Especially in summer, the house bug, better known as the bed bug, is a real nuisance. The tiny parasites feed on the blood of equally warm creatures, and also prefer humans as hosts. The bedbug is a cosmopolitan and is at home almost everywhere in the world – even in the Alps at an altitude of over 2000 meters.
Even in the tropics and subtropics there is a subspecies living there. This is also the reason why many apartments and hotel rooms are infested by the little crawlies in summertime. It happens very quickly and holidaymakers bring home the unwanted souvenirs in their luggage.
What should you do in case of suspected bug infestation:
- IMPORTANT: Respond immediately! The longer you wait, the bigger the problem.
- Collect a few of the animals in a closed can and give them to an expert pest controller to have the species identified – usually you will have to pay a handling fee.
- During this time, avoid moving the animals to other apartments, houses or cellars/roof compartments. This can cause the infestation to spread to other areas.
- Under no circumstances should you use commercially available pest control products without first consulting an expert pest control specialist.
- The effort of a professional bedbug control can usually only be carried out in several steps. One-off measures can never solve the problem!
BEDBUGS ARE NOT ONLY HOLIDAY SOUVENIRS, BUT ARE ALSO TRANSMITTED BY PIGEONS
However, few people know that a holiday in a domestic environment offers no protection from the parasites. One plague comes along with another plague: pigeons. “Rats of the air” not only transmit bacteria and pathogens, but also harbor and feed house bugs in their nests. Once the brood has flown away, the pests also migrate to neighbouring homes to find new food sources. Once in the bedrooms of the new hosts, the animals live in cracks and crevices of beds.
Although the bedbug was considered almost extinct in many countries, people owe this to better hygiene conditions, among other things. But due to the strong increase in long-distance travel, the bedbug is once again widespread. Another reason for the new worldwide occurrence of bedbugs is that many insects have developed resistance to the common insecticides and can never be completely controlled.
STRONG SKIN REACTIONS AND INFLAMMATIONS ARE THE CONSEQUENCE
A bedbug sucks so much blood at night – within just ten minutes – that it almost sevenfold its body weight. Although the transmission of diseases through bug bites is still unknown, they can trigger severe allergies or inflammations. In most cases, the injected saliva causes red, itchy pustules to form, which can last for several days. In a few cases, bites can lead to extensive skin inflammation.
In order to guarantee one hundred percent safety in the control of bedbugs, traditional pest control is necessary in any case. If you detect an infestation, do not wait any longer, but call a specialist company for help immediately.