Envirotrol Pest Management Multi-Family Housing Specialists Since 1978
   
Bed Bugs
The Envirotrol Program
- Communication of the necessary steps that should be followed by the resident(s), property management and technician
- Photo documentation of resident cooperation
- A specialized treatment program of sprays, aerosols, fogging, etc.
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DESCRIPTION: Bed bugs are reddish brown or brown with dark red to reddish spots that leave behind characteristic signs on mattresses and other locations where they rest. When alarmed, bed bugs give off a repulsive odor that can be easily smelled and not forgotten. They are sometimes called "red coats," "chinches," or "mahogany flats." The adult bed bug is a wingless insect that is flattened from top to bottom. Bed bugs are 1/4 to 3/8 inch (4-5mm).

HABITAT: At the beginning of an infestation, bed bugs are likely to be found only in the tufts, seams, and folds of mattresses and bed covers. In areas of heavy infestation, bed bugs can be found in crevices in the bedsteads. Because bed bugs can live in bird nests, houses and buildings with several bird nests in the eaves and on the roof often will have bed bugs coming into the living areas.

LIFE CYCLE: The life cycle stages of a bed bug are egg, nymph, and adult. The females lay about 200 eggs, usually at the rate of three or four a day, in cracks and crevices in the floor or bed. Newly hatched bugs begin feeding immediately. They shed their skin five times before becoming adults. Bed bugs can survive with out molting for a year or longer. Watch out when someone re-enters the room and sleeps there that night. Renovated apartments that once had bed bugs are known to harbor these insects without detection, and then show up in a new fancy apartment. A person sitting on an infested couch or bed can easily pick up a few bed bugs within a few minutes and not even know it. They can then transport these insects to another room or apartment.

DAMAGE AND CONTROL: They feed principally on human blood by piercing the skin with a long beak and sucking blood into their stomachs. They feed mostly at night, but will feed during the day if hungry and the light is dim. In private homes, find all the areas that bed bugs hide in during the day time. These must be treated with chemicals. In hotels, apartments, and other multiple-type dwelling places, bed bugs may spread from one unit to another. All units should be inspected. Remove bird nests. Bed bugs tend to bite all over the body, rather than on the legs like fleas do. Some people react severely to bed bug bites. Others barely show any marks.

 
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