your bed bugs are motivated to look for food/water/blood somewhere other than where they are at the moment.

Infestation Map

I found a bed bug, you say, so where should I look for more? Can I map out the infestation so I can map out an eradication plan?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to be sure of all the nooks and crannies your unwelcome guests may be hiding in, and they may even move around from night to night. All you can do is know the likely spots and apply bed bug killer.

I Have One Bed Bug. Does It Mean an Infestation?

A single bed bug may or may not indicate you already have a true infestation.

But if you do find a bed bug, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • A single impregnated female can produce a whole population. She will lay the eggs and then breed with her own offspring.
  • The odds are in favor of your not having found the only bed bug in your house. Where there’s one, there are probably more.
  • Bed bugs can go 6 months or more without a blood meal, and many individual bugs may not feed more than once a week on average. Thus, you won’t see them all out searching for food at the same time.
  • Is the bed bug red-bodied? Then it was feeding. If they’re feeding, chances are they’re breeding.

My Bed

Once in your bedroom, bed bugs will have no trouble finding your bed. They are attracted to carbon dioxide such as warm-blooded animals exhale and to your body heat. As soon as they sense CO2 and heat at night, they will go to your bed because you, their target, are lying on it.

Bed bugs can get into your bedroom on your dirty clothes, on the clothes you are wearing, or by hiding in suitcases, hand bags, boxes, furniture, or anything else you bring into your room that offers them good cover.

Walls

Do bed bugs live in walls? The answer is: sometimes. Walls are not necessarily their number one or preferred hideout, as with cockroaches, but when no better shelter exists near their feeding zone, they’ll be quick to reside inside wall cavities.

Of course, there has to be an entry point for them to get into the wall. So if your walls have cracks or small holes in them, caulking it up, painting over it, or otherwise sealing it off may deny your bed bugs a hideout.

Wood Floors

Yes, bed bugs can live inside wood flooring. They can even crawl along inside the seams between wood planks, even when those seams are rather tight.

The pancake-flat bodies and small size of bed bugs allow the to get into and live in even the most inaccessible areas. There are few wood floors, if any, that are so tightly put together that bed bugs couldn’t get into them.

Infestation Timeline

You may be wondering what to do if you have bed bugs, and how long you have before they overrun you. You may be waking up at night, staring at the clock, and wondering, “How long do I have?”

How Long Does It Take for Bed Bugs to Infest?

Here are four facts you should know that will give you an idea as to how long it takes for a bed bug infestation to get started and to get into “full swing:”

  1. Female bed bugs can lay from one to five eggs per day and ultimately 200 or 250 eggs in a lifetime.
  2. Eggs will hatch in five to 10 days’ time, and the emergent nymphs will immediately begin looking for a blood meal.
  3. It takes around four or five weeks for a bed bug to reach maturity, going through five molts along the way.
  4. Bed bugs will live around four to 10 months, but life spans may vary quite a bit based on conditions (and on your extermination efforts!)

The Life Cycle of a Bed Bug

Conclusion: an infestation can get rolling in less than a week, become unbearable in one to two months, and reach peak population levels in six months to a year, given the right conditions and plenty of blood.

What You Should Know

You may be wondering, “Do bed bugs go away if I just leave them alone a while?” Wishful thinking may have its merits, perhaps, but no, they normally won’t just go away on their own.

My Apartment Is Infested With Bed Bugs. Now What?

If your apartment definitely has a bed bug infestation, what can you do about it? You’ll need to learn how to kill bed bugs and how to keep them from coming back.

Here are Five Key Steps you can take to eradicate your blossoming bed bug population:

  1. Clear away all the clutter from your bedroom or other infested area. In fact, clean and organize your whole house like you were getting ready for white glove at college.
  2. Wash and dry all your clothes and linens that could possibly have gotten exposed to bed bugs or their eggs. Use the high-heat setting.
  3. Spray bed bug killer along the baseboards, into cracks and crevices, onto mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, and anywhere else it’s safe to spray it. Also apply diatomaceous earth under and around your bed, set up CO2 bed bug traps, and use rubbing alcohol to protect your exposed skin at night.
  4. Use a one-two punch bed bug fogger bomb approach. The first bombs will kill off adults mostly. Wait two weeks so the surviving eggs can hatch, and then bomb to wipe out the hatchlings before they mature and repopulate.
  5. You can repeat the four steps above several times, but if the problem persists, call in a professional who can safely heat your home to 118 degrees Fahrenheit to kill every bed bug.

