Mommy Katie: All Important Tips and Methods to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Friday, July 28, 2017

All Important Tips and Methods to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

I’m sure you won’t like suffering from urticaria or erythematous rashes. These heavy medical terms are associated with the biting of tiny insects known as bed bugs which may be your disguised neighbours living in your bed and surviving on your blood. In severe cases, it may also cause anemia, delusional parasitosis, stress, anxiety and anaphylactic shock to you. There is nothing to worry about as here are some effective ways to get rid of these bloodsucking unwanted creatures.

Once you have found an infestation of bed bugs in your home, you may decide to eradicate them by choosing any one option. Either you do it on your own or hire a professional exterminator, but make sure to exterminate them immediately as the development of new bugs is incredibly fast.

Depending upon the severity of the infestation, you can decide the method of extermination. Obviously, for hiring a professional expert you will have to shell out some extra bucks but it is the best option for an out-of-control infestation.

Once you decide to go for extermination on your own, make sure you are armed with sufficient knowledge about parasites and pesticides. Otherwise, these insects may run to other areas of your home to get a cover and this will lead to their spreading to your whole home.

·         Washing

Fabhow advices to do washing and vacuuming first in order to combat a bedbug infestation by yourself.  If you find that your clothes or bedlinen have become infested, then by washing at 60°C or simply putting them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes may kill the bugs.

·         Sucking by a vacuum cleaner

After dismantling your affected bed and furniture, closely examine every crevice, seam and joint by a bright flashlight. If you see any infestation, use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up these bugs.

·         Powder

You can buy cheap powders which are composed of diatomaceous earth (tiny microscopic fossilized algae) that is crushed in order to make them sharp edged good enough to cut up the exoskeleton of the bugs. By cutting the outer shells of bed bugs, this powder kills bed bugs as they get dehydrated. It is environmentally safe in comparison to treatment of other pesticides.

How to use:
Apply this powder to every part of your bed, but before that cover the mattress, its seams and the box spring base of your bed properly. You should also apply this powder to the area around the bedposts and along the bottom of walls so it will prevent the critters trying to crawl up your bedpost.

Precautions:
Keep this powder away from your nose (or tie a cloth on your nose) as by inhaling this powder may cause complications.

·         Traps

Applying Vaseline: Make a trap by applying Vaseline to the legs of your bed. The bed bugs will not able to escape from this sticky trap.

Carbon dioxide trap: In this trap scents, carbon dioxide and heat may be used to attract the insects. The insects will climb up a rough surface under the influence of this scent and then they will land into a pitfall where they can no longer come out.

·         Insect Growth Regulator

You can use Insect Growth Regulator chemicals like methoprene and hydroprene to stop the development of new eggs. Though it will cease the further growth, it would be fine to use another extermination method to kill the matured bugs which are already alive.

·         Mattress Encasements

This method is a bit expensive. Buy encasements to seal your mattresses, box springs and pillows. As they are sealed, bugs will not be able to infiltrate them. In case, they are caught inside then, it is likely that they’ll die of starvation. You need to keep the encasements on for a year to make this method effective. And when bugs will not be able to find hiding spots in the mattresses, they may hide in the cracks of wall or furniture to suck your blood later.
·         Seal cracks and crevices

The bugs may be able to hide themselves in your cracked walls, crevices and other damaged plaster area.  So, repair the cracks in plaster or remove any loose wall paper at the earliest. You can also apply caulk to seal crevices and gaps in cabinets.

Professional Extermination with Pesticides

·         Insecticides

In case there is a severe infestation, with thousands of bed bugs around, you should take help from a professional exterminator to prevent and eliminate them.
They may be using the following insecticides to eliminate the infestation:
·         Dichlorvos
·         Resmethrin
·         Malathion
·         Propoxur
·         Hydroprene
·         Cyfluthrin
·         Permethrin
·         Pythrethrum
·         Chlorpyrifos
·         Fencalerate
Fumigation

You can get rid of these pests by fumigating your home or fumigating the entire building if you live in an apartment. However, they may climb up to the ventilation systems and walls to affect the nearby areas.
Pyrethroid sprays

Pyrethroid sprays may be most effective against the bed bugs infestation. But you should take extra care while using it especially when you have kids in home. Use these sprays in places indicated on the label. Don’t use any liquid spray in electrical outlets. Follow the instructions written on the label carefully.

Note:
Bed bugs are very smart. They can become resistant to certain chemicals so any insecticide which was effective previously may not be useful for the next time. Also, many of them can detect a pesticide beforehand to hide deep inside the crevices or joints of furniture. Some of them may vacate the sprayed area for some time to settle into another part of home.
Seeing all these complications, professional exterminators have adopted few more advanced methods to combat infestations.

·         Heat and Steam Treatments

As bed bugs cannot survive in extremely heated environments, so steam exposure may kill them effectively at all stages of development. Moreover, steam can penetrate into hard to reach areas of your furniture and bed, cloth wrappers of mattresses, joints, seems and box springs and eliminate bed bugs hiding there as well.

You should use a commercial steamer with a minimum capacity of 1 gallon because the steamer used by you to steam clothing will not be effective for treatment of bed bugs. If possible get a steamer equipped with a steam volume control.

Exterminators do heat or steam treatment by exposing bedbugs to extreme heat over 46°C. In this way bed bugs would die after just seven minutes.

·         Freezing Treatment

Luckily, you have got another technique to get rid of these bloodsucking creatures. Just like hot temperatures, bed bugs cannot survive in low temperatures either. So by using a cryonite freezing machine, professional exterminators will make your room so cold (-32°C) that the bugs will get killed within 15 minutes.


So these were few ways to get rid of bed bugs. Make sure to act fast enough because even a few of these critters can initiate a full-blown infestation leaving you distressed.

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