Even though they are relatively harmless, people still shudder at the thought of bedbugs infesting their house or apartment. Bedbugs do drink your blood while you sleep, but there is no indication that they spread disease, and they aren’t attracted to dirty places. All a bedbug really wants is someplace warm with blood and carbon dioxide. That being said, once you have them it can be quite difficult to get them out. Bedbugs are extremely resilient and it can be almost impossible to find all their hiding spots and destroy all their eggs. The best course of action is to prevent them from making an appearance in the first place.
What Is a Bedbug? To say that bedbugs are bugs that live in your bed is simplistic, but essentially true. The bedbug belongs to the Cimicidae family, and the reason they are so keen on hanging around where you and I sleep is because there is an ample supply of blood. Bedbugs primarily operate in the nighttime, but they will come out at other times, if necessary. The bite of a bedbug is quite mild, and you won’t even be woken up if one pierces your skin and starts to feed. In fact, you may not even notice if a bedbug bites while you’re awake.
What Is a Bedbug? The end result of bedbug bites are small, reddish bumps that look similar to a mild rash or a mosquito bite. Most often, a bedbug bite isn’t raised off the skin, but is flat. To know if you’re dealing with a bedbug or not, and adult is about 4 to 5 mm in length and around 3 mm wide. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies and go from a light brown to reddish-brown colour. Some bedbugs reach a darker brown colour as they get older.
Bedbug Prevention Tips It’s not going to enhance your life at all if you’re constantly paranoid about bedbugs. However, taking a few precautionary measures to keep them away never hurt, either. Once they get into your bed, they can be more than challenging to get out.1) Anytime you bring second hand furniture or clothing into your house, give it the once over before you set it down and leave it. Look in all the little cracks and creases and folds, because that’s where they like to hide. You can also purchase mattress covers for your mattress and boxspring that are designed to keep bedbugs out.2) Bedbugs often hitch a ride on your kid’s clothing, and it’s wise to inspect it anytime they come back from a sleepover. Another way to prevent bedbugs after a sleepover is to toss all the clothes into a hot washing machine. This will kill any bugs that may be hiding in the clothes.
Bedbug Prevention Tips3) Utilizing some basic housekeeping skills is another way to prevent the dreaded bedbug from showing up in your house. Bedbugs love to take cover in the midst of clutter, so reducing the amount of clutter in your home will also reduce the number of hiding spots for the bedbugs.4) If you are traveling for business or any other reason, use the luggage racks provided at your hotel, and inspect your luggage well when you get home.Basically, any situation where bedbugs could stow away in your clothes, luggage or anything else, is an opportunity for prevention.
Places to Look If you’re suspicious that one or more made it past your defenses, take a look through in all the usual hiding spots.Bed – Little blood spots are the telltale sign they’ve been on your bed. Stand the mattress up on end and look all around the seam, inside the pleats and anywhere else that could hide a bug. Do the same with the boxspring, and use a flashlight if necessary.Bedroom – The bed might be the main spot they like to hide, but it isn’t the only one. If the bed is clear, look under desks and dressers, in drawers, behind pictures and curtains, behind baseboards and under carpet, if you can.Furniture – One thing about bedbugs is that they like to travel. If you find them in your room, you should look around the rest of the house, too. This includes couches, chairs and tables. It also includes curtains, pictures, baseboards and everything else you looked at in the bedroom.
If You Already Have Bedbugs If you find that you already have bedbugs, it’s a little late for your prevention methods. Some of the more common home bedbug remedies include: • Chemicals & Pesticides • Steaming & Fogging • Aerosol Treatment • Exposure to Heat or Cold
If You Already Have Bedbugs It’s always best to use caution anytime you start messing around with chemicals in the same place you sleep. In most cases, bedbug home removal won’t work 100% effectively anyway. It’s perfectly ok to try, and in some cases you might even succeed, but even a couple of stragglers will see them return in the future. If you really want them gone, call up some professionals who deal with bedbugs everyday. A professional will know all the secret hiding spots and how to get the bugs to come out. If you hire experts, you’ll also get some kind of guarantee or warranty that the bugs will be gone for good. In most cases, that’s a lot more than you can hope to get by doing it yourself.