Don't let the Bed Bugs Bite

The old expression, "Sleep tight; don't let the bed bugs bite" may have come from around the time when Abraham Lincoln was growing up and it refers to the way beds were made. Instead of box springs to support the mattress, there were ropes to hold the mattress in place. The tighter the ropes were pulled, the less the mattress sagged, so you wanted to "sleep tight" with a mattress that didn't sag. A mattress that didn't sag stayed off the ground, which was where bed bugs could climb onto a sagging mattress to bite the sleeper.

The life cycle of the bed bug
Life cycle of the bed bug, starting from the top left, moving counterclockwise: eggs (1mm), 1st stage nymph (1.5 mm), 2nd stage nymph (2 mm), 3rd stage nymph (2.5 mm), 4th stage nymph (3 mm), 5th stage nymph (1.5 mm), unfed adult (5.5 mm), and fed adult.
Photo Courtesy of Stephen Doggett, Department of Medical Entomology, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Bed Bugs have become widespread

A bed bug's preferred food source is you—no matter how clean your home is. Once bed bugs enter your home, they'll spread throughout the house. Bed Bugs were all but eradicated, due to DDT use, which is now prohibited. They have re-entered this country slowly but, since they can live a long time after just one meal, they have been able to spread throughout the country, mostly by hitching a ride on things we buy and sell as well as in travelers' luggage.

Bed bugs like to come out at night when you are asleep. They find their hosts through sensing your body heat and carbon dioxide in your breath. They feed by piercing your skin with an elongated beak but you seldom feel the bite, as it contains a mild anesthetic. They feed for about five minutes and retreat into the folds of your mattress or sheets to digest their meal.

Bed bug bites look very similar to mosquito bites or flea bites, so you may have bed bugs and not even know it. If you wake up with itchy bites that you did not have before you went to bed, a bed bug infestation may already be in process in your home.

They may have entered your home if you have traveled recently to a hotel, motel, college dorm, hospital, on an airline or on a cruise ship. They are difficult to detect in the early stages of an infestation because they are nocturnal and hide in very small crevices and folds in a mattress, behind headboards, under carpets, in nightstands and even in clock radios.

If you think you have bed bugs, Call us today 860-666-5730

We treat bed bugs with integrated pest management techniques. We don't use "bug bombs" because the chemicals do not penetrate the small cracks and crevices that bed bugs hide in.