Feast Of You: How To Kill Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are highly mobile parasitic insects that have enjoyed an upsurge in population from more than just survival to thriving. Bed bugs have gained an increase in population along with the increase in international travel and trade of its hosts, primarily, humans. How to kill bed bugs would start with questions about where they are found. Essentially, bed bugs can survive anywhere.
Bed bugs often hide until evening in bedding. However, bed bugs can inhabit luggage, clothing, and furniture. During 2002 through 2006, a survey of over 700 hotels found a quarter of the hotels had a bed bug infestation.
For beds, bed bug tested box spring and mattress encasements, and silk comforter, have been suggested methods of bed bug extermination. Encasements should be rip resistant and escape proof. In order to be effective, encasements must remain on and intact for over a year to starve trapped bed bugs. The National Pest Management organization advises that bed bugs can live over a year without feeding. Bed bugs commonly escape if there is a zipper area. Pesticides-impregnated mattress encasements are not typically used by professionals.
To avoid relocating bed bugs from travel to home, keep luggage away from beds or furniture. Use luggage racks, and encase bedding. Incubate both luggage and contents when returning from travel. Treat with bed bug methods. Vacuum inside and outside your luggage. Include seams in the vacuum process. Apply proper bedbug laundering to travel clothing.
A hot water wash and dry heat are effective in killing bed bugs and eggs in clothes, bedding and rugs. Spray laundry with rubbing alcohol, dry for 30 minutes in a high heat dryer, if unable to wash laundry on daily basis. Dissolvable laundry bags should be used to transport bug infested laundry. For transport of items after laundry, use clean, plastic bags that can be sealed. Do not use insecticides on bedding, clothing or linen.
Methods for bed bug treatment include replacing or disposing of infected furniture. Metal furniture can be used instead of wood furniture, which bed bugs prefer. Regular vacuuming should include disposing of vacuum contents outside so that bedbug nymphs do not escape through vacuum holes. Empty vacuum contents into plastic bag, and seal. A hair dryer, iron heat can be used to spot treat. Ambient heat from 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit can treat isolated furniture and spaces with bed bug infestations.
For lessons on how to kill bed bugs, a Camp Lejeune Marine recommended a multi-phase attack. After spraying your mattress and box springs with bleach, encase in protective bedbug cover. Vacuum your space, steam clean everything. Treat linen and clothes in high dryer. Use insecticide bed bug house bombs. Use two can for each room. After an hour, return to bomb site to combine bleach and ammonia in a pot. Leave the premises for four hours. Sleep tight, because dead bugs do not bite.