Bed bugs, walking caterpillars and tiger mosquitoes are increasingly colonizing our homes and gardens. How is it identified and eliminated
Bed bugs, walking caterpillars and tiger mosquitoes are increasingly colonizing our homes and gardens. How is it identified and eliminated?
It is a tropical mosquito known as the "tiger mosquito". When they bite someone who has the Zika virus, dengue fever, or chikungunya, they can transmit this infection. So it is as important to prevent the development of this mosquito as to protect yourself from it when you are sick.
No case of transmission of the virus by this mosquito has been observed in the Ile-de-France region.
Since disinfection of mosquito larvae or eggs is particularly harmful to the environment, it is only performed as a last resort if disease is present. Otherwise, no intervention and only vigilance of the population is effective.
How do you protect yourself from it?
The tiger mosquito colonizes all kinds of artificial containers and tanks as well as building items available in urban areas (vases, pots, barrels, cans, drains, drains, rain drains, gutters, terraces on plots, etc.) to lay their eggs.
All information on the prevention and protection of the tiger mosquito
If there are bed bugs in your house.
Although landlords are not obligated to carry out purges, the city systematically requires them to do so.
A research center, made up of residents and community workers, is actively working on the issue of bed bugs to raise awareness about these insects. Feel free to contact city services to participate.
How do you find bed bugs?
Use a flashlight to look for bed bugs or their droppings. You can also use a hair dryer, a thin bladed knife, or a game card to pry it out of hidden places and crevices.
Examine the seams of your mattress, the inside of the box spring, and the frame of your bed.
Also carefully inspect your upholstery, as well as the surrounding furniture and baseboards.
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What does a bed bug bite look like and how does it appear?
Bed bug bites often appear in groups of three and are itchy. They often go away on their own and do not need treatment.
Although bed bugs and their bites are a nuisance, they do not spread disease in humans.
Step 1: Physical exclusion
repair or removal of peeling wallpaper,
Pick up the loose stuff
sealing cracks in bed structures, floors, walls and baseboards,
close the openings through which pipes, wires, or other networks enter your home,
tighten the socket or switch plates,
Sweep your mattress, bed, sofa, and everything around it daily. After suction, throw the vacuum cleaner bag into a well-closed bag,
do not leave infested objects when landing, this will only aggravate the infection in common areas,
Wash your clothes, sheets, blankets and pillows at a temperature greater than or equal to 50°C,
Steam (equipment for hire) sofas, mattresses, bed frames,
Freeze items that cannot be washed (see table).
The effect of temperature kills a large number of insects at all stages (eggs, nymphs, adults).
Step two: get rid of the chemicals
Prepare the coat according to step 1 prior to chemical control. Contact a specialized company (make at least two offers).
Specialists will explain to you the procedure (leaving the place of residence, precautions for pregnant women, animals, etc.)
Other chemical products available in specialized stores can be used.
Follow directions for use and avoid prolonged contact with these products.
How can I prevent bed bugs from entering my home?
Avoid bringing discarded bed frames, mattresses, box springs, furniture, upholstery, or electronic products into the home.
Check your baggage and its contents upon return from travel.
Seal the cracks with caulking.
Vacuum your mattress frequently.
The name Bedbug or Cymex lectularius.
Size from 4 to 7 millimeters in adulthood (the size of an apple seed).
Their narrow body allows them to squeeze into very small spaces.
Where are they found?
In bedrooms, hotels and living rooms, specifically in beds, mattresses, box springs and furniture.
They do not live off humans and their presence is not a sign of poor hygiene.
how to operate
Attracted by heat, carbon dioxide and vibrations, they feed on human blood at night while they sleep every day from 3 to 7 days.
Older people can fast for up to a year when they are in a state of hibernation.
They breed throughout the year. The female lays about 5 to 15 eggs per day. Hatching takes 10 days, 2 to 4 months to reach adult size.
These caterpillars (of pine or oak) have stinging hairs and can cause harm to the health of susceptible people: itching, conjunctivitis, sore throat, etc.
Property owners or renters who notice the presence of marching caterpillars on their plants are required to take all necessary measures, each year, to eliminate the colonies.
Pine parade caterpillarsMeans of struggle
Mechanical control: every year as soon as the nests made by the larvae appear and before they become too large, either as an indication and depending on weather changes before mid-October, they can be removed mechanically