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How easily are bedbugs transfered?

I just saw on facebook that my cousin's little girl has bedbugs in her bedroom. I watch her little girl every Friday. Do you think they are in my house? How can I tell since they are so tiny? I also run an in-home daycare so if I have them I have other parents that I need to let know about it.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:44 AM on Oct. 6, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • yeessss! They probably are in ur house. My sister got Bedbugs from a hotel, they do not surive on skin, however they do in clothing, suitcases, back packs, that kind of thing- She had to pay a company to come in a clean the house, and it was cheaper to buy a new bed, 3 new beds infact, than to have them take apart the bed to clean it and put the bed back together. I recomend a doc visit. IF u have bed bugs, usually, not always, but usually you can see bites on the skin, however tiny they may be. also a trick. pull the corner of the bedding off- look at all four corners of the bed. if u see tiny black specks, its bed bugs, however that doesnt mean there not there- it might be that u dont have a infestation yet.
    JnCV

    Answer by JnCV at 11:48 AM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • very easy. just by setting a suitcase on a hotel bed can do it.


     the way you can tell is to look in the seams of the mattress you will see the little dk brown critters or at least their poo.


    you will also have red bite marks on your body. If I remember right it is 3 small red bite marks in a row, bed bugs are hard to get rid of and way too easy to get you would need to call a professional


    in the past 5 years the calls to professional exterminators  for bed bugs has jumped 600%!! yes that was not a typo it is 600%

    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 11:50 AM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Most people find bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) a most disagreeable houseguest. These parasites are usually no more than ¼ inch in length in their adult state & can engorge themselves with human blood in less than 15 minutes causing their bodies to fill to as much as three times its usual size. Fully engorged bed bugs bear little resemblance to their original state & are often thought to be a different insect altogether.

    Bed bugs can lay between one & five eggs per day with an incubation period of 10 days in warm weather (slightly longer when cool). These newly hatched bed bugs will require five significant blood feedings to reach adult size. They will molt in between feedings by shedding their exoskeleton. One mature they will begin the process of laying new eggs.

    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 11:56 AM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Adult female bedbugs can lay more than 200 eggs during their lifetime the new generation of bed bugs will immediately seek a blood meal they might be looking at you through hungry compound eyes. When they are finished eating they leave tiny sores to remind you of their midnight binge.
    There are other types of bed bugs including the bat bug, the chimney swift bug & the swallow bug. All of these relatives survive on blood feeding, however these secondary parasites thrive on either bats or birds as their primary victims.
    Bed bugs feed on the blood of human beings but can suck blood from other animals as well. Birds & mice are the most common animals. Bed bugs most often feed at nightime when people are asleep. When they feed, they inject a salivary secretion into the wound to prevent coagulation. The fluid can cause a person’s skin to itch and even become swollen. Scratching can cause sores which often become infected.
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 11:59 AM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Bed bugs are not known to transmit any human blood-borne pathogens.
    An adult bed bug is about 1/5-inch long, oval in shape and flat. They’re generally brown except after sucking blood. Their body then becomes swollen and the color changes to a dark red.
    Bed bugs like to hide in the cracks & electical outlets in walls, behind wallpaper, base boards & picture frames, between beds & around the creases of mattresses & in bedding materials. They have a rather pungent odor which is caused by an oil-like liquid they emit. Bed bugs are often carried into houses by clothes, luggage, furniture, & bedding. Or sometimes even by humans.
    Bed bugs seek harborage in cracks & crevices. Common harborages in hotel rooms & cruise ship cabins include: folds & creases in bed linens, seams, tufts & under buttons on mattresses, in drapery pleats & hems, beneath loose wallpaper, in headboards, desks, entertainment centers, nightstands.....
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 12:03 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • ...behind base molding in wall-mounted artwork, etc.
    Using a flashlight carefully inspect for bed bugs. Search for crawling insects, blood spots, & excrement and/or cast skins. Confirm that suspected insects are bedbugs prior to treatment. Make efficient use of your time by combining inspection with vacuum cleaning. Use a canister vacuum with crevice attachment. Remove mounted artwork from walls. Inspect backside of artwork.
    Working in conjunction with vacuum tool, brush & vacuum crevices to remove loose dust from artwork & mounting hardware. Using a brush in conjunction with vacuum’s crevice tool to remove dust, cast skin cases loose & bed bugs from cracks and crevices.
    Bed Bug Bites
    The words “bed bugs” are enough to send most of us running with skin all aquiver at the thought of little blood-sucking creatures crawling all over us as we sleep.
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 12:05 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • These little bugs are pests, to be sure, & they can be difficult to get rid of once they have decided to make your house their home, hiding during the daylight hours in cracks and crevasses where they are almost impossible to excise.

    Because of this, you may not realize right away that bed bugs are the source of the annoying sores on your legs when you wake up in the mornings. Bed bugs are attracted by both warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, which is what we exhale in breathing. The bugs climb up onto your skin and pierce you with two hollow tubes, one of which injects anti-coagulants and anesthetics. The other tube is used to withdraw your blood, feeding for about five minutes before returning to their hiding places.
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 12:06 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • There may be a cluster of bites instead of singular ones when you awake, & this is typically caused by disturbing the bugs while they feed, causing them to detach & return to feed momentarily. A well fed bedbug can live anywhere from four to six months, while a dormant one might live without feeding for up to 18 months.
    The bites can be found just about anywhere on your body, with exposed bits of skin being the preferred feeding ground for the bugs, making your face a target along with arms & legs. The bits cannot be felt at first, but as the anesthetics wear off and the skin begins to react to the injections, the bites can make themselves felt minutes or even hours after the bedbugs have returned to hiding.
    If you have bedbugs, your infestation can get worse very quickly since a female bedbug can lay up to five eggs per day, & up to around 500 eggs in her lifetime.
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 12:08 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • Since it takes only five weeks for hatched nymphs to grow to maturity, your problems could expand exponentially within a relatively short period of time, and infestations can be hard to control.
    Home remedy for treating bed bug bites:
    We recommend calling your doctor, especially if you see suspect your bites are infected. If you’re not sure, call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately!

    Suggestions for home treatment-

    Step 1: Wash skin with soap and hot water.

    Step 2: Liberally apply an anesthetic cream or lotion

    Step 3: Apply ice to avoid swelling/welting

    Repeat every 6-8 hours until symptoms subside
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 12:09 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

  • The History of Bed Bugs:
    Bed bugs have been around for centuries. Documentation reaching as far back as the 17th century has told about infestations of bed bugs. In the United States, bed bugs were very common until about World War II. With the introduction of such pesticides as DDT, a great decrease in infestations occurred. It was not until the last decade that reported cases gave an indication of a possible rise in bed bug infestations.
    Authorities believe that the rise in reports can be attributed to the extermination tactics of pest control today. Today, many pest control experts use baiting tactics for in home infestations of such things as ants, roaches, & spiders. These baiting tactics work well for their intended subjects, but since bed bugs are blood feeders, they do not fall for the baiting tricks used. This change in exterminating technique has contributed to the rise in reported bed bug infestations.
    justgrape723

    Answer by justgrape723 at 12:10 PM on Oct. 6, 2010

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