Bed bugs are on the march again throughout North America

The ABBC system at Allergo Natur Encasings helps gain control of bed bugs

In addition house dust mites, more and more bed bugs are colonizing our beds. In recent years, the number of affected households has multiplied.

These six-legged, five to nine millimeter sized parasites belong to the cimicid family and like to subsist by leeching on human blood. Bed bugs can be found almost everywhere in the world. In recent years, these pests have become more and more widespread, however, and their population has increased to an especially high degree here in North America (the USA and Canada), with things getting so bad that the blood-sucking parasites are seen as a plague in New York and Vancouver. “Bed bug reports” are now available on the internet – especially for hotels, enabling hotel guests to write in and say where they saw bed bugs and warn other potential hotel guests.

map(Example of a bed bug report for the Manhattan Pest Control Service)

The city council has also provided special information pages with instructions on how to deal with bed bugs. (www.nyc.gov/html/doh/bedbugs/html/home/home.shtml)

 

Where do bed bugs live?

Due to their nature as parasites, these nocturnal leeches which are unable to fly and dislike the light, can be found in human and animal living environments and are attracted by body heat, body odor and carbon dioxide. They primarily attack people and prefer to make their homes near sleeping locations where they can find their host on a regular basis. Like millions of house dust mites, they also like to hide in beds. In contrast to bed bugs, however, house dust mites are not blood-sucking parasites, but primarily subsist on dead skin. Bed bugs aren’t only to be found in beds, they also hide behind pictures, in cracks and joints, and only leave their hiding place to feed. If they find enough food and the optimum temperature, bed bugs can live for between 9 and 18 months.

How can you recognize a bed bug infestation?

A sure sign of a bed bug infestation are the bed bugs’ droppings, which look like small black dots on wallpapers or beds. As bed bugs also leave secretions from their glands, an infestation is accompanied by a typically penetrating, sweet smell. Another sign are the bites from the bed bugs themselves, which appear on the skin as tiny bloodshot pimples. The bites generally occur multiple times, appearing in rows on uncovered parts of the body, which are also called ‘bug streets.’ In most cases, victims of bed bugs suffer intense itching on the swollen and reddened areas where they have been bitten. Sleeping peacefully is practically impossible. In especially sensitive people, the secretions released by the bugs when they bite can trigger strong allergic reactions. Bed bugs do not carry viruses, but scratching their itchy bites can lead to skin inflammations.

What can you do to prevent a bed bug infestation?

In the event of infestation, these unpleasant parasites have to be professionally eradicated by an experienced pest control team. Any infested objects have to be put in a plastic bag and removed from the home in question, furniture may have to be taken to pieces, and cracks filled with silicon. Several treatments are often necessary as bed bugs’ eggs are highly resistant. Since bed bugs are unable to survive temperatures that are either very high or very low, smaller objects like picture frames, CDs or books can be packed in foil and put in the deep freeze for three days. Fighting the bed bugs at temperatures of 50-60°C is also possible. Itchy areas of skin can be treated with an anti-pruritic lotion, in some cases, taking antihistamines is recommended.

Allergo Natur Encasings – safely prevent bed bugs.Weißes-Doppelbett

To prevent a bed from being infested with bed bugs, encasings can be used in order to cover the mattress so that it is impermeable to bed bugs, which effectively prevents the bed bugs from nesting in the mattress. Up to 70% of bed bugs in an infested home tend to be found either on or in bed mattresses. The highly effective encasings from Allergo Natur, which are available for the USA and Canada, present an optimum and superb level of protection against these parasites. Specially prepared zippers with the effective ABBC© active agent (Allergo Bed Bug Control), a special chemical anti-bed bug control system, prevent the bed bugs from both penetrating and leaving in the case of an infestation.

All Allergo Natur encasings for the USA and Canada are equipped as standard with the ABBC © protection system.

Allergo Natur encasings – bed bug and allergy protection, all in one

An additional, positive side effect is that encasings not only provide protection against bed bugs, they are also an excellent allergy prevention measure because they safely isolate dust mites and dust mite allergens.

Read more about the new Base & Top encasing system exclusively from Allergo Natur and how you can save both time and money and protect yourself effectively at the same time.