If it seems like bedbugs are everywhere right now, you are not alone.
Brown mottled bugs are identified by their shield-shaped body and are brown and gray with a paler underbelly.
The invasive species first made landfall in North America following an accidental import from Asia in the late 1990s, according to StopBMSB.org, a website devoted to the management of the marbled chinch bug. United States and supported by the United States Department of Agriculture.
The insect’s first sightings were in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but it has since spread to 47 states across the country, including Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.
According to the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky, bedbugs were first reported in Kentucky in 2010.
What you need to know about bedbugs
Brown mottled bugs often seek refuge inside homes and other buildings to escape the cold. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, although large infestations can be a nuisance, they do not bite people or animals or damage buildings.
When disturbed or crushed, bedbugs give off an unpleasant smell from the scent glands on their abdomen, the EPA said.
How to prevent bedbugs from entering your home
The EPA suggests these tips for keeping bedbugs out of your home:
- Caulk windows inside and out.
- Cut off weathering on entry doors and / or install door brushes if daylight is visible around the perimeter of the door.
- Remove debris and edible vegetation from the foundation of your home.
- Seal foundation cracks.
- Secure entrances to the crawl space.
- When insulating exposed plumbing pipes around your home’s foundation or crawl space, caulk small spaces and fill larger ones with steel wool.
- If your home has a fireplace, cover or shield the top of the chimney to keep pests out.
- Contact a pest control professional to treat surrounding vegetation near your home’s foundation.
How to get rid of bedbugs
Because these insects emit an odor, getting rid of them requires some caution. Here are some options:
Capture and release: Bedbugs are attracted to light. Lure them into a jar or bottle, then dispose of them by throwing them outside or placing them in a sealed container in the trash.
Use a pesticide, but only outdoors. The use of pesticides indoors is not recommended as it will not prevent more insects from entering.
Using a vacuum cleaner to remove live and dead bedbugs from indoor areas using a vacuum cleaner. The downside: Your vacuum cleaner can smell bad, so empty it as soon as possible.
Drown them in a bucket or saucepan partially filled with soapy water. The EPA suggests a metal pan and a light source to attract them.
Want to learn more about brown mottled bugs? More information can be found from Ohio State University.
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