Bed bugs, one of the most common public health pest worldwide once , are not so extensively heard of through the later 20th century. Awareness in public health and sanitation, inculcation of cleanliness among people, awareness regarding a better lifestyle are few of the major reasons for their decline over the decades. However, despite of the caution practices, sometimes avoiding them becomes impossible, because of their ability to travel through mediums in an effortless manner. Now, the bed bugs worldwide, have undergone dramatic resurgence and built up a strong immunity to several common insecticides, making the insecticide ineffective.
Bed bugs are one of the great travellers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture, and you thought beds were the only place they were cosy in! Read on to find out, the methodical way in which you can get rid of these pests, from your house, and make your home a much more comfortable, irritation and rash free, and a more sanitary place to stay in.
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Bed bugs love wood or fabric, and are more likely to be present in or around them as compared to metal or plastic. Things to look for are not the bugs themselves but also their larvae and the eggs. Brown colored dried fecal matter can be found as residue where the bugs once stayed.
Not only the main bed structure, you also need to check the adjoining furniture, because bed bugs know how to find their way around.
It is possible that bed bugs might travel from one piece of furniture to another, by using you as a medium. so to get rid of them completly, you need to make sure you inspect all possible places compeletly.
These commonly include floor to wall carpentry, behind the beds, cracks on walls and furniture.
Make sure you inspect thoroughly, just of couple of left over bed bugs is what it takes to make your life a living hell.
You could try prevention, chemical treatment such as insecticides, or ever better sanitation practices.
High temperatures make sure that the bugs or larvae don't survive. Individual items can be wrapped in plastic and kept at a sunny place for a few days, the heat would make the bugs move out, the plastic would help suffocate the bugs.
A steamer can be easily purchased at the local hardware store. You could also convert an electric kettle into a steamer. The direct steam would kill all the bugs and eggs.
Vacuuming the floor and the carpets would make sure that all the bugs are captured and discarded properly. you might want to pay special attention to wall to wall joints. Seal the vacuum trash in a bag and dispose it. You could also steam clean the carpets to be sure.
Cracks and loose wallpapers are a few of the most favorite places where bugs hide
Use of insecticides in cracks where the bugs are hiding can help you destroy bugs to their root cause. If the bed bugs are present after 2 weeks of the initial treatment, make sure to use the insecticides again, to get rid of any new eggs that might have hatched.
Practice makes perfect. Experienced companies know exactly where and how to look for bugs, and are more than just well equipped to handle the situation.
In some cases affected mattresses or furniture needs to be disposed off because of the damage caused.
If the bugs get stuck to the silica gel, they can not be shaken off, and eventually dehydrate and die. So buying so me silica gel and putting it on your mattress, around your floor, along the walls, is massively helpful!
Just when you thought tea could not help you anymore, it gives you oil to get rid of bugs. truly versatile, isn't it?
At the lest, inspect the furniture thoroughly, and make sure you are not buying a bunch load of bed bugs.
Low grade hotels and inns may usually not be very vigilant about the cleanliness routine followed to make sure avoidance of such outbursts. Make sure to be careful and check the mattresses to make sure there aren't any bed bugs.
We all now know how much bed bugs would want to get into our lives, but hey, if keeping your luggage off the ground helps, then why not?!
Ware houses, cars trucks etc may be infected with bed bugs. Familiarity would help you stop the infestation, or at least help you catch it on an early stage. Stay vigilant, stay clean!