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Researchers Feeding Bed Bugs

Bedbug Close-UpWould you let a bed bug bite? Parents have always warned their children throughout time of the pesky creepy crawler, but some researchers seem to choose that option for the bugs they cultivate. Recently, bed bugs have made a comeback thus requiring researchers to host in lab bugs to figure out just how to put an end to this fiend’s infestation. However, hosting the bugs creates the problem of how to feed them. Bed bugs feed on blood and keeping them alive in the lab requires some brain power. The following steps will explain just how these guys do it.

1. Find Food for the Foe

Bed bugs are parasites. They feed on blood, and primarily human blood at that. It’s much easier for the bugs to penetrate a hair-less human than a shaggy dog. Bed bugs will however feed on dogs, cats, and even rodents when necessary.
Many researchers have found that the easiest way to feed the critters is to just lend out an arm, but when the amount of bed bugs being studied is too large that becomes a lot more difficult. Most scientists will order animal blood, from rabbit to dog and everything in-between. In order to maintain the experiments as controlled as possible, the blood must be processed to resemble human blood, the bug’s favorite host. And so, a few scientific processes later, the blood is ready for dinner.

2. Containing the Blood Supply

This is where scientists have to get creative. The containers required to hold the blood must somehow prevent the bed bugs from escaping and the blood from leaking. Scientist will place the blood into any sort of container. This holding device must somehow contain a permeable skin-like layer that will simulate real human skin. From fancy hemotek feeders to one of kind CD feeders, researchers are constantly creating new ways to feed these bloodsuckers.

3. Regulation of the Study

Besides finding the proper holder for the blood, scientists must regulate the blood. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat, which is why they prey on sleeping humans. So in order to maintain the experiment as controlled and realistic as possible the blood must be warm and the bugs must be hungry. Some scientists blow on the bugs. The carbon dioxide that is released emulates that of a real sleeping human, and sets the perfect conditions for bed bug dinner time.

4. Keep the Critters Crawling

Many things can go wrong in the lab and the bed bugs can die. Scientists must develop the best feeding patterns for the bugs. Keeping a close eye on the blood and bugs will help maintain them and all the efforts put into the project; a project which researchers hope will help lead to the complete extermination of these nasty pests.

Author Bio: is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle

One of the most explosive pest control social media pieces this last summer happened to be a word search puzzle. You’ve most likely seen it shared on Facebook. Essentially, the word search puzzle had 12 different pests hidden inside; and a few words that were not pests. Participants on Facebook were asked to comment on the word search puzzle, with the first pest that they found… And boy did they ever! To date, there have been almost 13,000 comments on the puzzle.

Now, I’m getting ahead of myself. First you need to see the word search pest test puzzle for yourself:

The Word Search Pest Test Puzzle

Wordsearch puzzle

Now that you’ve seen the word search puzzle, was the first pest that you found? Are you interested in comparing your find to everyone else who commented their find on Facebook? Check out the following infographic, as it breaks down all of the comments and lets us know exactly what pest people were finding.

Infographic: Results of the Pest Test Puzzle 

Pest Word Search Infographic

4 Inconvenient Places To Find Pests

While I’m sure you’ve checked the rain gutters, outdoor pipes, and the woodshed outback, there are several more uncommon places where unwanted guests can nest and thrive that can go unnoticed for longer than you think. Here are some of the main places that you’ll definitely want to check before turning in tonight!

In the Bed!

Not just under the bed, but actually in the bed. Bed bugs are a huge problem that most people think are just something from the days where people had wooden teeth, wool wigs, and only took baths on the full moon. However, if there are tiny bites on your legs in the morning, you’ve already got a huge problem. Lucky for you, bed bugs are some of the easiest to control. There are several sprays and preventative measures you can take, but if you have already been bitten, then you may need to turn to a professional service to take care of the critters.

Under the Furniture

Remember those Cheetos and Oreos you washed down with some Root Beer last months? Of course you don’t, but the mice and roaches sure are grateful for the crumbs. This may be the first place you will notice pests, unless you’re going to be the next featured guest on Extreme Hoarders, in which case…you may have bigger problems. When the roaches and mice become visible, that already means you have a pretty big problem, so remember to clean up those crumbs and spills before insects get to them.

