New Jersey pest control professionals constantly encounter bed bugs on a daily basis. Despite reports of their uprising from coast to coast, and worldwide for that matter, some people think that bed bugs will never catch up to them. Once almost eliminated from the map in America, bed bugs are once again easy to encounter as they can be found any place that humans can be found. Some people blame their resurgence on foreign travel, some on the lack of potent pesticides, some on the practice of using second hand furniture, some on the lack of knowledge about the nocturnal nibblers. New Jersey pest control professionals believe that it is combination of all of the above reasons why bed bugs have been able to survive, thrive and prosper in recent years.
Bed bugs don’t eat plants, insects, sugars, liquids, or meat products. Instead they feed off of human blood. If hungry enough, they will settle for the blood of cats, dogs, rodents, or birds, but humans are their biggest target. Most people do not feel the bite of a bed bug as they inject a straw-like tube into their victim with an anesthetic to ensure that the bite is painless, and anticoagulant to ensure that the blood flows well. A second tube is then injected into the skin to slurp blood out. These creepy bugs will feast upon their host between 5 and 15 minutes before scurrying off to digest their blood meal. You can expect them to return for more blood every five to ten days.
It is estimated that about 50% of the people who are bitten by bed bugs suffer the allergic reaction associated with the bites. Statistics show that women are more likely than men to be bitten by bed bugs, assumedly because women’s skin is thinner than men’s skin is. Bed bug bites can cause skin rashes, blisters, and scars. Bed bugs are known to carry 28 human pathogens, but so far health care experts don’t think that bed bugs are a health threat to humans.
Bed bug infestations are best treated by a licensed pest control professional that is trained in bed bug eradiation procedures. For expert bed bug removal services in New York or New Jersey, contact Stern Environmental Group.