Bed bugs hide in human beds and take bits on the skin to suck blood whenever they can come in contact with their host. A bug bite can cause skin allergies and sometimes the allergic reaction could be severe in nature.
Apart from the allergic reaction, bed bugs can also cause psychological problems for their hosts.
These bugs were gone for many decades before they started reappearing during the late 1990s. The resurrection has been favorable for one species of these bugs in particular – the common bed bug – which has already spread throughout the U.S. Orlando Fl. residents are no different, and many cases are being reported weekly.
Tropical bed bugs spotted in Florida after 60 years of absence
Recently, entomologists have documented a rare type of bed bug in Florida. This species, known as the tropical bed bug, was last seen in the state nearly 60 years ago. This tropical bug looks similar to common bed bug except for the U-shaped pronotum. A tropical bug has a rather straight pronotum and has no wing-like extensions on either side of the body.
The first of these tropical bugs were reported in 2015. After the first documentation of resurrection of this species, entomologists decided to collect specimens from homeowners. Surprisingly, a majority of homeowners showed up with tropical bed bugs.
Tropical bed bugs could either have moved away from Florida during the last 60 years or they could have survived unnoticed. Since they were few in number, it is possible that homeowners and entomologists have been confusing them with the common bed bug for years.
When do bed bugs bite?
If you are living in Central Florida or another tropical climate, you might already have faced the menace of bed bug bite. These bloodsuckers come out at night to bite you while you are sleeping.
A typical bed bug may suck your blood for up to ten minutes after taking the bite.
Although you won’t feel bed bug bites at first, these bites will slowly start becoming more noticeable. The bite might look similar to flea bites except that bedbug bites don’t leave a red spot behind. They are usually unnoticeable unless you take a closer look at the area of the skin that was exposed.
How could you tell you have a bedbug infestation?
There are different signs that could provide evidence for an infestation of bed bugs but the best way to be sure is to find a bug in your bed.
Here are some common signs of bed bugs.
1- If you wake up with itchy skin regions that were exposed while sleeping, it might be time to check for bed bugs.
2- Those living in tropical regions should do an inspection for an infestation of bed bugs when buying used beds and other furniture. This includes Orlando Florida and surrounding areas.
3- If you spot blood stains on your pillows or sheets, it’s time to look for bed bugs.
4- If you see rusty spots everywhere in your home, it could be due to bed bug excrement.
If you spot an infestation of bed bugs, remove all the bedding and wash everything in warm water. After washing, be sure to dry the bedding for 30 minutes to kill the eggs. Vacuum your bed and the surrounding areas regularly and remove the clutter from your bedroom.
Will that eliminate the issue?
Not likely. If you continue to have an issue, contact a professional like Neoguard for a free consultation and inspection.