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Bed Bugs Bite: How to Get Rid of Them

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination — admin @ 10:00 am September 6, 2016

Bed BugsChildren have been told countless times, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” It is an enduring term that passes from generation to generation. Yet what happens when it isn’t true? “Sleep tight; the bed bugs may bite” just doesn’t carry the same soothing tone. Yet people throughout the United States, particularly in New Jersey, contend with this reality far too often, according to Dr. Changlu Wang and his research team at Rutgers University.

After inspecting more than 2,300 low-income apartments in Bayonne, Hackensack, Irvington, and Paterson, researchers concluded that one in eight low-income apartments had bedbugs. Surprisingly, half of the residents didn’t even realize they had an infestation. Among the buildings examined, infestation rates wavered between 3.8 to 29.5 percent, with an average rate of 12.3 percent.

Yet the problem isn’t religated to apartment complexes. In recent months, bedbugs have been found in the upholstery at the South Orange library, leading to the library’s closure. They have been discovered in hotels, motels and homes as well.

Why the rise in bedbugs

Though bedbugs were nearly non-existent in the United States up until several years ago, the pests have become resistent to pestisides, thereby causing an insurgence. With the popularity of international travel, the critters are catching a ride into the country as well. Mistakenly, many people view bedbug treatment as a costly and time consuming endeavor. As a result, they avoid pest control, often either trying to ignore the problem or moving out of the location.

How to get rid of bedbugs

Pest control company

The most effective means of getting rid of the creatures is to call a company well-versed in pest control. Technicians are experienced and specially trained to eradicate the problem. Bedbugs are resistant to commercial bombs and sprays. Moreover, most of the chemicals available to consumers at hardware stores is used incorrectly, thereby driving the pests (temporarily) to an adjacent location, only to see them reappear shortly after.

Set traps

Bed bugs survive by eating blood, so it’s useful to look under mattresses and inside the box springs to find evidence of the pests. If you’re unable to find where they are hiding, it can be effective to set pitfall traps. Traps can be found at hardware stores and prevent bugs from climbing up the legs of the bed. Another option is to use dry ice to lure the bedbugs out from hiding.

Clean and clean again

Bed bugs are narrow and like to hide in small cracks and crevices. It’s important to keep your house as clean as possible, including steam cleaning and emptying vacuums after every use.

Contact Horizon for professional New Jersey bed bug control. Call 888.612.2847 today!

How to Check for Bed Bugs While Traveling

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 10:00 am August 11, 2016

Bedbug Everyone knows that classic bedtime rhyme: “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” You might laugh or scoff at the idea of bugs in your bed, secure in knowing that your own bed is bug-free.

But can you be so sure when traveling? You don’t know how well your hotel room and bed were cleaned before you got there. A bed bug infestation could even be missed by regular cleaning staff if they don’t check certain places often. The best thing you can do to enjoy your hotel stay and avoid an encounter with bed bugs is to check the room and bed yourself. But first, what are bed bugs?

Knowing a Bed Bug When You See One

Bed bugs are technically public health pests, even though they don’t spread any diseases. They bite you and feed on your blood, resulting in itchiness and irritation. Some people have severe allergic reactions to the bite or develop secondary skin infections. They probably won’t kill you, but at the very least they are extremely annoying to deal with.

If you’re going to check for bed bugs, you should know what they look like. On average, they are five millimeters long (about the size of an apple seed) and are oval and flat, like a squashed football. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, but younger bugs are smaller and more translucent.

A Do-It-Yourself Bed Bug Inspection

Now that you know what bed bugs look like, it’s time to find them. They like to hide in and around beds, especially near the seams of the mattress and box spring. Pull back the covers and sheets of the bed so that you can inspect the mattress and its seams. You’ll be looking for a number of things:

  • Live bed bugs, as described above
  • Rust-colored stains from a bed bug being crushed
  • Tiny eggs or eggshells, or the translucent yellow skin that juvenile bed bugs shed as they grow
  • Fecal spotting, which looks like dots made by a ballpoint pen

Bed bugs also hide in the cracks of bed frames and headboards, so make sure you check those areas, as well.

It’s extremely important that you do this inspection the minute you enter the hotel room. Once you’ve encountered bed bugs, it’s difficult to get rid of them as they are very good hitchhikers—they latch on and follow you wherever you go. Not only do bed bugs affect you, they affect everyone you come into contact with. So do your part and stop the problem before it spreads. Check every hotel room for any sign of bed bugs, because it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

If you need help with bed bug control, call Horizon Pest Control. Our pest are trained to look for bed bugs and treat infected sites.