Three Steps to be Bed-Bug-Free

Can They Come Back After Treatment?

Bed bugs can return the same way they got into your home to begin with, even after you totally eradicate them.

Thus, you need to think about how they may have gotten in. Stop bringing in garage sale or curbside furniture, routinely sprinkle diatomaceous earth along your door’s bottom if you live in an apartment complex, or change whatever else it takes to keep them out!

Learn how bed bugs spread into and throughout houses and how their population explodes. Take measures accordingly without delay to kill them and prevent a return. Knowing the facts about your bed bug infestation will help you end it!

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Top 10 Myths about Bedbugs

The insects, making a comeback around the globe, cannot fly and are really not interested in hanging out on your body–but they do occasionally bite during the day

  • By Megan Scudellari on May 27, 2011

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Once a pest of the past, bedbugs now infest every state in the U.S..Cimex lectularius—small, flattened insects that feed solely on mammalian and avian blood—have been living with humans since ancient times. Abundant in the U.S. prior to World War II, bedbugs all but vanished during the 1940s and ’50s thanks to improvements in hygiene and the use of pesticides. In the past 10 years, however, the pests have staged a comeback worldwide—an outbreak after the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney was a harbinger of things to come. This revival may be the worst yet, experts say, due to densely populated urban areas, global travel and increasing pesticide resistance—something to consider as the summer travel season gets underway.

"By every metric that we use, it’s getting worse and worse," says Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Health authorities and pest control operators are regularly flooded with calls, and the epidemic may not have yet peaked. And because bedbugs are indoor pests, there are no high or low seasons throughout the year, he adds, only continual bombardment. "It’s just the beginning of the problem in the U.S.," Schal says.

Spreading rapidly with the bedbugs is a mass of misinformation about their biology and behavior. Straight from the experts, here are the facts behind some of the most notorious myths about the diminutive bloodsuckers.

Myth 1: Bedbugs can fly
Bedbugs lack wings, and therefore cannot fly. That is unless you put a blow dryer behind them, says Stephen Kells, a bedbug researcher at the University of Minnesota. Then they’ll fly about 1.2 meters. On their own, bedbugs crawl about a meter a minute, he says.

Myth 2: Bedbugs reproduce quickly
Compared with other insects, bedbugs are slow to reproduce: Each adult female produces about one egg per day; a common housefly lays 500 eggs over three to four days. Each bedbug egg takes 10 days to hatch and another five to six weeks for the offspring to develop into an adult.

Myth 3: Bedbugs can typically live a year without a meal
Scientists debate this point, but evidence suggests that at normal room temperature, about 23 degrees Celsius, bedbugs can only survive two to three months without a blood meal. But because they are cold-blooded, their metabolism will slow down in chillier climates, and the insects may live up to a year without feeding.

Myth 4: Bedbugs bite only at night
Although bedbugs are generally nocturnal, they’re like humans—if they’re hungry, they’ll get up and get something to eat. "If you go away to visit a friend for a week and you come back and sit down on the couch, even though it’s daytime the bedbugs will come looking for you," Schal says. Keeping a light on, then, unfortunately does not keep these tiny vampires away.

Myth 5: Bedbugs live exclusively in mattresses
"’Bedbug’ is such a misnomer," Kells says. "They should also be called pet bugs and suitcase bugs and train bugs and movie theater bugs." Bedbugs spread away from beds into living areas and can be seen on any surface, he says, including chairs, railings and ceilings.

Myth 6: Bedbugs prefer unsanitary, urban conditions
"Bedbugs are terribly nondiscriminatory," Schal says. Bedbugs can be found anywhere from ritzy high-rises to homeless shelters. The prevalence of the bugs in low-income housing is therefore not a result of the insect’s preference, but of dense populations and the lack of money to pay for proper elimination strategies. "Any location is vulnerable," Kells says. "But some people are going to have a harder time getting control of them because it is such an expensive treatment."

