Bed Bugs: Identifying their bites

Time for another bed bug post..this time about identifying bed bug bites. More often than not people are unaware they have bed bugs until they start noticing the bites so this is quick post about identifying them.

Bed bug bites are generic looking and they can look very similar to mosquito bites because they are often no more than small red bumps that itch. An easy way to try and identify whether the bites are indeed from bed bugs is to look for a bite pattern. By this I mean are there 3 or 4 bites in a row. Bed bug bites often occur in a unique pattern of 3-4 bites in a line and this is sometimes referred to as a “breakfast, lunch, dinner” pattern. It is sometimes possible for their bites to be individual and not in the linear group but it is rare.

Symptoms of bed bug bites can effect people differently. Some people have little to no reaction while some people have the more typical reaction of welts and swelling with the welts being more itchy and long-lasting than mosquito bites.

It is important to know that there can sometimes being a lag between the bite and when the welt and swelling appears. This lag can take up to 9 days, but the more often a person is bitten the less of a lag there is will be.

If you find you have bites that match mosquito bites and linear pattern then you really should check your home for bed bugs. You can read more about bed bugs which here or our post about bed bugs and travel here.

If you discover that you do in fact have bed bugs, give Cottage Country Pest Control a call at 705-534-7863 or email us to book an appointment.

Bed Bugs: Prevention

In this post we’ll be talking about prevention.If you’ve been lucky enough to never had bed bugs and want to keep it that way or if you’ve had them and gotten rid of them and now just want to prevent ever getting them again, keep reading.

 

As I stated in the Bed Bugs. What are they ANYONE can get bed bugs, even the cleanest homes and hotels are not immune, so there are steps you can take in order to try and prevent your home from getting bed bugs.

 

Regular inspection and house cleaning can help prevent an infestation of bed bugs and can also help discover if you have bed bugs. If you are regularly inspecting you bed and furniture then you will be able to catch them before you have a really bad infestation.

 

Cleaning up clutter, sealing cracks and crevices and fixing peeling wallpaper can help to prevent an infestation as well because it will reduce the number of places available to bed bugs for hiding and living.

 

Other ways to prevent bringing bed bugs into your home include being extremely cautious when buying second-hand furniture and clothing as you could potentially bring bed bugs home this way. While on the point of used furniture, I cannot stress this enough, NEVER bring home discarded furniture, bed frames, mattresses, box springs or electronics from the side of the road as they could have bed bugs on or in them.

 

Traveling is a big concern for people what with all the stories of bed bugs in hotels, on cruise ships, etc. There are some very handy tips you can follow when traveling to help prevent bring a creepy crawly souvenir home from your trip.

 

1. Always inspect the room and furniture for blood spots, bug droppings or live insects–if you find any evidence of possible bed bugs then request a new room

 

2. Pack your clothing in over sized, resealable plastic bags before packing them and keep your belongings in the bags or hanging up during your trip (don’t put things on the floor or bed)

 

3. Before leaving the hotel, inspect all your belongings and luggage carefully

 

4. When you return home, inspect your luggage and belongings again (it’s recommended you do this outside as a precaution) and wash your clothing in the hottest water possible before putting them in the dryer for at least 30 minutes

 

So there, you have it. Some tips for preventing bed bugs, but of course if you do find yourself with bed bugs Cottage Country Pest Control can help eliminate them.

 

Email or call us 705-534-7863 to book your appointment today.

Bed Bugs. What are they?

Fun times, right? Okay, so today’s post is about how to identify if you have them. Bed bugs have been talked about on our blog a bunch of times (you can find our post about Bed Bugs and travel here, if you are so inclined), or you can just keep reading.
What they are:
Bed bugs are small parasitic insect, commonly compared in size to that of an apple seed. They have oval-shaped, reddish-brown bodies and no wings. The common bed bug or Cimex Lectularius, generally grow to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide.
Where are they found:
It’s very important to stress that ANYONE can get bed bugs. One of the biggest misconceptions about bed bugs is that they only occur in filthy conditions. This cannot be stressed enough, but that IS NOT TRUE! Bed bugs don’t care where they live as long as there is at least one human living in an environment between 32 and 120 degrees Fahrenheit then they will be happy. A few major reasons for the return of bed bugs include the ban on DDT (one of the most well-known synthetic insecticides) and other organophosphates, increased international travel, modern lack of familiarity and social stigma which results in a lack of willingness by some to request help.
Bed bugs can be found in lots of places in your home such as:
*Behind headboards and around crack and crevices of your bed
*In the seams of your mattress
*Inside your box spring and along the bed frame
*Along baseboard cracks
*In and around your nightstands
*In and around other items such as window and door frames, pictures, moldings, nearby furniture, loose wallpaper, cracks in plaster and in clutterBite identification:Most often, bed bug bite are harmless. Generally there is no pain caused from the bite, however sometimes a person will have a strong or allergic reaction to a bite, which can cause large itchy welts to appear. Bed bug bites will go away on their own and do not normally need medical attention from a Dr., however if you do react badly to a bite you can apply an anti-itch ointment or see a Dr. for a prescription. Bed bug bites also typically look a lot like a mosquito bite and the bites often appear to as itchy, flat sores that often appear in groups of 3.It’s also important to know that bed bug bites are not currently known to spread disease. It is believed that they could in future and that it’s only a matter of time, but right now, they do not. Currently, the most significant health affect is psychological including stress, anxiety, depression and fatigue which is caused by the presence of bed bugs.If you think you have bed bugs, call Cottage Country Pest Control at (705)534-7863 today or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com to book your appointment!Check back tomorrow for part 2 of Bed Bugs and how to identify their bites or for more information on where bed bugs have been found check out www.bedbugregistry.com

Back in Business

animpequins…the website I mean… not Cottage Country Pest Control, since we are always available to solve your pest problems – even when dirty nasty rotten hackers and incompetent tech ~support~ people (I use the term loosely!) mess up the website.