Bed Bugs May Be Growing Resistant to Pesticides

Filed under: Bed Bug,Pest Control — admin @ 10:00 am August 4, 2016

Bed BugCimex lectularius, the common blood-sucking bed bug, continues to plague New York City. The City’s bed bug infestation has not only spread throughout the city in the past years, but has now become so intractable and ubiquitous that the official complaints to the City have become to decrease. Official complaints fell from 7,760 in the first five months of 2012 to 3,950 in 2016. Rather than news of winning the war against the irritating menace, this instead demonstrates that New York City residents have moved from anger and annoyance and onto despair in their war on the tiny vermin.

People are not necessarily complaining to the city about bed bugs any more, but the problem is still there.  Theaters, restaurants, hotels, apartments, hospitals, schools, cabs and buses are all suffering their own widespread infestations and independent testing indicates that the bugs are still found found in high concentrations throughout the city.

Evolving Resistance

The compact nature of the city and the increased human activity of the summer months have both contributed to their continued spread. Apart from the fact that the biting insects are virtually everywhere, the use of weak pesticides has spurred an evolutionary reaction in the NYC bedbugs. In short, they have become resistant to the pesticides used, rendering them far less effective. Just as overuse of antibiotics is allowing resistant bacteria to thrive, creating new antibiotic-resistant bacteria, so too bedbugs are evolving a tolerance for the chemicals used.

The pesticides available to the general public for use against bed bugs are by now almost entirely ineffective. Already among the most chemical tolerant of insect pests, bed bugs in New York are not only developing a biological immunity but also evolving anatomical adaptations as well. Etymologists have observed that the exoskeletons of the pests have thickened to better protect them from contact with the chemicals meant to eradicate them. The misting pesticides in particular help build their tolerance and further the process of evolution first by exposing the bugs to smaller, sometimes nonlethal doses that allow them to build their tolerance to the chemicals and second, by leaving alive the strongest bugs with the thickest exoskeletons.

A recent study on the genetic code specific to the NYC bedbugs examined bed bugs at 1,400 sites. Louis Sorkin, a senior scientific assistant at the American Museum of Natural History, found that many bedbugs have a genetic mutation making them resistant to typically bed bug treatments. The academic paper goes on to cite just this phenomenon of evolutionary adaptation due to weak residential pesticides that has helped to guide their evolution, making them stronger in the process.

Direct contact with high doses of some chemicals will kill the some of the bugs, but this direct contact is very difficult to achieve for the average City resident because after a few minutes of the spray’s application, most chemicals have lost their potency and the bed bugs generally only emerge at night when they detect sleeping humans.

What To Do

Avoiding contact is ideal, but with so many infestation vectors now, from public transportation to a hotel room, from a package in the mail to even the entrance of the electric wires, keeping bed bugs out is nearly impossible. The infestation is expected to continue to worsen as City residents continue to accelerate their evolution without actually killing the bugs. Calling a professional bed bug exterminator and looking for effective alternatives to weak pesticides are what experts are recommending.

How to Identify Stink Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Horizon Pest Control,Pest Control,Pest Management — admin @ 10:37 pm June 3, 2016

stink bugs

While stink bugs are not typically dangerous to humans or pets, they can be a nuisance inside your home, especially during the fall and spring. Most stink bug infestations occur when it starts getting cold and when it begins to warm up, since the bugs are actively looking for ways into or out of your home at these times.

How to Identify a Stink Bug.

The most common characteristic that almost every variety of stink bug shares is the wide and flat design of its exoskeleton. To most people, it appears as though there is a hard shield on the back of a stink bug, with some specimens growing up to three-fourths of an inch long and wide. A putrid odor comes from the underside of the insect when it senses it is in danger, which can be another telling sign that you are dealing with a stink bug.

When and Where are Stink Bugs Usually Seen?stink bugs

Stink bugs do not tolerate cold weather very well and will try to get to a warmer, protected area before the weather turns too cold. This results in the bugs trying to get into your house around the middle of fall, when it starts getting fairly cold at night. The bugs tend to hibernate during the winter if they haven’t completely made it inside your house, but their hibernation mechanism does not kick in if they make it inside a living area. Once it warms up outside, they will usually try to exit your home, but may end up coming right into your living space instead.

