Bed Bugs Have The Potential To Turn Into Super Pests
Getting rid of bed bugs is difficult enough, and now Ohio researchers have announced in the Public Library of Science journal that bed bugs can pass on a genetic resistance to pesticides, creating the potential to turn the bugs into “super pests.” The researchers also indicated that bed bugs are becoming more resistant to heat, cold and dehydration.
Bed bugs have become a worldwide scourge of homes, businesses and even public transportation. GettingRidOfBedBugs.com offers news, information and strategies to eradicate the blood-sucking pests, identify them and treat bed bug bites. The website offers a free eBook, “Bed Bugs Report.”
Experts recommend performing periodic checks for bed bugs, even if there’s no immediate evidence of an infestation. Businesses in large cities have resorted to hiring specially trained dogs to sniff out bed bugs, but the average homeowner can use a hot hair dryer and flashlight to flush them out of hiding. Black lights are useful for spotting bed bug trails.
Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and reddish-brown or rust colored. They hide during the day and come out at night to feed on blood. People may observe small spots of blood on their sheets or bed bug waste, which looks like pepper.
The first symptom of a bed bug infestation is usually the appearance of a rash or itchy, raised bumps that resemble the bite of a mosquito. Bites most often appear in a row on arms and legs and produce a more intense itch than a mosquito bite.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be extremely difficult. A number of sprays formulated to kill bed bugs can be purchased for home use, but eradication may require the services of a professional exterminator who has experience with bed bugs.
For those who have sustained bed bug bites, treatment is necessary. The annoying parasites cause skin rashes and can increase allergic symptoms. Secondary infections are also a problem from scratching. Steroid creams can be prescribed if the itching becomes too intense to be ignored, and oral antihistamines can help the body overcome allergic reactions.
No home or business is immune to a bed bug infestation, but there are steps that can be taken to help minimize the risk of getting them. Inexpensive plastic mattress covers can be purchased to keep them from invading mattresses. Any unexplained bites should be a cause for concern and a check of mattresses and bedding should be performed. An examination of baseboards and the edges of wallpaper should also be undertaken.
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