When we were all little we heard about bed bugs but many of us just laughed them off as one of those tales. Now we are older and we know that they really exist. In fact, many of us have had to suffer through their attacks! Now, tired of being their meal, we ask ourselves: how do we stop bed bug bites?
There’s a lot of bad information circulating in the air and some of it sounds so plausible it just might be true but one thing is for sure: bed bugs do not eat dead skin that we shed while we’re asleep. Something does, but it’s not these little creatures. Instead, these bugs are a blood ingesting insect that leaves little, red, and itchy bumps on our skin. They’re just as bad as the common mosquito, but because they’re smaller they leave smaller marks.
When it all boils down bed bugs are pests and no one wants pests in their house. So how do we get rid of them? The most common method is to kill them via pesticides. The only thing with pesticides and bed bugs is that they have built up their own special immunities to a lot of the poisons we have available to us. Because of that we have to find and purchase pesticides that are made specifically with these particular insects in mind. In doing so we also have to keep in mind that these critters enjoy commonly used areas. That being the case we have to ensure that the sprays and powders we get are safe for pets.
Did you know that heating your house can also kill bed bugs and other kinds of pests? You would have to do it on a day where you don’t have to be in your house because you’d have to get the temperature up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to kill these bugs in all forms. Keeping your house this hot for the recommended twenty minutes can be difficult and expensive, but at least you’ll get them all in one fell swoop.
If you can’t do the heating trick for whatever reason you can also use a hand held steamer or your dryer to kill any of these bugs that you suspect. This will take more time than the before mentioned method but may be easier on you.
There is another method called the Barrier method. In this method you secure furniture items with double sided duct tape and petroleum jelly. As these critters can’t cross either of these protective seals you’ll somewhat keep them from your furniture. That isn’t to say they won’t find other ways but a deterrent is a deterrent.
When you have to stop bed bug bites you know where your priorities are. You may end up just calling an exterminator but ultimately there are ways to handle it yourself. With a little hard work you could be bite free!
Bed bugs are nasty little parasites that feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals including humans and their common name comes from their love of nesting in places where people sleep. An infestation is something that nobody wants to live with and the truth is, finding an effective way to kill bed bugs can be difficult at best.
Though they are hard to find, they can be seen with the naked eye if you know what you are looking for. Their flat bodies are ovals and they can effectively stuff themselves into the smallest of crevices and cracks. Dark spots found on the bed linens are signs that you may have an infestation of these nasty insects.
The infested area will need to be thoroughly cleaned. Remove the bedding, clothes and throw rugs from the room and clean them as usual. Use hot water and put the dryer setting at the highest level.
Meanwhile, vacuum all sides of the mattress and seal it in plastic wrap. Lay mattress out in the sun for as long as you can. Rent a steam cleaner and use it on the curtains and carpet. The perimeter of the rug needs to be vacuumed as well as the edges of every piece of furniture in the room. Dislodge any eggs by scrubbing any hard surfaces with a stiff brush.
Purchase an insecticide made specifically to control them and, only after you have read the instructions, spray along the baseboards and in crevices where bed bugs may be hiding. Do not use any kind of pesticide on the mattress or any other surface that humans may come in direct contact with.
Use a pesticide that has been specifically developed to deal with this pest. Carefully read the instructions and spray it around the edges of the room especially in the crease between the baseboard and the carpet. Do not let the spray get on anything that has a chance of making contact with the skin.
Three of the common insect killers used are contact insecticides, insect growth inhibitors and insecticidal dust. As the name suggests, the first type kills the bugs when they come in contact with it but it some instances, they become immune. Growth inhibitors go after bugs that have just hatched in addition to eggs to control the population. These are effective but work slowly. Insecticidal dust is the most potent of the three but it is also poisonous to humans.
Even after you have done all this, you may still find some insects. If this is the case, it is time to call an exterminator. A qualified professional will have access to stronger chemicals and the expertise to use them properly. Several treatments may be necessary if the infestation is severe.
If you are plagued with an infestation of this tiny creature, you want to find a product that will not only prevent bed bugs but will kill bed bugs. At the same time, the treatment cannot be harmful to humans or pets.