They can usually be found in areas that do not see a lot of foot traffic, especially somewhere like an attic or behind drywall in on exterior walls. During the winter, you will probably see very few stink bugs, even if you do have an infestation, but during the spring you may see a lot of them coming out from any cracks in your drywall and ceiling, as well as from older HVAC vents that are not properly sealed.

What do Stink Bugs Eat?

Stink bugs generally stick to fruits and vegetables as they are an agricultural pest. In the summer, you might see them in your garden where they can do some damage by killing any growing vegetables. In your home, they typically do not eat anything as they are just trying to get outside in order to reproduce. As with most pests, if you see one or two of them in your house, you can bet that there are many times that number hiding just out of sight, requiring the services of an exterminator to get rid of them.

How to Identify Bed Bugs and Treat Them Properly

Filed under: Bed Bug,Bed Bug Extermination,Pest Control — admin @ 3:36 pm April 30, 2016

Bed BugBed bugs have made a resurgence in New Jersey and across all of America. While not known to transmit disease like some other bugs, bed bugs are more than just an annoyance. Anyone who has had bed bugs knows that an infestation can cause an abundance of stress and anxiety. Additionally, it can cause physical issues with painful and irritating bites and skin rashes.

Bed bugs can live anywhere that they find a live host to feed on. The cleanliness of the home or other location has nothing to do with an infestation; even the most well-kept house can become victim to these little pests. Bed bugs are small and are easily transported on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and other personal belongings without being noticed. The increase in travel, especially internationally, has also fostered the spread of bed bugs to places where they had previously been eradicated.

Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped and are brown or reddish brown – more on the reddish side if they have recently fed on a host. They are often mistaken for other insects like ticks or small cockroaches, but unlinke those bugs, bed bugs have segmented bodies. These little bugs are tricky and they are usually active at night, so you may not see them, but there is some evidence that you can look for. Bed bugs leave small red or brown spots. This is actually partially digested blood from their fecal droppings, so the spots will smear if you try to wipe them away.

If you think that you may have bed bugs, it’s important to check your bed linens, mattress and box springs, upholstered furniture, electrical outlets, and behind wallpaper and picture frames, around the site you suspect. Remember, they are small and they like crevices and folds, and can even be inside your mattress or box springs, or inside your wall.

Bed bugs are no joke. They have become resistant to many pesticides, and home remedies are not usually able to destroy them completely. In fact, some home remedies may just cause the bed bugs to move to a friendlier spot in your home. Complete extermination of bed bugs is best managed by a pest professional. Even then, it will likely take several treatments to completely eliminate the bugs.

If you suspect that you have bed bugs, or have seen evidence that you might, don’t let your problem get worse! Call the professionals at Horizon Pest Control to help you get rid of bed bugs today.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found?

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 12:45 pm March 25, 2016

BedbugWhat are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are insects with a brown shell shape and a small head. Like other parasites that live on blood, they have adapted to the travel patterns of their food source. Places where travelers come and go have a high risk for bed bugs. Hotels, motels, and conference halls all deal with this issue. Bed bugs do not care about the rating of a hotel; they simply seek their food.

Where Are Bed Bugs Found Inside Your Property?

Bed bugs stay very close to their food source. They spend daylight hours hiding in cracks near a bed, within the mattress, and among the folds of fabrics. At night they only travel a short way to bite their victim. The bed of a hotel room is the most important place to search when checking for bed bugs. The wall and night stand close to the bed are also important. Leaving your own possessions stored in the bath tub, carefully turn back the bedding and lift up the mattress at both ends of the bed. Check all folds of material, the sewing along the edge of the mattress, and under the mattress. You are looking for beetle shaped insects or dark blood stains around the corners of the mattress. Check under the box springs, search the wall, and move any nearby furniture to search its joints and edges. Check the rest of the room as well- every piece of furniture, no matter how small. If you discover anything that concerns you, talk directly, but politely, to the manager. A different room far from the original room might work. If you find bed bugs there as well, do not stay in that hotel. The caution you practice now is far better than the trouble you face later if you carry a bed bug home in your suitcase or jacket.

What Can be Done if You Have Bed Bugs at Home?

