Bedbugs: Size, Image, How Do You Know If You Have One?

Bedbugs have caused more than 70,000 consultations in general medicine in one year in France, according to a study revealed by Inserm. About the size of an apple seed, these insects nestle particularly around the edge of the mattress or headboard and wait until night to bite. How to find and remove them? What is the best treatment to get rid of it?

[Updated Tuesday July 28 at 11:56 am] In France, several large cities (Marseille, Paris …) have reported the presence of bedbugs in homes causing the lives of residents to turn into ordeal. According to the PULI study carried out by the Sentinelles network of Inserm , bedbugs were the cause of  more than 70,000 consultations in general medicine in one year in France,  i.e. an incidence rate of 109 consultations per 100,000. inhabitants.  Among the most frequent reasons for consultation was the presence of skin lesions (98%), but also the
deterioration of the state of psychological health . 39% of patients who consulted suffered from insomniaand 39% believed that the infestation had had an impact on their professional, family or social life. These small brown insects, however eradicated  in the 1950s, would have reappeared between the end of the 1990s and the beginning of the 2000s  in all metropolitan areas. For reasons: international travel and the appearance of resistance to insecticides. The incidence is highest in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and PACA (respectively 216 and 145 consultations per 100,000 inhabitants) and the lowest in Pays de la Loire and Bourgogne-Franche-Comte (19 and 33 consultations per 100,000 inhabitants ), reports Inserm in its July 27 press release. A scourge that worries the government sphere to the point of setting upa plan to prevent and fight against bedbugs , announced last February Julien Denormandie, Minister responsible for the City and Housing. A number (0 806 706 806) and an official website have been set up. How to recognize an excrement and a bedbug bite? What treatments to get rid of it quickly and effectively? Our expert’s disinfection advice.

What Is A Bed Bug?

The bed bug ( Cimex Lectularius ) is a parasitic insect of the Cimicidae family  . She is able to locate us  thanks to the carbon dioxide and the heat that our body gives off. She takes advantage of our sleep to sting us. Both male and female stings and sucks human blood under the skin for 3 to 15 minutes, then hides for several days to digest it. When it bites , the bedbug injects some of its saliva under the skin of its host. This saliva contains an anesthetic and an anticoagulant which thins the blood to facilitate its aspiration. ” The bedbug bites on averageonce a week for food “, specifies Jean-Michel Berenger, entomologist.

Lifetime

It has a lifespan of 5 to 6 months. However, it can live more than a year without feeding when it goes into a state of dormancy.

Size, Color, Shape, Photo: Recognize The Bedbug


Bedbugs: Size, Image, How Do You Know If You Have One?

Bed bugs are visible to the naked eye and measure 4 to 7 mm : ” An adult bed bug is the size and color of an apple seed when it is engorged with blood “, describes Jean-Michel Berenger . Their bodies are  oval and flattened in shape,  which allows them to squeeze into every nook and cranny. During the day, the bedbug tends to hide. When night falls, she comes out of her hiding place and goes to look for food. To see them, you often need a flashlight.

• Adult Bed Bug

On an empty stomach: Looks like a baked green lentil, oval and flattened, brown, 5-7mm long.

Bloody belly: Looks like an apple seed, oval and flattened, reddish-brown, 6-8mm long

• Larva

Looks like a tiny seed, oval and flattened, translucent-light brown, 1 to 2 mm long

• Egg

Looks like a small grain of rice, oval, ecru, yellowish or whitish, 0.5 mm wide and 1 mm long (the size of a pinhead).


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Where To Find Them?

These insects hate light , so they hide in dark corners and are active at dusk, usually in the late afternoon and at night. “The bed bug is aptly named and tends to hide in bedrooms, particularly around the edge of the mattress or the headboard , as close as possible to sleepers, ” says the specialist. Bed bugs also love to nestle in sofas, upholstered seats, rugs, carpeting and even in wheelchairs. They can also snag on curtain rods, fans and inside electronics.

But bed bugs can appear anywhere. Indeed, when insecticides are used to remove them, bed bugs take refuge elsewhere and are therefore not limited to the bedroom. This is why they can be found in the space of a few weeks hidden in cracks in walls, floors, furniture, in electrical outlets, behind furniture or paintings.  ” If there is a suspicion of bed bugs, it is possible to call on detector dogs to locate, thanks to their sense of smell, the areas infested by adult bed bugs, but also the larvae and eggs “, specifies our interlocutor.

Season

” There is no particularly favorable season for bedbugs. They are a” domestic “insect and a human parasite that only lives in houses closest to us “, explains Jean- Michel Berenger.

Most often, these bite marks are aligned, a feature that must be reminiscent of bedbugs.

Where Do They Come From?

These insects have been known since Antiquity! In western countries, they would have disappeared after the Second World War due to better hygiene and the use of powerful insecticides. Before reappearing in the early 2000s. Several hypotheses are put forward:

As a result, bedbugs are found in homes, in hotel rooms, but also in youth hostels , health centers, prisons, hospitals and public transport.

If you have bedbugs in your home, you took them there . ” Either you brought them back in your suitcase during a trip, or you brought them back on an infested object (a book, a piece of furniture bought at the flea market, at an antique dealer or in second-hand shops …) . If your neighbors are infested by bed bugs, they may proliferate even in your home , “says our interlocutor.

How Do You Know If You Have Any?

Itching and the presence of bites on the skin may be indicative of the presence of bedbugs. The bite can cause a skin reaction (redness, swelling) and, often, itching. Most often, these bite marks are aligned, a feature that must be reminiscent of bedbugs. In addition, the presence of bedbugs (dead or crushed) and their droppings can be detected by:

How To Get Rid Of It?

The earlier bedbugs are detected, the better they will be able to deal with them. If you think you may be infested with bed bugs, they must be eradicated. Many stages :

Should You Wash Your Clothes?

It is advisable to wash all bed linen at over 60 ° C (pillows, cushions, duvets, sheets, etc.). ” On the other hand, it would be absurd to wash all of your clothes if the closet is not infested by bedbugs. Hence the interest of using detector dogs to determine the infested areas. , it is very rare for bedbugs to remain on clothing, ”reassures the expert.

Should You Throw Away Your Mattress?

If it is in good condition, it is not necessary to throw out the mattress. After vacuuming each part of the bed – not to mention the mattress topper, the box spring, the headboard – to eradicate bedbugs, disinfect the mattress with a steam cleaner (heat around 100 ° C in average). Do not hesitate to iron several times in the same place to kill all the bedbugs and insist on the seams of the mattress. If you really want to throw away your mattress, do not carry it around the house as this will contaminate your entire home. Wrap it in a large plastic bag and stick a sheet on it indicating that the bag may contain bedbugs.

What To Do In Case Of Bites?

” When the bedbug bites, small red buttons that remind of mosquito bites appear “, explains the expert. Itching usually occurs one to two hours after the bite. Generally, bedbug bites are visible in small groups of 3 to 5 bites located in the same place (in an onion row or in a bouquet) on the back, arms, legs … In case of bite, it is advised to clean his skin and avoid scratching so as not to infect the skin.


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Source:  PULI study: consultations linked to bedbugs in general medicine , Sentinels network, Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health (IPLESP, UMR-S1136 Inserm Sorbonne University), Ministry of Solidarity and Health.

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Thanks to Jean-Michel Berenger, entomologist at the Laboratory of biological diagnosis of infectious diseases and hygiene at the Center hospitalier du Pays d’Aix

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