We seem to be having an even heavier infestation of bed bugs here in Gauteng than usual this summer, even though, over the last few years, we have seen a gradual and marked increase of bed bug infestations. There can be a few reasons for this, but mainly it is considered to be a result of international travel, and continuous crossborder movement of humans here in Africa.
Bed bugs were nearly wiped out by the end of World War ll because of the effective use of DDT, but in 1972 DDT was banned, and experts believed that the direct result of that was a resurgence of bed bugs.
These nasty creatures can lay up to 5 eggs a day, and up to 500 eggs in a lifetime.
You will find them not only in your beds, but behind pictures and posters on the walls, inside skirting boards, in carpets, behind wallpaper, under cushions, in small cracks and crevices, and wherever it is nice and dark for them to hide.
They will come out at night to feed on you, their host. The hatchlings of a bed bug can pass through the smallest hole in linen or the mattress. Because their bite is painless, you will not know that it is sucking on you, drawing blood for about five minutes before retiring to digest it all.
- By the time you realise it all, you have a Bed Bug infestation
- A bed bug can ingest 7 times its own weight in blood
- Bed Bugs can withstand temperatures from freezing to 45 deg. Celsius
- Bed bugs can live more than a year without eating
A bed bug infestation requires a professional eradication process, involving proven chemicals that will wipe them out completely. Despite some claims to the contrary, the average home owner cannot treat an infestation successfully by him or herself.
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