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What are Nymphs?

Nymphs are immature (young) stages of bed bugs. They grow by shedding their skin (molting), but they require a blood meal in order to molt. Bed Bugs have 5 nymphal stages, each slightly larger than the preceding one. Nymphs of all stages are smaller than the adult stage. Newly hatched nymphs are only 1/16 inch…

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How to Identify Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are insects that have three body regions (head, thorax and abdomen), six legs and a pair of antennae. Bed bugs have piercing-sucking mouth parts that they use to pierce the skin and then suck up blood(that’s their only source of food and water) All bed bugs are wingless. They don’t fly or jump.…

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Tips for Bed Bugs in the Workplace

(Source: Although bed bugs are typically thought to be a household pest, they can hitchhike with people to their places of employment. In fact, a 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey by NPMA found that 45% of pest control professionals have encountered bed bugs in office buildings. Here are the NPMA’s tips to prevent bringing bed…

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The Truth About Bed Bug Sprays

You just found out that you have bed bugs. The first reaction for most people is to drop everything and run to the store to buy every imaginable bug spray to kill these invasive little pests. The truth of the matter is, bed bug spray may kill a bug on contact, however, it will not…

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Characteristics of Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs will bite anywhere on the body where there is skin. Typically, bites tend to occur on areas exposed during sleeping, such as: neck face hands shoulders arms legs Almost all bed bug bites will produce some degree of discomfort, typically itchiness and inflammation immediately after the bite to days or even weeks later.…

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Where do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bed bugs are nocturnal and usually come out to feed at night when you’re sleeping and therefore make it very difficult to spot them. They are attracted to the carbon dioxide you exhale while you’re sleeping which triggers an alert that it is a safe feeding time. Typically, once you see active bed bugs crawling…

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Bed Bugs vs. Fleas?

What’s the difference between bed bugs and fleas? Knowing whether you’re facing off with bed bugs or fleas can make a lot of difference in who you call and how you proceed. Here’s how to tell. Bed Bug vs. FleaShutterstock (2) If you’re not really sure if you’re dealing with bed bugs or fleas, you’re…

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CDC Warns About Pesticides

If you or anyone you know has a bed bug infestation, please read the below articles regarding the dangers of using and misusing pesticides and insecticides.   The less expensive treatment could come with major side effects and health problems, on top of the added cost for health care. Heat treatments are 100% safe and the…

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CHAGAS DISEASE AND BED BUGS What is Chagas Disease? The Brazilian doctor Carlos Chagas discovered Chagas disease in the early 1900s. The disease is spread through the droppings of kissing bugs (also called assassin bugs). Kissing bugs like to suck blood near people’s eyes and mouth at night and will defecate near the bite. People…

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