In any case, I’ve copied things over …. arranged to have the kid redo all the category stuff, since I have 2 courses I’ve just finished teaching to write up stuff for, plus 3 courses that I’m going to be teaching starting next week to get sorted…. and a meeting to go to…and workshops …and…and… and ….

ANYWAY… the website is all fixed, and that’s the main thing.

Now if the weather would just cooperate a bit so that we could get out there and start spraying! We, she says …as if I go with. Ha! Not a chance … but I do very much wish HE could get started anyway …rather enjoy sending him off to work and having the house to myself while he’s gone 🙂

Got a pest problem anywhere in Muskoka, Tiny, Tay, Simcoe, or… I know I’m missing some! …anyway … cottage country Ontario pretty much covers it, anyway…. give us a call at 705-534-7863 or email ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and Ross will be happy to solve it for you.

 

Hacked!

I am very VERY Lauralee is beyond cranky! unhappy!!!

Got a warning that our site had been hacked!

Have moved it to a new and more secure server and am now in the process of redoing all of our posts and pages – but that is likely to take me a bit.

In the meantime, though, Ross is right here and would be happy to help you with any pest problems you may have – please do feel free to contact us by emailing ccpestcontrol@gmail.com, or calling 705-534-7863.

Carpenter Ants Waking Up

Carpenter antsSeems like it’s getting just warm enough to wake up the carpenter ants here in cottage country. They are still pretty slow moving though …. and no reports of winged ants/swarms yet….

SO … it is a really good time to deal with the problem before it gets well established.

Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you nip the whole thing in the bud.  This early in the season, sometimes 2 visits are required but hey, guess what? We don’t charge you any extra for that.

You can reach Cottage Country Pest Control by email at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com or by phone at 705-534-7863. If you don’t get an answer please do leave a message and we will get back to you as quickly as possible …. giving final exams this week, and then I will (mostly) be around to play pest control secretary

Happy Spring

Lovely weather we’re having, eh? Or not!

Almost the end of March and still with the snow! On the plus side though, the weather means a later start to the majority of the pests that are a problem up here in cottage country… but of course, that’s a bigger plus for you than for us

We’re still dealing with bedbugs, mice, squirrels and the occasional bat problem… looking forward to the return of spiders and carpenter ants though!

Check your boat

One problem we had a run on last spring was raccoons in boats – momma raccoons who thought people’s boats were a really good place to set up shop and have their babies.

Not that hard to get rid of, really – but they can do some damage better avoided while they’re there.

SO – the trick is to make your boat (garage, trailer, whatever) unpleasant for momma – she won’t stick around a location that doesn’t feel secure, at least not when she’s in momma-mode…

so why not wander out to your boat and clear some snow off – give it a good bang on the sides, kick the trailer tires, whatever … once in a while?  And while you’re there, have a look around – for any indication of critter visitors (pawprints? foodbits?) and/or unauthorized entry?  What can it hurt just to make sure?

Heading pest problems off before they start is always preferable (that means cheaper) than dealing with them once they’re well established – but if you do discover a problem, give us a call at 705-534-7863 or email ccpestcontrol@gmail.com and we’ll be happy to help you with it anywhere in Tay, Tiny, Severn, Simcoe or the Muskoka area.

Gearing up for another year

Well, it’s almost that time again …

soon the snow will melt and the bugs will be back…

and Ross at Cottage Country Pest Control will still be there to solve all of your pest problems using the most environmentally responsible integrated pest management processes & products available.

Spiders, bedbugs, mice & rats, carpenter ants, cockroaches, wasps & bees, fleas …whatever your issue, Ross will be happy to help. And yes, we do deal with the occasional racoon, squirrel or other rodents as well. Oh, and he does bird & bat remediation & exclusion also.

Give us a call at 705-534-7863 or email ccpestcontrol@gmail.com for any pest problems at your home, cottage or business in Tiny, Tay, Simcoe, Muskoka…. we’re situated in Victoria Harbour, but cover a fairly wide area –  and yes, he does island calls too!

Fully licensed & insured.

Warm Weather Friends

Apparently, bed bugs aren’t all that much different than many Canadians.

When it’s cold out, they prefer to hunker down and wait for warmer weather… once it warms up, they are far more inclined to get active and get going.

Which is not to say they aren’t around at this time of year – we are still getting some calls to treat them in Midland, and in Tiny and Tay Townships … but according to new research by the  Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) population densities and new infestation reports tend to follow a “steep and seasonal cycle.”

For more information, you can visit the Pest Control Technology website.

Here’s hoping you never have to deal with bedbugs – but rest assured that if you do, Cottage Country Pest Control will be there to solve the problem for you. If you have  – or think you might have – a problem with bedbugs, give us a call at 705-534-7863 or email us at ccpestcontrol@gmail.com . Ross will be happy to help.