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Bed Bug Family Ties: Unraveling The Mystery Of Their Resiliency

One of the reasons that people fear bed bug infestations is because the little pests are so hard to eliminate. Researchers from North Carolina State University may have discovered a new clue in the battle against bed bugs: they are able to successfully inbreed. This is important because it means that bed bugs can replicate quickly, even when there are just a few bugs living in a given space.

What is the Research Based On?

The study examined a total of three apartment buildings on the east coast, both in the north and south of the country. Researchers determined that the bed bug infestations in all of the apartments were similar in one important way: the bed bugs were all closely related to one another.

What Does it Mean?

The research helps experts understand why it is so hard to get rid of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are hitchhikers; if an individual brings home a pregnant female, an infestation can quickly take hold. Once that female gives birth, the babies will begin to mate, both with their siblings and with their mother. Treatment for bed bugs is expensive, and because the pests like to hide in cracks and crevices, it is hard to get rid of the entire infestation even when a professional is involved. And, because of inbreeding, one or two survivors could mean a fresh infestation not too far down the road.

Why are Bed Bugs a Problem?

While they do not carry disease, which is a relief, there is a negative stigma attached to bed bugs. In addition, the treatment is very expensive compared to traditional pest control, due in part to how much work goes into eradicating the bugs. Finally, bed bugs do bite. The bites can be quite itchy and may even resemble a rash on some people, leading to discomfort and agitation in the affected individual.

What Can be Done to Prevent Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs can be transported from one place to another via the human body. However, that actually does not happen as often as people think. If a bed bug attaches to you, it generally can’t stay on for longer than ten minutes. Instead, most people carry the bugs home either through secondhand furniture or through their luggage after traveling.

To avoid bed bugs, make sure you carefully examine any furniture that you bring into the house. Put bed bug covers on your bed, and when you return from a trip, make sure that your dirty laundry and bedding goes directly into the washing machine and the dryer. While there are no guarantees, taking these steps should help.

Bed bugs are tricky pests to eliminate. Although new research is helping us understand these bugs a little better, it is still very difficult to treat an infestation when one occurs. Keep in mind, however, that while bed bugs may bite, they will not harm you or your family members in any other way. Try and prevent an infestation as much as possible, but make sure to keep a cool head if one occurs.

Morgan is a blogger for Excel Termite & Pest Control, an extermination company located in New Jersey. When Morgan isn’t writing, she enjoys reading and traveling with her family.

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December 10, 2013 - 10:25 PM No Comments

The Ins and Outs of Perimeter Pest Control

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Implementing perimeter pest control around your home or business is a good way to take action against the pests that plague numerous residential and commercial properties every year before they become a menace to you. Though there is a slight chance that insects or rodents could already be living inside of your structure, pest control professionals find that most pests come in from the outside searching for food and a warm place to take shelter. This means that by beginning your pest prevention and control on the exterior, you should have less to worry about on the interior.

What is Perimeter Pest Control?

The idea behind perimeter pest control is to keep insects and rodents from ever making their way into a structure. By treating the source of the colony or nest and finding burrows of unwanted animals, there is a greater chance of avoiding a battle with these pests on the inside of your home or business. Treatment applied to the exterior of a building, including its foundation, lawn, driveway, landscape beds, patios, etc., will act as a barrier between your home and the annoying and damaging pests that threaten to violate and contaminate your personal space.

Benefits

The benefits of perimeter pest control are plenty. Besides the obvious advantage of not having to deal with trespassing pests invading your home or business, perimeter defense allows you to keep the treatment chemicals outside and away from the areas you live or work in. It also works to eliminate a variety of pests without harming your lawn, flowers, soil, trees, plants, etc., and with it being an odorless, colorless application, you may not even remember it’s there (although it will continue to do its job day after day). Another convenience of perimeter control is the home or business owner not necessarily having to be around during the service, which makes scheduling an uncomplicated process.

Seasonal Scheduling

Most pest control companies will recommend perimeter treatments to be applied three to five times a year for year-round protection. This includes spring, summer and fall treatments since different pests are more prevalent at different times of the year.

Services Performed

Each company will vary in their services, but in general, perimeter pest control will involve sealing cracks or gaps in the building’s exterior, removing cobwebs, checking for screens on doors, windows and vents, reducing excessive moisture around the property, making sure firewood and mulch are not in close proximity to the structure and applying treatment to window frames, lighting fixtures, downspouts and a specified area of footage all around the foundation.

Effective Perimeter Protection

For the most effective perimeter control, there are a few tips for home and business owners to consider that will aid in the fight against undesired pests. Trim trees and bushes back away from the structure, keep a clean yard so there are less places for pests to hide, make sure outside trash cans are sealed and not overflowing and don’t allow consistent access to pet food. Following these guidelines along with executing a perimeter pest control plan will help you to see greater results in your war with pests.

A thorough perimeter pest control program can support you in achieving what most home and business owners would love to accomplish, which is never having to deal with a pest infestation inside their building.

About the Author

Tiffany Olson is a full-time blogger from Northern California who has a special interest in home related topics. She loves to share information with the public via guest blogging and social media.

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December 3, 2013 - 6:47 PM No Comments
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