Yes we do have bed bugs here in Montana.Bed bugs are easily spread & can be found not only in hotels & motels in our state but also in apartments and homes.Early treatment is key to solving bed bug problems, if you suspect bed bugs have a qualified pest control expert conduct a Bed Bug Inspection to find out if you actually have an infestation.For Bed Bug Inspection & treatment we trust Custom West Pest Control Missoula
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What Are Bed Bugs?Bed Bugs are small, flightless, rust-colored parasites that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. Homeowners should learn the telltale signs of these pests.Adult bed bugs are flat and can be the size of apple seeds, Aprox. 1/4 inch to 3/8 inches long with rust-colored, oval bodies. Newly hatched bed bugs are semi-transparent, light tan in color, and the size of a poppy seed.
Yet, due to their elusive nature, their presence is usually discovered through peripheral clues rather than by seeing the bugs themselves. Some of these signs include small droppings, blood smears, crushed bugs, or the itchy bumps that may result from bites. The bugs may be disturbed while feeding and leave a cluster of bumps, or they may bite in a row, marking the path of a blood vessel. The parasites emit a characteristic musty odor, although the smell is sometimes not present in even severe infestations. The bugs also emit a scent that is picked up by dogs, which has lead to the implementation of dogs for bed bug detection. Properly trained dogs can find bed bugs in wall voids, furniture gaps, and other places that homeowners may overlook. This helps exterminators to know where they should focus their efforts.
History and ResurgenceBed bugs were all but eradicated in the 1950s, but they have re-emerged in a big way. At the Environmental Protection Agencys National Bed Bug Summit in 2009, researchers decided that the parasites revival is more appropriately termed a pandemic rather than an epidemic, noting its rapid spread across large regions and different continents. The United States has seen a 50-fold increase in bed bug infestations over the last five years, according to the National Pest Management Association. The outbreak has affected most parts of North America and Europe, especially in urban areas.Researchers believe that bed bugs resurfaced for two reasons: the termination of the use of the pesticide DDT; and a rise in international travel. DDT, a powerful and dangerous synthetic pesticide, was widely used in agriculture & pest control until a public outcry concerning its safety lead to a U.S.-ban of the chemical in 1972, followed by international bans. This would permit future outbreaks to grow unchecked when travel increased from countries where bed bugs were never subjugated, such as India.Urban hubs of international travel, such as New York City, have been hit hardest by the resurgence. The bugs hitch ridesfrom country to country in suitcases and creep into hotel rooms, where other guests are then exposed and unknowingly spreadthe parasites to movie theatres, cabs, buses, hospitals, their homes, and everywhere in between. In New York City, bed bug reports increased 800% from 2008 to 2009, a year in which the Department of Housing Preservation and Development received 13,152 complaints of bed bug infestations.For Anti-Bed Bug Travel TipsChecklist visit our PDF Libray
Fortunately, the health dangers posed by bed bugs appear to be limited to temporary skin irritation and inflammation, akin to mosquito bites. There are no known cases of disease transmission from bed bugs to humans. However, a small percentage of the population may experience anaphylactic shock. Measures should be taken to prevent bacterial infection of bites from bed bugs by washing the area with soap and water and applying an antiseptic.For DIY Non-Chemical Bed Bug ManagementChecklist visit our PDF Libray
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