Bed Bugs are spreading throughout the United States at an alarming rate, 500% annually to be exact. They spread due to massive reproduction and the fact that they are “hitchhikers”, meaning they will attach themselves to luggage, clothing, etc. traveling wherever the unsuspecting host takes them.

Bed Bugs feed on a host (humans) at night due to their attraction to CO2 and heat. They feed on blood by injecting an anesthetic and an anticoagulant into the host to allow for better blood flow and an extended period of feeding without being noticed. On average, one bug will bite the human host up to 5 times before going back to the nest. Some people are hypersensitive to these bites and records have indicated permanent scarring on many individuals.

Bed Bugs start out as an egg, hatch into a nymph (adolescent), and will shed their exoskeleton 5 times into an adult. Adult females can lay 10 to 50 eggs that will hatch out in 6 to 17 days. This can mean as many as 100 insects in a one-month period, feeding on your tenants and hitchhiking to wherever.

Bed Bugs have been reported in every structure including Hospitals, Hotels, Houses, Apartments, Resorts, Hostels, Ships, Buses, Trains, Public Housing, Military Barracks, Jails, Prisons, Clinics, Schools, Office Buildings, and Airplanes. Quite Simply, Bedbugs live where they can feed, then hitchhike to a new place to feed, and so on. This lifestyle perpetuates the rapid growth and widespread distribution of the insect.

Health Concerns with Bed Bug Bites

Some people do not have noticeable reactions to Bed Bug bites. Unfortunately, many do react negatively to the bites ranging anywhere from allergic reactions (raised, itchy, red, welts at the site of the bite), permanent scarring, secondary infection (such as staph or skin disorders), anemia, sleeplessness, anxiety, stress, and severe and uncontrollable itching.

If you suspect you have bed bugs, it is important to call a bed bug exterminator right away before the problem becomes worse. At Ray Pest Control, we offer a number of effective pest control services, including bed bug control services. We proudly serve residents in Winston-Salem, Piedmont, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to get a free estimate on our bed bug extermination services.