Myth 7: Bedbugs travel on our bodies
Bedbugs do not like heat, Kells says. They therefore do not stick in hair or on skin, like lice or ticks, and prefer not to remain in our clothes close to our bodily heat. Bedbugs are more likely to travel on backpacks, luggage, shoes and other items farther removed from our bodies.

Myth 8: Bedbugs transmit disease
Bedbug bites can lead to anxiety, sleeplessness and even secondary infections, but there have been no reported cases of bedbugs transmitting disease to humans. They do, however, harbor human pathogens: At least 27 viruses, bacteria, protozoa and more have been found in bedbugs, although these microbes do not reproduce or multiply within the insects. Canadian researchers announced (pdf) in the June issue ofEmerging Infectious Diseasesthat bedbugs isolated from three individuals in a Vancouver hospital carried methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus, aka MRSA. Still, there have been no reported cases that the bugs actually transmit human disease.

Myth 9: We should bring back DDT
When the controversial pesticide DDT was banned in 1972, most bed bugs were already resistant to it, Schal says, and today’s populations are even more widely resistant thanks to the use of a new class of pesticides. Pyrethroids, the main class of pesticides used against bedbugs today, targets sodium channels in bedbug cells, just like DDT. Consequently, as bedbugs develop resistance to pyrethroids, they also become cross-resistant to DDT.

How Fast do Bed Bugs Spread? 3 Ways They Move and Multiply

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, 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? Let’s look at some of their travel habits and what you need to know about how quickly they can make themselves at home.

How Fast do Bed Bugs Spread From Room to Room?

Every day, bed bugs can lay between one and 12 eggs, and anywhere from200 and 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. 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 — typically 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 other 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.

How do Bed Bugs Spread From House to House?

The rate of how bed bugs spread from house to house increases the more time you spend traveling. They’re great hitchhikers, and hotels, hostels, airplanes, cruise ships and public transportation are ideal places to pick up these uninvited guests.

  • Movement of items:Bed bugs can move from one site to the next by traveling on luggage, clothing, bedding, boxes and furniture. They’re prevalent anywhere that has ahigh rate of overnight guests, including universities and hospitals.
  • Crawling:Bed bugs don’t fly, but they can crawl at a pretty high speed with six legs.Traveling three to four feet per minute on most surfaces, it’s the equivalent of the average adult sprinting. This makes it easy for bed bugs to travel between floors and rooms, and quickly tuck into a new hiding spot before being seen.
  • Breeding:After feeding, bed bugs head back to their hidden locations to digest and mate. If the conditions are right, an egg can mature into an adult in as little as a month and a half, and each bed bug could live anywhere from four months to over a year. Bed bugs are focused on feeding and breeding and will invade and multiply at lightning speed as a result.

How do Bed Bugs Spread From Person to Person?

Bed bugs need blood meals to survive and blood to breed, but they don’t 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 the movement of infested items. For example, houseguests could unknowingly bring them into your home from their travels, and kids could bring them back on their backpacks from 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. How fast bed bugs spread is really up to you.Contact a Terminix® pest control professionalto stop the spread of bed bugs.

Do Earwigs Bite?

If you shudder a little when you think about earwigs, you’re probably not alone. They’ve developed quite a nasty reputation, thanks to urban legends (mostly false) that have been circulating for years. But are they harmful?

The Lifespans of Insects With Short Lives

Many insects, such as butterflies, have a lifespan that occurs in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Other insects, such as grasshoppers, do not have a pupal stage and instead go through three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. The length of each stage can vary based on many things, from the insect species to the temperature outside—but what some insects share in common is a very short adult stage. Keep reading to learn about five insects with some of the shortest adult stages in their lifespan.