In the Attic

While it’s certainly not as creepy as the basement, it still gets much less traffic. People go months and years without going up to their attic. Even if it’s as tiny as a crawl space, if you’re not checking it out every time you get your Christmas decorations down, you may be letting rodents and termites nest right above your head throughout the winter and into the summer.

While the termites might not be causing foundation damage to your home when they’re up there in the attic, they can weaken the floors, framing, and the rodents can eat away at the foundation, allowing for more unwanted guests to make their way in. Make it s resolution to check your attic once a year and allow pest control experts to rid your home of any freeloaders you currently have.

In the Bathroom

Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve give the bathroom cabinets and under the sink a good scrub. It’s hard to reach down there right? Well, it’s really not that hard, but most of us would rather just ignore the dirt and mildew growing underneath the sink, just like we’d prefer to ignore the fact that there are little critters down there too, eating away at our old toothpaste tubes.

Under the sink is a great way for pests and rodents to go unnoticed since they can create holes in the dark behind where you keeping the toilet bowl cleaner and extra tissue boxes and make homes and tunnel systems from this point through the rest of your home. I wasn’t expecting my plumbers to tell story after story of the harms of not checking your cabinets, or neglecting inspections for your pipes until they burst from rodent damage! Many of the stories were about what they found while drain cleaning in Chicago! A word of advice, resolve to clean under there at least once every couple weeks and don’t just assign it as one of your lazy kid’s chores.

Remember these hot spots before putting a toe into bed tonight and keep you family and home safe from any species of creepy crawlers that can make it into your home this winter.

Lucy Markham is an avid blogger, and as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert in all things home improvement, gardening, and home décor.

How To Deal With A Bed-Bug-Infested Mattress

How To Deal With A Bed-Bug-Infested Mattress

We need to have a good night’s sleep. But this is almost impossible if your mattress is packed with bed bugs. No, you actually won’t feel uncomfortable right after getting bitten. But you’ll feel itchy a day or two after. If your mattress is ridden with the bugs, this means that the minute bloodsuckers will feast on your blood each night. So, you might not get any respite from the itch and overall discomfort until you take care of the problem.

Getting rid of bed bugs on or inside a mattress is more difficult than removing bed bugs from clothing. With clothing and bedding, for instance, you can put these in the laundry. Wash and then place in the dryer for 30 to 40 minutes with the heat at the highest possible setting. This will get rid of the live bugs and even the eggs. What about your mattress? Here are some tips that you can try out.

1. Vacuum. When you notice bugs crawling near or on your bed, one of the things that you can do is vacuum the entire area. The machine will suck up the tiny bugs, especially those that are crowded beneath or on the edges of your mattress. Dispose of the dust bag outdoors and seal it properly to keep the bugs from escaping.

2. Apply heat on the mattress. If you have a steam machine, use this to kill the bed bugs. Make sure that you steam the entire surface of the mattress, including the bottom part and the sides. If you don’t have a machine, you can call a reliable pest control company that specializes in bed bug heat elimination. They have the equipment to treat entire rooms or houses using steam, and the entire procedure only takes a day or even less. So, you won’t get too hassled and this won’t leave any toxic residues as well.

3. Seal the mattress in plastic. Be sure to wrap it nice and tight. Check if there are tiny holes that will allow air in because this will make the method ineffective as the bugs can readily survive with even the smallest amount of air. The affected mattress must be sealed for at least a year since bed bugs can survive without feeding for more than six months. So, you might need a new mattress while the old one is being treated. But before you go ahead and buy a new one, have a bed bug exterminator check your entire house. You wouldn’t want your latest mattress to become another bed bug haven, right?

4. Have your mattress treated by professionals. There are companies that specialize in treating bed-bug-laden mattresses. Ask the pest control company in your area if they perform these kinds of treatments. If not, see if they know of someone who does or go online for contact details.

