“Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite,” has become more than just a nursery rhyme in my hometown. Recently Bed Bugs have been plaguing homes as well as office spaces of Chicago, which has deemed the city as being one of the most “Bedbug infested cities in the Country”, according a Terminix survey. Although, Chicago, as a major city, has been privileged to recently develop a “serious” infestation.
What exactly is a Bedbug? A Bedbug is a small parasitic insect, who like most parasites take advantage of the amenities of its host’s body and blood. The Bed Bug is no different from any other parasite with an affinity for human blood.
Although Bed Bugs are nuisance, they are not truly a health problem. Yes, Bed Bugs feast on human blood, but they do NOT spread communicable diseases like Herpes or HIV from traveling host to host. They can cause skin aversions, including rashes and blisters (from obsessive scratching).
Bed Bugs are spread like most leeching insects by: bugs or eggs latching on to pets, clothing, luggage, etc; traveling within close residences, such within apartment complexes and floor to floor; and through infestation hubs. As odd as it may sound, initially it is not easy to detect an infestation because Bedbugs are nocturnal and great hiders. In addition, most people don’t actually feel the bite but more of the allergic reaction following the bite.
How do they look? Bedbugs are usually flat bodied, oval shaped, quarter inched, wingless (adults) insects. Their color ranges from tan to burnt orange and red or black after a hefty meal! Bedbugs do molt and after molting become white in color.
How do I get rid of them? Bedbugs usually need a specialized pesticide that can only be used by insect professionals. My suggestion. Call an exterminator! To view these creatures I would suggest looking under a stereo microscope.