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Public Health Pest - Bed Bugs

Last Updated: May 27, 2014 12:20PM SGT
Bedbugs are extra-ordinary insect
 
Do you know how much bed bugs are in love with you?
They want to be close to you at all times, especially at night.
They will welcome you home and won't have their meals before that.
 
YES!
They can't have their meals before you are home because YOU are their source of food !!!
Your body temperature invites these bedbugs to have a bloody meal. They are hematophagous and nocturnal insects. 
 
Understand more about bedbugs through the 6 minutes youtube video provided below.
 
 
 
Look at their Growth development
 
The young bed bugs are called the nymphs. They turn darker in color (brown) as they grow up to the adult stage and reach the size of 4-5 mm. Adults bed bug can be easily recognized due to their flat and oval-shaped body that will turn reddish after a bloody meal. The nymph goes through several moulting before reaching adult stage. 
 
 
 
Fig1: Life cycle. Image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Accessed on 11 June 2013.
 
 
 
How it affect you and how to control bed bugs?

Bed bugs infestation at your home and office will degrade your quality of life and increase your living expenses when you need to purchase pesticide frequently and medication to relieve allergy and irritating caused by bed bug's bites.
 
 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested a comprehensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program with a number of methods to control bed bugs. The methods are:
  • using monitoring devices,
  • removing clutter where bed bugs can hide,
  • applying heat treatment,
  • vacuuming,
  • sealing cracks and crevices to remove hiding places,
  • using non-chemical pesticides (such as diatomaceous earth) and
  • judicious use of effective chemical pesticides
 
 
 
It is suitable for home-use and applied to places where bed bugs dwell in, such as small cracks and gaps. This pesticide must come in contact with bed bugs to be effective. Hence it is target-focus via contact. It helps to prevent hard-to-reach area to become the home for generations of bed bugs.

It is economical and cost-effective to keep your home free of bed bugs.

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