If you discover bed bugs at home, contact New Jersey Bed Bug Control experts. You can also treat small problems yourself. First, zip all mattresses and box springs inside plastic storage bags. Second, clear the area around each bed and search every fold and corner. You can kill bed bugs by drowning them in a cup of water. Leave the beds in their bags for six months. Keep the phone number of an exterminator handy, just in case!

How to Tell if You Have Bed Bugs

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 11:03 pm November 13, 2015

If you’re waking up with red, hive-like bite marks on your body and you’re noticing dark spots on your mattress, you may have to face an unpleasant reality: bed bugs. These pests are more than just an annoyance. They can cause itchy, irritated bed bugs bites that can become infected.

By uncovering answers to the following questions, you can confirm whether you have an infestation and get help with bed bugs control.

Bed Bug ControlDo you have unexplained bites?

If you’re seeing little red bites on your skin and you can’t uncover the cause, they may well be from bed bugs. It’s rare to actually see bed bugs, since they emerge while you’re sleeping and only for short periods of time.

You’re also unlikely to feel the bite until later, making it harder to identify the culprit. And even most doctors can’t tell with certainty that a bite came from a bed bug. Bed bug bites can resemble those of other insects, including spiders and mosquitoes.

Bed bug bites will appear as red, itchy welts, typically on your upper body including shoulders and arms. The bites often appear in a straight line.

Do you have signs of an infestation?

Bed bugs are small and difficult to spot, and they’re excellent at hiding. But it is possible for your home to become infested with bed bugs in winter. With a little sleuthing, you can determine if you have them. Since bed bugs feed on mammals, you’ll want to inspect any places you use for sleeping or sitting.

Bed bugs create large amounts of waste, which will appear as dark spots on  your mattress. You also may find dark spots inside your mattress, in your box springs or in bed linens. Be sure to check everywhere the pests can hide, including inside and near the mattress, in curtains and in nearby furniture. Wall cracks, moldings and flooring also can harbor bed bugs.

Bed Bug ControlCan you catch bed bugs red-handed?

By keeping a flashlight beside your bed and turning it on an hour or so before the sun comes up, you may be able to spot bed bugs. This is the time the pests usually bite, but if you move too much, they’ll return to their hiding spots. Watch your sheets carefully for any movement indicating the presence of bed bugs.

Ridding your home of bed bugs

If you confirm that you do have an infestation of bed bugs in New Jersey, don’t attempt to eliminate them on your own. To ensure that bed bugs are gone for good, contact the professionals at Horizon Pest Control for quick and effective bed bug control.

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Attack of the bed bugs! by snowflakegirl, used under CC BY 2.0/resized from original

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Does Your Hotel Room Have Bed Bugs?

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 8:43 am May 19, 2015

Bed Bug ControlIf you stay in a hotel room that is also occupied by bed bugs you can be sure these small insects will travel with you when you check out. You will not recognize that they have gained access to your luggage and clothing. Bed bugs will then infect your home with rapid reproduction. Since bed bugs are the size of an apple seed, detecting them requires a careful inspection of the room. If you find signs of bed bugs, ask for another room immediately.

How To Check Your Hotel Room For Bed bugs

Inspect your room when you arrive. The first step is to place your luggage in the bath tub since this is a hard surface which is less likely to be a home for bed bugs. Never put your luggage or any item of clothing on the bed, and don’t place your luggage on the luggage rack.

Begin your inspection with a flashlight by closely examining the mattress, Bed bugs are most likely to live in the bedding since this where they find their food source. Carefully remove the bedding and the mattress pad while inspecting the four corners of the mattress and the box spring.. Check the edging, seams and other small areas of the mattress and the pillow covers. Lift the box springs up to a vertical position and thoroughly check the box spring.

Look behind the headboard by removing it if possible. Otherwise, pull it out as much as you can. If this is not possible, then slide a piece of cardboard between the headboard and the wall. This may bring out parts of bed bugs which will tell you to look further. Inspect every area of the night stand including under the drawers and behind the night stand. Next, check any upholstered chairs by carefully examining the seams and under any cushion that is a separate part of the furniture. Look at any welting or piping that may decorate the upholstery. Check the luggage rack also.

 Signs To Look For

Don’t just look for live bed bugs. Look for droppings, cast off skins or staining.

If you need help in dealing with pests in your hotels, Horizon has the best pest hospitality program for you.

