Bed Bug Extermination and Treatments
A bed bug pictured on a host
Bed Bugs Pictured in the seam of a mattress.
Bed bug infestations are usually caused by two species of insects from the genus Cimex family. The Cimex lectularius (the common bed bug) and Cimex hemipterus (Tropical but still found in New Zealand Regularly).
Bed Bugs feed exclusively on blood and can survive a year or more without eating. Adult Cimex Species are a brown to reddish brown colour, flat, oval, and have no hind wings.
Bed bugs are highly resistant to insecticides. A combination of treatments such as heat, steam , and residual insecticides are often used to treat for Bed Bugs.
They are not only found in beds. They also live in buses, trains, aircraft, and lots of other public areas. Treatment requires extensive inspections of most items in a room and the room itself needs to be thoroughly examined, and treated. Bug bombs generally don't work, and often help to scatter the bugs over a greater area making the problem worse.
How do you get bed bugs?
Bed bugs are notorious travellers and have been known to hitch rides in hand bags, back packs, suitcases, used furniture and much more. They can also travel between rooms in Back Packers and Hotels often brought in by unsuspecting travellers who have stayed somewhere else infested with bed bugs.
Hosts are often bitten at night and because bed bug saliva contains anesthetic compounds bites are often not felt till several hours later when they develop and become irritated.
Bed bugs have also been suspected of transmitting communicable diseases however evidence is limited on this theory.
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Bed Bug bites pictured on a host.