There has been a huge emergence of bedbugs in the United States. Bedbugs are now in Ohio cities and rural areas and are not just a thing of the past. The main reason for their return to the US is the frequency and ease of international travel where there are large infestations. We unknowingly spread bed bugs into Ohio through bedding, furniture, and other materials moved from one location to the next. Resistance to pesticides and the use of less hazardous materials has also allowed the bed bug population to expand.
There are many different kinds of bedbug species, although the most common is the Cimex Lectularius. Bedbugs live off of the blood of mammals and are nocturnal. They need blood to live and reproduce but can stay alive for many months without it. They are flat, wingless, reddish, oval brown colored bugs. They are visible to the naked eye and are about 3/8’’ long. They have a proboscis (beak) and antennae that extends outward to break the skin of the mammal they are trying to feed on. Bedbugs in Ohio feed on all warm-blooded mammals including bats, birds, dogs, cats, and chickens, but they prefer human blood. Female bedbugs, which are red when gorged with blood, may lay up to 200 eggs at one time.
In about half the cases of bedbug bites, there are some noticeable signs to be aware of. Redness, swelling, and itchiness are often present. Some people also suffer from anxiety attacks, insomnia, and delusional paratosis because of bedbugs. Doctors generally treat bed bug bites with antihistamines and steroids to help stop the itching. Bedbug bites are often painless. People realize that they have a problem there is an issue when they find welts and red marks that are swollen in areas like the neck, face, and upper torso. But some people show no physiological evidence of bed bug bites.
Bedbugs in Ohio are not easy to get rid of without the help of a professional pest control exterminator. Cleaning alone will not solve the problem if you think your business or home has a bed bug infestation. It is hard to kill bed bugs for good without the correct treatment. Let one of our certified technicians give you a comprehensive inspection of your home or business to make sure that the bedbugs are fully exterminated.
Getting rid of bedbugs quickly and quietly is in your best interest. There are a number of things you can do to help prevent the spread of Ohio bedbugs into your home or business. Vacuum the mattresses and pay close attention to the box spring, as bedbugs like to hide there. Do not spray insecticide. Vacuum upholstered furniture and carpeting especially in corners where they meet the walls. When you are done vacuuming, dispose of the vacuum bag immediately by putting it in a tightly sealed plastic bag and throwing it away. Launder your bedding in hot water and then put it in a hot dryer to kill all of the bed bugs eggs. Contact our pest control technicians before you steam clean your carpets. If you wrap your mattress and box spring bedbugs will eventually starve to death, but they can live for up to 18 months without eating.
Bedbug infestations not occur only in poorly maintained buildings or in homes with unsanitary conditions. Bedbugs only need a source of food from a warm blooded mammal. They do not judge and decide who their host will be based on your class or how successful your business is. Empty and unused dorm rooms, hotel rooms, and rental properties can also be infested.
The current strain of Ohio bedbugs that have recently emerged is much more resistant to chemicals used in the past. Insecticides that are useful exterminating other insects are useless against bedbugs. A professional technician from our company will know how to address the situation and give you recommendations and steps to take before and after the treatment.
Our bedbug exterminators in Franklin, Delaware, Union, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway, and Madison counties can help you with residential pest control in Ohio.
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