If you’re planning on travelling this summer, you may come in contact with a small intruder in your home away from home…bed bugs! Luckily, pest control experts have some tips on how to make sure your trips, or staycations, are as bug-free as possible.
According to Orkin Canada, the largest pest control company in Canada, cases of bed bugs continue to persist in the Canadian market. Where you’re travelling this summer, or where you own a home or business, or just where you’ll have guests, it always helps to keep tabs on whether or not you’re dealing with an infestation.
Bed bugs are small, nocturnal, wingless insects belonging to the insect family of Cimicidae. They are an oval shape and can grow up to 4-5 mm long. Adult bed bugs have a flattened body and their skin colour is either rust brown or a deeper red-brown.
They feed on humans and other warm-blooded animals. They are very annoying as bites can be itchy.
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Bed bugs multiply quickly, with females laying up to 500 eggs in her lifetime. In just six months, a few of these pests can turn into an infestation of more than 13,000. Adults can also survive for a year without feeding, so even if you leave, they might not.
So what can you do when you have bed bugs?
The best way you can tell if there are bed bugs in the area is to look for the small spots of reddish-black fecal matter on your bedding, mattress or box springs they leave after feeding.
Don’t disturb the room or take out any items as this may cause them to spread further.
The best thing to do is stop using the room and ‘quarantine’ it until professional pest control can be called.
You can learn more about bed bug and other pest prevention at Orkin Canada’s website.
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