The Return of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The change of seasons from summer to fall means many things: leaves changing colors, dropping temperatures, and—depending on where you live—stink bugs sneaking into your home. Stink bugs were named for their distinct ability to emit an unpleasant odor when they are threatened or disturbed by predators like lizards or birds. This also means that if stink bugs enter your home and feel threatened, you’ll be faced with dealing with their strong smell in your house. As we head into fall, you might find yourself with more active stink bugs than usual, so it’s important to know the basics about these smelly insects.

What are Earwigs?

Most people have probably heard of earwigs at some point or another. These creepy-looking insects are associated with some urban myths. Learn the truth about earwigs, including what attracts them and how to help get rid of them.

ARE TICKS DANGEROUS?

The majority of ticks will deliver painless bites without any noticeable symptoms. However, some ticks can carry a variety of bacteria and pathogens for disease. Although not all ticks are dangerous, you don’t want to risk coming into contact with these blood-sucking insects.

ARE TICKS DANGEROUS?

The majority of ticks will deliver painless bites without any noticeable symptoms. However, some ticks can carry a variety of bacteria and pathogens for disease. Although not all ticks are dangerous, you don’t want to risk coming into contact with these blood-sucking insects.

Are Bed Bugs Contagious?

Bed bugs are not too picky about where and when they catch a ride and don’t necessarily have a preferred mode of transportation, so it’s no surprise how many people wonder, are bed bugs contagious?

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Cluster Flies In Your Home

If you’re like many homeowners, you’ve dealt with annoying flies ruining your summer barbecues and outdoor dinner parties. You may have even become accustomed to whipping out the flypaper and heavy-duty bug zappers the minute you hear the familiar buzz of a fly. These annoying pests are likely house flies, which can pose significant health risks to you and your family. But have you ever seen large, sluggish flies loitering inside your home in the autumn and winter? They may be cluster flies.

Tips to Get Rid of Stink Bugs in Your House

Now that it’s fall, it’s officially indoor stink bug season. Before it becomes winter, brown marmorated stink bugs are looking for comfortable overwintering sites to spend the cold months—and that can often mean that they may find a way to sneak into your house. While the odor that a stink bug releases is not dangerous, they are definitely a nuisance. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get rid of stink bugs in your house—without having to deal with the unpleasant smell.

What are Sand Fleas?

Many people love going to the beach to spend time in the sun, sand, and water. But they might not love some of the nuisances that live at the beach or in the ocean, such as gnats or jellyfish. But, what about the sand flea, a small critter that can be found in moist areas such as under rocks or debris. Keep reading to learn exactly what sand fleas are and if you need to worry about them.

The Lifespans of Insects With Short Lives

Many insects, such as butterflies, have a lifespan that occurs in four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Other insects, such as grasshoppers, do not have a pupal stage and instead go through three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. The length of each stage can vary based on many things, from the insect species to the temperature outside—but what some insects share in common is a very short adult stage. Keep reading to learn about five insects with some of the shortest adult stages in their lifespan.

The Return of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

The change of seasons from summer to fall means many things: leaves changing colors, dropping temperatures, and—depending on where you live—stink bugs sneaking into your home. Stink bugs were named for their distinct ability to emit an unpleasant odor when they are threatened or disturbed by predators like lizards or birds. This also means that if stink bugs enter your home and feel threatened, you’ll be faced with dealing with their strong smell in your house. As we head into fall, you might find yourself with more active stink bugs than usual, so it’s important to know the basics about these smelly insects.

How Fast Do Bed Bugs Multiply?

Okay, prepare yourself because this subject is not for people who have bad creepy crawly dreams. If you read all of this you will have the knowledge on how quickly you will need to take action on these critters.

So how fast do bed bugs multiply?The answer is… In normal conditions and with regular feeding intervals and a male to mate with, the female bed bug lays 4-7 eggs a day. Bed Bug eggs hatch once every 10-12 days. After 20-60 days depending on the weather, bed bugs (nymphs) become an adult and the females start laying eggs for themselves. So as you can imagine, at 90 days and the rate of hatching you will be more than 1,200 – 1,600 bed bugs strong. Each female bed bug under normal conditions will lay between 200 – 500 eggs in her lifetime. Disgusting right? Keep reading.

