Bed bug dogs are modern day warriors against the invasion of creepy little creatures who by mere thought alone conjure feelings of nausea and sheer terror. Bed bugs are opportunistic tiny insects so small they are difficult to see, no bigger than a speck of dust.
Bed Bug Short History
Man’s war against bed bugs has been fought since our earliest days. In the 1990s, archaeologists found fossilized bed bugs while excavating a 3,550-year-old site in Egypt. Bed bugs are world travelers. In ancient times they hitched a ride to their next destination on caravans and then they traveled the world by ship.
With the advent of train travel they traveled Europe and the Americas. Boarding houses., run down hotels and rooming spaces became the bed bug distribution centers. In the 1940s, along came DDT, a pesticide used to kill typhus and malaria carriers during World War II. This pesticide also proved so effective against bed bugs that their numbers dwindled to near extinction for almost 30 years. In the 1980’s DDT and many other forms of pesticides were outlawed due to health concerns.
Lifecycle of a Bed Bug
Now travel is worldwide and the distribution network has grown in size and speed. It is now possible for a bed bug to leave London and arrive in New York before a day has passed without being detected Mrs. Bed bug has already had an opportunity to lay about five eggs in your clothing and your luggage.
Once you get to your hotel room or your home, she continues to lay another 5 eggs a day which go on detected. Throughout their adult lives in a sheltered location (mattress seams, crevices in box springs, spaces under baseboards, etc.). Eggs hatch in about 4-12 days into first instar nymphs which must take a blood meal before molting to the next stage.
You and your family are the unwitting hosts of your new roommates, the bloodthirsty little bed bugs. In the beginning you probably won’t even notice. You might even dismiss the first bites with the scratch at an itch, but by the time large red welts appear you have an out of control infestation at hand.
Bed Bug Habitat
Bed bugs are tiny insects which feed exclusively on blood. These tiny insects aren’t picky about where they live. They are as comfortable in a fully staffed mansion with butlers and maids as they are in a house trailer with just you, your spouse and the kids.
Bed bugs can go without eating for months at a time. This allows them to become resilient little creatures which thrive in environments like hotel rooms or dormitories, and eventually your home.
Once these bugs have taken up residence in your bedroom, they’re difficult to find and even more difficult to remove.
Bed Bug Removal
There are a couple of way to removed bed bugs. The first is the do it yourself (DIY) way and the second is by hiring a professional exterminator. Taking the DIY route means that you better plan on spending a lot of time on your hands and knees with a flashlight between your teeth as you crawl around your bedroom floors, removing your sheets and turning your bedroom into a war zone.
Although bed bugs prefer dark, warm places, such as the nooks and crannies of mattresses they can be found in furniture, under the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting or cracks in drywall. Practically anywhere is a bed bug breeding ground and using DIY methods rarely if ever completely remove these pests.
Hiring a Professional Exterminator
Hiring a professional exterminator is a way to completely remove bed bugs from your home, but it also adds potentially harmful chemicals to your environment. On average the cost to rid your home of this enemy invasion is $1500 or more and that is just to spray your home with toxic chemicals whether you have an infestation or not. And how can you be sure those nasty chemicals did their job?
Bed Bug Inspection
Going Green It requires us to be better stewards of the world around us. It requires us to be more mindful of chemical toxicity and the impact of the chemicals we add to our living spaces and the environment around us. Canine bed bug inspection fits that stewardship description perfectly.
Certified bed bug dogs allow us to effectively determine if an area has an infestation or does not. Using bed bug dogs to determine the presence of these pests allow for a prudent application of chemicals as only areas needing treatment receive the poisons and reduce costs
The end result is there are potentially less exposure to deadly toxins. The environment and you breathe more easily. You have more peace of mind in an already stress filled world and you keep more money in your pocket. Your pest control expert is more efficient, saving time and expenses by treating only known problem areas.
For more information on how you can get involved in the fast growing home business opportunity of bed bug inspections give us a call at 905-988-8800 and ask for Sid Murray. We are located in Ontario, Canada. If you are a pest control agency call us to find out how a bed bug dog can add to your bottom line.
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