Bed Bugs: two little words can be quite the menace to your Denver, Colorado home should it fall victim to an infestation.
Prevention is key
Bed bugs can appear in clean or dirty homes alike throughout the Denver area. They will always congregate wherever warm-blooded animals are sleeping consistently, since they’re only active during the cooler nighttime hours. Early detection of bed bugs is the surest bet to stopping an infestation in your house before it starts.
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Tell-tale signs of bed bug activity include itchy bumps and bites on your skin after you wake up. Bed bugs can usually be found under the mattress on whatever side you wake up every morning. You may also see blood spots on the fitted sheet or mattress cover, just like you would when swatting a mosquito. Bed frames with slats, or ones put together from lots of different-sized components provide more hiding places for bed bugs to sleep and lay eggs with less chance of detection. Be sure to check these types of beds more often.
My how they grow….at 70⁰ 40 bed bugs can grow to 6000 in 6 months
Female bed bugs lay between one and five eggs each day and may lie up to 500 eggs within one lifetime.Their eggs are white, slightly pear-shaped, and about 1/32” long, about the size of a pinhead. The eggs are found in clusters of between 10-50 although eggs can be found individually. Bed bugs lay eggs in their hiding places, cracks and crevices. The eggs hatch in about 6-10 days and the newly emerged bed bug nymphs seek a blood meal.
Bed bugs and chemicals – what do they do?
Because treatments are required in sleeping areas and other sensitive locations, methods other than chemical pesticides are in demand. Concerns over the possible health effects of pesticides on people and pets, as well as the dispersal of bed bugs to neighboring dwellings due to repellent effects of insecticides, make the practice of chemically treating the mattresses problematic.
Heat is the answer.
Clothes dryers can be used for killing bed bugs in clothing and blankets. Infested clothes and bedding is first washed in hot water with laundry detergent then placed in the dryer for at least 20 minutes at high heat.
An advanced technology known as Thermal Remediation (heat treatment) is a safe, efficient and highly effective solution for the control of bed bugs. Specialized mobile heating units are used within bed bug infested areas to heat and maintain air temperatures between 120°F to 135°F – the temperature range known to kill all stages of bed bug development.