A current epidemic is happening all over Denver and cities like it. It's an outbreak that seems to have no cure, an outbreak that seems to have no limits to how far it can go. People have been affected everywhere, people have spent hundreds of dollars looking for a solution. What is this outrage? What is this horrid outbreak? What is this disgusting epidemic?
Bed Bugs.... the mother fuckers.
What is a bed bug?
A bed bug is a small, flat, brown, little bug that feeds off of blood. It gets it's food, from you. It robs you in your sleep by sneaking into your room at night, creeping into your bed, and then BITING you (and not in the vampiric romantic kind of way). Then the little insect scurries away to hide... or lay eggs so more little thieves can steal your precious blood.
Now, what makes this a bad thing (because honestly, who's going to miss a pinprick of blood?) is what they leave behind. When they bite you, they leave a mark, much like a mosquito would. It's a small red bump that, in my experience, itches and looks like you got hit with an ugly stick. Multiple bites mean multiple marks, which means multiple itches and the more you look like you have some kind of disease.
They also leave behind excrement on your bed, pillows, walls, floors. This starts to look like black "mold" and can get really nasty.
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- A bed bug can survive a year without feeding.
- A bed Bug hates heat, 120 degrees or more will kill them when exposed to it for a period of time.
- Bed bug infestations have increased 71% since 2001.
- Occasionally “bed bug” problems are actually caused by bat or bird bugs that can be found in buildings that have bats or birds living in the structure
- Repeated exposure to bed bug bites may cause some people to become sensitized to the saliva and result in mild to intense allergic reactions.
- Eggs are white in color and approx. 1 mm in length and glued to the surface they are laid on.
- Eggs hatch in 6 to 10 days
- The newly hatched nymph (approx. 1.5 mm) is white to pale yellow until their first blood meal after which they become reddish-brown in color.
- Development time from first nymph stage to sexually mature adult is 35 to 48 days under favorable environmental conditions.
- Female bed bugs lay 1 to 5 eggs after each blood meal and can lay a total of 200 eggs during its lifetime of approximately 9 to 18 months.
- It takes a bed bug about 5 to 10 minutes to finish a blood meal. The bites are painless, so the host is unaware they are being bitten.
- Waking up with red, itchy bug bites. Bed bugs are intermittent feeders and may feed, move to a new spot and feed again. A pattern of 3 bites in a row is a reported characteristic of bed bug bites.
- Housekeeping: minimize floor clutter (e.g., boxes, books, clothing, etc.) to reduce the number of bed bug hiding places.