Getting Rid of Bed Bugs for Calgary Residents

At the dawn of time, the prehistoric Cimex lectularius, or bed bug, lived in the nests of birds and guano-covered roosts of bats, quietly doing what nest parasites do: feeding on other animals. Today, this insect still enjoys these same habits—but it prefers human nests to animal ones.

Bed bugs, once happy in animal roosts, have developed a taste for human blood. And they live in your bed or sofa and rely on you as their food source. Here, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about bed bugs, so you can keep your home free of this pest.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are a small, wingless parasite. As previously mentioned, they survive by feeding off of warm-blooded animals, like humans. They also leave a small, red, itchy mark when they bite.

If you disturb them, bed bugs scuttle for dark cracks (like the lining of your mattress, for example). They’re small: hatchlings are about the size of a poppy seed, and adults don’t grow to be much larger than a grain of rice. Although they can look white in appearance, most bed bugs are brownish in colour. If you look closely, they’re visible to the human eye.

When bed bugs bite, they insert two hollow tubes into the skin. One tube injects the host with an anesthetic and an anticoagulant. This step prevents the host from feeling the bite and makes the blood easy to suck through the second tube.

The Truth about Bed Bugs and Your Health

The words “bed bugs” tend to evoke many unpleasant feelings and the idea of being in the proximity of these pests can often send people running. However, as bed bug infestations have become more commonplace in the past few years, it is important to know why bed bugs are drawn to us and what implications these blood-sucking pests have on human health. Here ten important bed bug facts to know.

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Finally, when it comes to controlling bed bugs this is definitely not a case of “do it yourself” as bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate. In fact, the CDC recommends that victims of bed bug infestations contact their landlord or an experienced pest management professional.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs in the Calgary area, contact a pest control specialist such as Best Control Pest Control immediately. These professionals eliminate parasites from your home, so you can sleep or sit without fear of irritating bites and bugs. You can also ask your pest control specialist how to prevent bed bugs in the future.


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