5. It’s always better to hire the services of a dependable pest control team. Experts have the skills, know-how and the equipment to deal with your bed bug problems at home. Moreover, they can do a thorough cleaning, as well as carry out preventive measures, so that your house will stay bed-bug-free.


Claire Pritchard is a freelancer who regularly blogs about bed bugs in Los Angeles. Her personal site is filled with her rants about these bugs and how to get rid of them.

Atlanta Ranked 21st On List of Top 50 US Cities for Bedbugs

The United States is currently at war against a frightening outbreak of repulsive blood sucking bedbugs. In a consumer report, reported by ABC News, Atlanta, GA now ranks 21st on a list of the top 50 bedbug infested cities in the United States—which really isn’t that bad considering Atlanta’s size. Cincinnati, Chicago, and Detroit round out the top three infested cities this year, according to the report.

Here is an informative graphic breaking down everything you need to know about the growing bedbug epidemic:

Bed Bug Infographic

There were nearly no bedbugs inside the U.S. between the end of World War II and the 1990s. Today the bedbug numbers are completely blowing up. I remember when I was a kid my mother would whisper to me as she tucked me in “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” I never really knew what she meant because I had never seen a bedbug and didn’t know what they were. Today, CBS News reports that more than 250 million dollars a year is spent combating bedbugs.

As small as bed bugs are, their occurrence can hurt a city’s pride and image. Once bed bugs become ingrained in an area, the entire city is thinking about them. Anyone that has ever been bitten by these bugs, and end up breaking out with red welts all over their bodies, knows how very maddening they can be. The worst part is that they can be incredibly challenging to get rid of without the help of a pest control professional.

If you are seeing bedbugs in your home, call an Atlanta pest control professional today!

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141

Bedbug Control

The Bed Bug Answer
3522 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 665-3985

Don’t Let Bedbugs Ruin Your Vacation

bedbug (Cimex sp.)

The summer months have come to a close, and so have our summer vacations. Whether you vacationed in Disneyworld with the kids, or took your significant other up the coast to Myrtle Beach, the possibility of bringing home those malevolent bedbugs was always a concern… Or it should’ve been.

Bedbug infestations are growing at exponential rates—some reports say as much as 75% from the same time last year. The Bedbug Crisis Hotline has increased ten fold in the last 6 months.

Now that the summer vacation season has come and gone, and the kids are back in school, it’s time to start thinking about our holiday travel plans. Here are a few bedbug prevention tips to keep in mind while on vacation. Remember, the best way to prevent bedbugs is to be diligent before, during, and after your vacation.

Inspect Your Room

Inspecting for Bedbugs

The first and most important step upon entering your hotel room is looking it over thoroughly. Place your bags in the middle of the hard tile bathroom floor. Pull the sheets and covers back on your bed. Carefully inspect the bedding, the mattress seams, and behind the headboard for bedbugs. They will look like like a small, flat, reddish-brown seed. Remove couch and chair cushions and do the same inspection.

Change Rooms

If you suspect your hotel room has a bedbug infestation, request a different room as far away from the original as possible. Outbreaks will almost always spread to other rooms close by. You may even be safer changing hotels if at all possible.

Keep Everything Off The Floor

Even if you don’t see any bedbugs in your room, you should also take precautions. Never place your luggage on the hotel bed or floor. Make sure to use luggage racks. While in the airport, in the airplane, and in a taxi, keep your small bags and purses on your lap.

Wrap Your Luggage

While traveling, use suitcases with protective covers. If your suitcases don’t have a protective cover, you can wrap them in plastic bags.

Post Travel Luggage Treatment

When you get home from vacation, make sure you clean your luggage. A handheld steamer will work the best because it will instantly kill any bedbugs and their larvae. Wash and dry your clothes immediately upon your return. The heat from the dryer will kill any unwanted hitchhikers.

If you fear you have brought bedbugs into your home, call a pest control professional immediately!

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
5221 Palmero Court #105
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 904-4141


Bedbug Control

The Bed Bug Answer
3522 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 665-3985



Source: Yahoo Travel