Bed Bugs

How Do You Remove Them From Your Home?

 

Bed bugs are one of the most annoying pests at home. They are small wingless insects that will feed by hematophagy. It is a term that describes how insects exclusively feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals, specifically, us, humans. Because we spend so much time in our beds, these insects have made it the ideal environment for them to thrive, feed, and reproduce.

They’ve actually been in existence for millions of years, a lot earlier than humans. Throughout history, they have evolved into nest parasites, thriving in the nests of birds and bat roosts. Upon the arrival of humans, they also learnt to adapt to the changing environment. Instead of bird nests, they improvised by coming to our homes, particularly in our beds.

Today, they are considered as one of the biggest pest problems in various kinds of living spaces, including private and residential homes, shelters, apartments, dormitories, even army barracks and cruise ships. The reason why they spread so fast is because they can easily thrive in diverse environments. As a matter of fact, a study in 2011 from SRI International revealed that bed bugs do inbreeding and can still produce perfectly healthy offspring.

 

Signs of Bed Bugs At Home

The most obvious sign of bed bugs is when people begin complaining of bites after or during sleep. If this happens to your home, you have to immediately examine your bedroom. Take a closer look at the creases in the bed linen, as well as the seams and tufts of mattresses. You should be looking for two things – the bugs and their eggs. The eggs will look like pale and tiny poppy seeds.

Infestation Control

bed bugsYou must know that because bed bugs are quite successful and skillful in hiding in different places, complete eradication can be very tough. If you have unlimited patience and lots of time, you can do it on your own. However, the best way to effectively control the infestation is to get professional help. You must call in a reliable pest control company. With the experts, they know what to look for and where to look the moment they enter your doorstep.

For your part, you may be able to help out, too. First of all, you need to remove any excess clutter. The more clutter you have the more opportunities bed bugs will have to find places to hide. Also, the clutter will just disrupt and make the inspection a lot more difficult. You may also be advised by the pest control company to move furniture away from the walls while mattresses and box springs must be standing on edge. However, it’s better to talk to your pest control company first because some will actually want your stuff to be left as it is.

Here’s a bunch of tips to remove bed bugs:

  • Garments and bedding must be bagged and laundered at 120 degrees F. These two cannot in anyway be treated using insecticide, so washing them is the only solution. If laundry is not possible, you can put them in the clothes drier and set the appliance to high heat.
  • But there are things that are not possible to treat using water or placing them in the drier. The best alternative is to wrap them in plastic and then place them outdoors in a substantially hot area for at least 24 hours. The purpose of bagging them is to produce an internal temperature of at least 120 degrees F.
  • You can also use freezing but unlike heating, it may take a few days to get it done. You can do it during the winter season when finding hot areas aren’t as feasible.
  • Though you think vacuuming won’t work, it actually can help in getting rid of some of the infestation right before you decide on getting professional treatment using insecticides. Vacuuming can help a lot when it comes to dealing with infestations inside cracks and crevices.

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