A lot of people believe that bed bugs only come out at night. Bed Bugs come out when the host (you) are sleeping, or sitting on the couch, or a chair. Depending on the infestation you could see them out in plain sight.

How Easy is it For Bed Bugs to Spread?

Despite the belief that bed bugs can ONLY spread from person-to-person, this is simply not the only bed bug practice.

Bed Bugs are atraveling bugand prefer to get around by:

  • Luggage
  • Older Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Backpacks
  • Used Mattresses
  • Purses

When I visit a home that has an infestation, the first place I check is the beds and bed frames in the home. From there I move to the furniture. I check couches, nightstands, dressers, and along the wall where the headboard sits. Bed Bugs can get into wall voids and electric outlets around the home as well. This will all depend on how big the infestation is. A larger infestation you can see the floor move literally I’ve seen it.

Bed bugs willtravel aroundthe homefreely, they can travel on you as well if you sit in a spot that is infested. They can be spread to other homes when you visit a place that has bed bugs or someone who has them visits yours. You will likely take these critters with you if you decide to sit down anywhere or set your purse down in an infested home.

How Much do Exterminators Charge For Bed Bugs?

You can expect that when you have bed bugs it is taken seriously by exterminators. You will pay for the initial inspection, generally $85-$150 for that. When all is said and done you can expect to pay anywhere from $500-$2,500 for the services rendered. There are multiple types of treatment, here are the most common.

Top 3 Treatments:

  1. Chemical
  2. Dust
  3. Heat

Chemical Treatmentrequires 3-5 visits from the exterminator to treat your home they visit every 2 weeks for these visits. That can take 6-10 weeks to get rid of the problem. The cost for this treatment is anywhere from$90-$150per visit.

Dust treatmentis a one-shot deal. The pest technician will dust all the infected areas it does make a big mess and treatment drys out the oils on the bed bug’s back and suffocates them. After the dust is put down it can still take up to 45 days before they are all dead. The cost of this treatment isroughly $500.

Heat treatmentis the fastest treatment. In 8-12 hours you can kill the bugs. It is the most expensive of all the treatments because the technician has to get your home up above 120% Fahrenheit. This will make your power bill a little high. It does kill all the bed bugs in the room and is very effective if done along with the other 2 treatments listed above. This service will cost anywhere between$1,500-$2,500.

I have my own thoughts on heat treatments that I would like to share. Like I stated above heat treatments are very effective within the rooms being treated, but the bed bugs that have made their way to the outer walls between the insulation may not be killed. If this happens and the homeowner/renter goes to bed that night can likely bite again.

Pest Insider Secret:You can treat bed bugs yourself with the pro chemicals!

What Should I Do To Prepare For A Bed Bug Treatment?

As a pest industry professional, I have found that chemical treatment is half the battle

Let’s get organized for this:

  1. Stand mattresses and box springs up against the wall.
  2. Machine dry all clothing items, linens, and bedding.Place them into clean trash bags, then place the bags in the center of the room. Laundering tips: change the lint trap between loads, throw away (outside of your house) any laundry bags used to transport items to the laundry room.
  3. Remove books and knick-knacks from shelving units and put them into plastic trash bags and seal the bags Place bags in the center of the room.
  4. Vacuum your home thoroughly.

Be sure to evaluate your belongings, If your mattress looks bad throw it away and get a new one. Carpet may need to be replaced in severe cases of infestation. You must be vigilant when your up against bed bugs. Keep everything vacuumed and empty it outside of your home.

What Pesticides Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

The best pesticides for bed bugs are:

Temprid SC –This chemical is, in my opinion, the industry leader to get rid ofbed bugsandroaches. Temprid has a good residual and an amazing knockdown. The 2 chemicals in Temprid areimidaclopridandcyfluthrin.These 2 chemicals together give bed bugs a great 1,2, punch.

NyGard IGR– Nygard is a growth regulator, it’s purpose is to cause reproductive problems for the next generation of bugs. Nygard is never used alone, it is always used with another chemical to enhance the overall result.

Here’s The Equation:

Temprid + Nygard = DEAD BUGS!

CimeXa –This is precipitatedsilica dust. CimeXa is used in a bellow duster.

