Bed Bug Information
The common Bedbug (Cimex lectularius) is species that most frequently feeds on the blood of humans. Bed bug’s interactions with man dates back to early civilization and were probably introduced to the US by very early immigration. Cimex lectularius was believed to have been eradicated from America in the 1950’s due to several factors including the use of insecticides such as DDT and malathion. Since 1998 bed bug populations have been rapidly expanding. Within the last few years, bed bug infestations have increased significantly in all sectors and aspects of life so much so that New York City is currently experiencing a bed bug epidemic. New York’s densely populated buildings, recycling of infested items and constant people movement; make it a perfect habitat for bed bugs to thrive in. In response, The New York City Bedbug Advisory Board was created to map out a comprehensive strategy and best practices to enable New Yorkers to take back the night. Gil Bloom, Standard’s Vice President and Certified Entomologist, is one of the five members on this advisory board. Gil’s years of experience and knowledge directs our teams of certified technicians in their modern approach to bed bug management which includes inspection, monitoring, chemical/dust application, exclusion, thermal treatment and steaming treatments. In addition Standard offers in-service presentations and educational programs to a variety of folks.
Bed Bug Facts
- Adult Bedbugs are flat, oval shaped and reddish brown.
- Bedbugs vary in size as they grow from 1/16 – 1/8 inch in length
- Bedbugs typically feed on humans every five to ten days.
- Bedbug bites effect hosts differently and some may not react to bites.
- Bedbugs feed mostly at night, but will adapt to environmental conditions.
- Bedbugs are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide.
- Bedbug feeding sessions average five to ten minutes.
- Bedbugs can live several months without food depending on temp & humidity.
- Bedbugs generally remain close to their host, usually within 6-8 feet, finding shelter in box springs, clothing, mattress seams, head boards, cracks and crevices in the wall around the bed and in night stands. Locations vary with severity.
- Bedbugs are hitch hikers and can be introduced following travel or other events. Extreme care must be taken with the introduction of used/pre owned items.
- Bedbugs can be treated with chemical/ dust application, thermal treatment and steaming treatment.
- If you suspect bed bugs try to obtain a sample and be on the look out for fecal material, shed skins and blood spots.
- Early detection is of great importance.