Bed bugs have been with us for a very long time. In fact humans have been dealing with bed bugs since we lived in caves.
The bed bug is also know by the Latin Cimex Lectularius L. and is from the family of Cimicidae.
Bed bugs flat reddish brown oval insects about the size of an apple seed. After a blood meal they become swollen and reddish and, naturally increase in size when 'full'.
Starting off small in appearance bed bugs quickly grow through their life cycle after a number of blood meals. Bed bugs are small, wingless insects with six legs and are nocturnal.
Bed bugs reproduce at an alarming rate when the problem goes unchecked. For the most part, people realize that there is something wrong in their home by simply waking up with unexplained bites on their body.
Usually, the bites are in a grouping of between 2 - 4 but after a massive exposure such as when sleeping in a hotel room that is heavily infested, one may find oneself with 20 or more bites all at one time.
Bed bug bites are usually red and extremely itchy! In fact, many people report scratching the bed bug bites so hard that it breaks the skin. This can lead to scarring and infection so an over the counter itch relief
cream may be in order. For more severe cases it is recommended that you seek medical help from your doctor.
Identifying that you've been bitten by bedbugs is not always an easy thing to do. Some people do not react at all to bed bug bites whereas others react severely to them. For those that do not react to the bites there is often little obvious evidence that there is a bed bug problem as bed bugs are very good at hiding - both themselves and the evidence that they are there.
Sometimes, for those that do not react to the bed bug bites, the only clue that there is a problem is when they actually see a bed bug when they move some furniture or happen to come across the fecal matter or cast skins that the bed bugs leave behind.
Bed bugs are insidious little insects that can wreak havoc on ones psyche. By far the greatest risk to the psychological well being of someone dealing with a bed bug infestation is simply lack of sleep. The thought that one is being by bed bugs during sleep precludes the very notion of being able to get to sleep - and the vicious cycle begins. After a period of time this lack of sleep most definitely effects every aspect of a persons life. The inability to concentrate leads to poor work performance and even greater detrimental effects on family life. Although not warranted, there is absolutely a great social stigma associated with having bed bugs in our society. There is formal psychological help for those who need it in Toronto. For this reason our vehicles and equipment is UNMARKED!
It is absolutely critical to deal with a bed bug problem as quickly as possible to ensure that
Early detection is key so if you suspect that you may be dealing with bed bugs it is critical to take action sooner than later.