The use of these 3 chemicals properly will get rid of any size bed bug infestation in 6-8 weeks. Be sure to apply every 2 weeks. You can just do the spray or just do the dust.

Safety equipment for these treatments:

  • Valved Respirator Mask
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Safety Glasses
  • Long Sleeve Shirt and Pants

How Can I Get Rid of Bed Bugs Myself?

Chemical Treatment:In a gallon spray can you will mix the Temprid and NyGard and Water. Be sure to follow the label when mixing these chemicals together. I believe it is 16 mil. of Temprid and 4 mils. of NyGard.

Okay Here are the Items you will treat.

First treat all the beds, the mattress, box spring, and bed frames. Treat behind the frame of the headboard as well Anything you sit on that has a cushion love seat, sofas, and chairs. Treat around the perimeter of all baseboards.

Dust Treatment:Take CimeXa and put it in a bellow duster. Now you willtreatall theareasstatedintheabove paragraph.

Disclaimer:Dusting your home you will need to wear a paper mask or respirator to treat. CimeXa makes a big mess and there will be dust all around your house. Make sure to turn the HVAC off when applying it.

Summary

When bed bugs enter your home your response time is very important, it could mean the difference of how hard you will have to work to eradicate them. Remember the female lays 4-7 eggs daily. You will spend between $500 and $2,500 dollars for the pros to treat it. Temprid SC, NyGard IGR, and CimeXa are the some of the very best chemicals to treat bed bugs. So yes, you can do this yourself it will cost you around $200. Decide which way to treat that will be right for you. Bed bugs are a serious thing, I have seen lives turned upside down over the effects of it. To bed bugs, you are the food.

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Friday, January 05, 2007

How fast can bedbugs multiply? – Part 2

Last time we reached a conclusion that it would take only a few months to have a heavy infestation, today we’ll see how the infestation can be control by limiting the food supply.

First of all, here’s some background information:

Therefore, a total of seven blood meals are required to create an adult bedbug. You may argue that the male might mate multiple times and the female might lay a few eggs after each meal. This may be true. However, nymphs feed a lot more frequently than once every nymphal stage, and the adults need to feed just to survive. Therefore, 7 meals are actually very conservative estimate. Let’s assume all meals follow the "breakfast, lunch, dinner" pattern of three bites, then, to generate a new adult bedbug, they will have to bite you at least 21 times.

Now let’s assume that you get bitten three times a day (That’s a lot of bites considering that you have effectively protected yourself). You will have 21 bites per week, just enough to generate a new adult bedbug. In three months, you will have 14 bedbugs, including the original 2. Remember without limiting the food supply, the number reached 1000 in three months? That’s 14 versus 1000, what a difference? Also, after 10 months, some bedbugs will start to die, since the growth is linear, whenever a new bedbug is created, another one will die, and the population will stop to grow.

If you have successfully isolated your bed and living areas, you shouldn’t get any bites at all.

Bedbugs cause problem because they bite us, but this also makes them vulnerable since they rely too much on our blood. By protecting ourselves, we can effectively eliminate their food supply, break their reproductive cycle, and make them more vulnerable to insecticides (due to lack of nutrition).

You might be advised not to isolate your bed for two reasons:

The first reason does not make too much sense to me. It’s too big a price to pay to feed them with your blood and let the population grow just so they won’t spread to other rooms. Caulking is an effective way to prevent them from spreading by the way.

As for the second reason, the strategy sounds good and might be working at this point. But there are questions you need to ask yourself and things you need to consider:

posted by Frank at 8:53 AM

1 Comments:

I have just found out I have bed bugs, I just move into my new apartment and found at least 10-15 dead and 5 adults. Once I realzied what they were I trash my box spring and throw out 80 percent of my sheets, the I vacumed and washed most of my clothes. I thought I solved the issue untill two weeks later I found one that just feed on me and another near my bed on the floor, anyways I read alot about bed bugs and cant figure out where the nest is and is there any way I can kill off the few that are left before they spread. And thanks to your spread sheet I have a really good idea on how long and how about these little pain in the butts will take.

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