BED BUGS AND YOUR HEALTH
Bed Bug infestation is a rising epidemic in America, and is quickly becoming a major problem detrimental to public health. With the infestation rates at an all-time high, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlight emerging physical and mental public health issues as well as economic consequences associated with the bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) in communities throughout the United States. Although bed bugs do not transmit infectious disease in the same ways as mosquitos and ticks spread West Nile virus, malaria, or lime disease, there are, however, numerous health risks associated with the bed bugs bites and infestation.
Allergy - Some people may experience mild or severe allergic reaction to the bites of bed bugs, much like some individual’s reaction to bee or hornet stings. Hypersensitivity (anaphylaxis) to the bed bug bites in some people may lead to anaphylactic shock which is extremely dangerous and life threatening. One needs to seek an immediate medical attention in such cases.
Infection - Although bed bugs are not generally known to spread any blood transmitted pathogens, their bites, however, can be very itchy and when scratched one can easily introduce germs into the wound. Since bed bugs usually attack at night, you can scratch yourself spontaneously during your sleep and thus infect the bite site. Also, if a bed bug bites you in a hotel, or just crawls next to you and you in your sleep pop its full of someone else’s blood body, who knows who its prior prey was and what kind of diseases that person had!
Insomnia - Bed bugs can keep you awake all night, thus depriving you night sleep and exhausting you physically and mentally. Some people describe their experience with bed bugs as the worst thing that has ever happened to them in their lives, when they felt completely drained out and worthless. A person residing within an infested home will often begin to suffer from the effects of insomnia which include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, inability to focus, depression, loss of appetite, and in some cases psychosis.
Stress and Depression - Constant sleep deprivation combined with itchiness and unsightly reddish bumps and scabs on your skin results in stress and, if left untreated, can lead to depression and immune system weakening.
Latent Illnesses - In turn, weakening your immune system may lead to manifestation of other latent illnesses or illnesses being in a remission.
Social Isolation - If your place is infested with bed bugs, not only you suffer physically and emotionally, you become socially isolated. People stop coming to your place, or send their kids to your place to play with your kids in fear of bringing back to their houses those pesky and disgusting bed bugs. You also stop going to other people places feeling guilty of possibility inadvertently contaminating unsuspecting people houses or apartments.
Keep in mind, that when bed bugs infestation occurs, it’s not going to be a random one time bite attack; they are going to “eat” you methodically, every night. There will be no place to hide, and there is no other treatment except complete extermination.
BED BUG INSPECTION
SECG has over two decades of experience with bed bug removal in Syracuse, NY. We take pride in solving your bed bug problem the first time! We provide the most detailed bed bug inspection. It takes a very trained eye and monitoring to get to the source of your bed bug problem. SECG has treated every type of property for bed bugs. Hotels, Offices, Restaurants, Commercial Buildings, Clothing Stores, Homes and Shelters. We have the experience you need for bed bug removal. Don't just trust anyone with the mental and physical harassment from bed bugs, call SECG today!
Bed bug infestations spread easily in connecting units and have negative effects on psychological well-being and housing markets. In response, many areas have specific laws about responsibilities upon discovering a bed bug infestation, particularly in hotels and multi-family housing units, because an unprofessional level of response can have the effect of prolonging the invisible part of the infestation and spreading it to nearby units.
BED BUG CONTROL TECHNIQUES
Bed bugs, or cimicidae, are small parasitic insects. The term usually refers to species that prefer to feed on human blood.
Early detection and treatment are critical to successful control. According to a survey, the most commonly infested places are the mattress (98.2%), boxspring (93.6%), as well as nearby carpets and baseboards (94.1%). In fact, bed bugs thrive in areas where there is an adequate supply of available hosts, and plenty of cracks and harborages within 4.9 ft of the host.
Because treatments are required in sleeping areas and other sensitive locations, methods other than chemical pesticides are in demand. Treatments can be costly, laborious, time consuming, repetitive, may entail health risks, and cause embarrassment to the person affected.
Steam treatment can effectively kill all stages of bed bugs. To be effective, steam treatment must reach 150–170 degrees Fahrenheit (65 - 75 degrees C) for a sustained period. Unfortunately, bed bugs hide in a diversity of places, making steam treatment very tedious, labour-intensive and time consuming. There is also the risk of the steam not penetrating materials enough to kill hidden bed bugs. The steam may also damage materials such as varnished wood, or cause mold from the moisture left behind. Effective treatment requires repeated and very thorough steaming of the mattress, box spring, bed frame, bed covers, pillows, not to mention other materials and objects within the infested room, such as carpets and curtains.
This method of bed bug control involves raising room temperatures to or above the killing temperature for bed bugs, which is around 45 °C (113 °F). Heat treatments are generally carried out by professionals, and may be performed in a single area or an entire building. Heat treatment is generally considered to be the best method of eradication because it is capable of destroying an entire infestation with a single treatment. HEPA air filtration is normally used during any heat treatment to capture particulate and biological matter that may be aerosolized during the heating process.
Bed bugs can be killed by a direct one hour exposure to temperatures of −16 °C (3 °F), however, bed bugs have the capacity for rapid cold hardening, i.e. an hour-long exposure to 0 °C (32 °F) improved their subsequent tolerance of −14 to −16 °C (7 to 3 °F) so this may need to be maintained for longer. Freezer temperatures at or below −16 °C (3 °F) should be sufficient to eliminate bed bugs and can be used to decontaminate household objects. This temperature range should be effective at killing eggs as well as all stages of bugs. Higher temperatures however are not effective, and survival is estimated for temperatures above −12 °C (10 °F) even after 1 week of continuous exposure.
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