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Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Filed under: Bed Bug — admin @ 6:53 am March 27, 2015

ImageBed bugs are rarely caught in the act because they are nocturnal and usually bite people while they are sleeping. Additionally, bed bugs inject an anesthetic when they bite that prevents the bite from being felt and possibly waking the sleeper. So how do you know if those red, itchy bites you woke up with are from bed bugs?

 

 

 

Recognizing Bed Bug Bites

 

What do bed bug bites look like?

The bitten area may be red, with the surrounded skin appearing swollen or inflamed. Unlike flea bites, bed bug bites do not have a red spot in the center. The skin around the bite may be irritated or itchy. Since a single bed bug may bite multiple times, bites may be found in clusters of three or more. These bites can occur in a straight line or a random pattern.

Where do bed bugs bite?

While flea bites are usually found near the ankles, bed bug bites tend to be on the face, neck, arms, and hands. Although, bed bug bites can be found on any part of the body that is exposed during sleep.

Other Signs of Infestation

If you’ve examined your bites and you’re still not sure if bedbugs are the culprit, there are a few other signs and symptoms of bed bug investigation.

  • Molted Exoskeletons: Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons after feeding as they mature.
  • Blood Spots: The fecal material of bed bugs is laden with blood and may leave rusty colored spots on sheets, mattresses, or nearby furniture.
  • Smell: Bed bug scent glands produce a sweet, musty odor

If you wake up with bug bites and have any of the above symptoms, you may have a bed bug infestation.

 

What To Do If You’ve Been Bitten by Bed Bugs

 

Medical Concerns

The good news is that for most people, bed bugs do not cause medical concerns. Symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as painful swelling near the bite, may need to be evaluated by a medical professional.

Contact a Pest Professional

Some pest concerns can be handled by homeowners, but bed bugs are particularly difficult to eradicate and should be dealt with by a professional.

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Ways to Know if Your House has Bed Bugs and Ways to Get Rid of Them

Filed under: Bed Bug,Pest Control — Megan Howard @ 9:00 am December 26, 2014

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Bed bugs are great at hiding and you may not even realize they are there until you find some signs of their presence. One of the most common signs of a bed bug invasion is when you find bite-marks after you have woken up from a nights rest. However, it is still difficult to say or to blame bed bugs for your bite marks since there are many different insects that can also bite you while you sleep. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are just some of the insects that can also cause bite-marks. So, until you find a bed bug and have it properly identified, it can be a bit ambiguous to know if you indeed have bed bugs in the house.

Ways to Know if Your House has Bed Bugs

Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattress

Bed bugs commonly feed at night while most of us are asleep. But, while these pests feed on us, they may also get crushed as we scratch them off unintentionally. We might also crush them without knowing. Finding some rusty or reddish stains on the bed sheet or the mattress may lead you to suspect their presence.

Finding their excrement

These excrements are small, dark spots that may also bleed on the fabric like how a marker pen would.

Sweet odor

Bed bugs usually emit a musty sweet odor from their scent glands where they are usually congregated in one corner.

Having bite marks

Although your bite-marks may also be the making of other insects, there may be some ways to determine if they really came from a bed bug. You may be unaware that these bugs are crawling and biting on you in the middle of the night. As they bite you, they will inject you with an anesthetic and an anticoagulant the stops you from realizing that they are sucking your blood. Most people do not even realize that they have been bitten until they find the bite marks. The bite marks may be itchy and irritating. Some bite marks may be in a straight line while other bites may be in random position.

Seeing bed bugs

If you find a bed bug crawling on you, on your bed, or in any places where they might have an easy access to you, then you have bed bugs in the house.

How to Get Rid of Them

It is not easy to get rid of bed bugs. It will take time to totally get rid of them. Getting rid of bed bugs will depend on the type of home you have and the extremity of the infestation. If you are able to find the bed bugs early before they have created a large infestation, then your home may be saved pretty quickly. For multi-house dwellings, the infestation may get worse if the bed bugs travel from one house to the next.

Everyone is at risk of getting bed bugs since we constantly travel, and bed bugs are great travelers. To help your home and to get rid of these bugs, consult a pest control specialist. While there are some home remedies that you can do on your own, time is critical when it comes to bed bugs. They know how to travel well, and they can hide well too. In most cases, regular vacuuming, laundering and drying of suspected and even unsuspected clothes and linens on high heat, and applying pesticides directly on the bugs can help in getting rid of them.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Horizon Pest Control offers affordable and effective Bed Bug Control in New Jersey. Call 1.888.612.2847 today!

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