Bed bugs are basically parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. The name “bed bug” is derived from the preferred habitat of Cimex lectularius: warm houses and especially nearby or inside of beds and bedding or other sleep areas. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed. Bed bugs are attracted to their hosts primarily by carbon dioxide, secondarily by warmth, and also by certain chemicals. Bedbugs prefer exposed skin, preferably the face, neck and arms of a sleeping individual. Although under certain cool conditions adult bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding, under typically warm conditions they will try to feed at five to ten day intervals and adults can survive for about five months without food.
It takes between five and ten minutes for a bed bug to become completely engorged with blood. In all, the insect may have spent less than 20 minutes in physical contact with its host, and it will not attempt to feed again until it has either completed a molt or, if an adult has thoroughly digested the meal.
Once feeding is complete, a bed bug will relocate to a place close to a known host, commonly in or near beds or couches in clusters of adults, juveniles, and eggs which entomologists call harborage areas or simply harborages to which the insect will return after future feedings by following chemical trails. Bed bugs use pheromones and kariomones to communicate regarding nesting locations, feeding and reproduction.
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Helpless Matuga residents fear for their health as bedbugs invade homes
Makongeni residents say they have unsuccessfully tried to get rid of the ‘uninvited guests’.
- They say the traditional pesticides are inferior and cannot kill the bedbugs, yet what they earn is too little to enable them to acquire effective insecticides.
- They now want the county government and good Samaritans to assist in finding a remedy.
Makongeni residents in Matuga live in fear of contracting skin diseases as bedbugs continue to invade their homes.
This comes barely a month after Maledi locals decried increased presence of rats that caused great damage to food crops in Lunga-Lunga constituency.
Led by Amina Bakari, the Makongeni residents said the invasion is worrying. They have unsuccessfully tried to get rid of the “uninvited guests”.
“We have tried everything but the bedbugs won’t leave us in peace,” Bakari said.
Washington DC Is Most Bed Bug-Infested City In US: Orkin
Washington, DC, rose to the top of Orkin’s 2020 rankings of the most bed bug-treated cities in the country.
By Deb Belt, Patch Staff
Jan 13, 2020
Washington, D.C., is ranked as the most bed bug-treated city in the country for 2020, according to Orkin. (Shutterstock)
WASHINGTON, DC — They are the two words no homeowner wants to hear: bed bugs. Orkin, the pest control and protection service, recently released its annual rankings of the 50 most bed bug-treated cities in the nation, and Washington, D.C., had the dubious honor of finishing in first place. Two Virginia cities also made the creepy crawly list.
It’s bad news for DC, which rose from its No. 2 ranking on last year’s list to the top of the bug-plagued heap.
The rankings were based on metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2018, to Nov. 30, 2019. Both residential and commercial treatments were included.
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Termirepel™ works by the mechanism of repellence by virtue of which it does not allow the insect/pest to come near the application and thus it negates the possibility of an infestation. Moreover it is available in the form of polymer compatible masterbatches as well as in lacquer form to be applied on wood and other furniture. Thus it is easy to apply and safe to use. Spray products are the easiest to handle and a special bedbug repellent spray is available for use.
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