whistler bed bugs
2012’s Canadian Pest Management Association’s conference was a great event and included speeches and presentations from leading bed bug researcher Dr. Dini Miller (Virginia Tech) and carpenter ant and ant entomologist Dr. Laurel Hansen (Spokane Falls CC). Please check back over the next couple weeks for greater highlights and contact Tristan any-time for your Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton pest control needs.
Delusory parasitosis is when a person describe sensations that feel like bugs worms, mites are biking, crawling or borrowing into under or over there skin.
In the past few years we have actually had a few cases of customers with this condition. It most cases it was caused by certain chemicals in laundry detergents and in one case the bounty dryer sheets.
If you every have any questions, can’t get into a dermatologist or are not sure what the problem is, we are happy to offer an inspection and advice from our 5 years of treating bed bugs, and all sorts of different things that may cause this disease.
Bat bugs (Cimex Adjunctus)
In the same family of as bedbugs (cimicidae), bat bugs are closely related but primarily feed on bats.
Some believe bed bugs descended from bat bugs. Cave man and bats lived in close proximity to each other and it’s when bats abandoned the cave that the bugs made the jump to humans.
Bat bugs are rare in the sea to sky (more common in midwest) but have been found in area’s w/ significant bats. Otherwise microscopic examination is needed to distinguish them.
Like bed bugs, bat bugs have not been found to transmit any diseases and have a crazy form of reproduction. Males inseminate the female by piercing the female’s abdomen and depositing sperm directly into her bloodstream. In response to thistraumatic insemination, female bugs have evolved a spermalege, a paragenital structure on their abdomen that limits the damage by guiding the male’s sharp penile prong into a spongy area full of immune cells.
Controlling bat bugs requires humane elimination of any bats that are present in the home or building. This is accomplished by exclusion techniques also known as “building them out” (i.e., sealing entrance cracks and holes) and they cannot be killed. Vacuuming, steaming, residual spraying and a few other options can be used in area’s where the bats were roosting (shake tile and wood sidings, light fixtures, window casings, and other area’s) to help control any surviving bat
More questions and comments this week included one on the bedbug life, there feeding cycle and a comment that bedbugs is two words.
1) Bed BUGS:
Merriam-Webster, Oxford and most online dictionaries list it as one, however careful review of entomology bring us this fact:
Bed bugs is TWO words – not one. The general rule for writing out common names of insects is as follows. If the insect name is a misnomer (e.g., the dragonfly is NOT a fly and neither is a damselfly), then the whole name is written as one word. If it is not a misnomer, then it is written as two words (e.g., house fly, which is a real fly). The bed bug is a “true” bug and therefore is two words.
There ya go bugsters!!
2) Bed BUG life:
Females can deposit 3 to 8 eggs at a time, they hatch in 4-12 days, and lay 200-500 eggs in their lifetime
Feeding occurs every 5-10days and maturity is 35 to 48 days. By feeding and in optimal conditions their lives are actually shorter with a total estimated lifespan of under 7months.
Please feel free to hit us up with any more questions/comments or concerns you may have and remember early detection is key: the adults are pretty large, odds of getting them are very low and increase slightly if you are travelling lots. Most Whistler hotels and vacation rentals have preventative measures in place and if we are not already setup on a program there we are always happy to come take a look.