Bedbug Blog

    • How to Treat Bed Bug Bites

      Many people do not require substantial bed bug bite treatment, although, periodically, some anti-itch creams are advised, or treatment may be needed if bites are scratched then become infected.

      Individuals may see bed bug bites particularly after getting up from sleep in the morning. At times, a series of bed bug bites is discovered – a sign that one or two bugs might’ve been feeding upon your blood all during the nighttime as these bugs are the most active. One bite might or might not be a sign of a presence of these pests. Bed bug bites may resemble mosquito or spider bites. Waking up over and over again with bites will be more suggestive of these pests inside the home.

      Within many cases, people do not need to do a lot to relieve any discomfort related to these types of bites. If the bed bug bites itch, certain anti-itch creams may be used. Effective anti-itch creams might contain an antihistamine, diphenhydramine, or hydrocortisone, (steroid which has the ability to decrease swelling).

      The most critical thing to keep in mind with these types of bites includes avoiding scratching them. It might result in infection due to it being simple to transfer bacteria from underneath the fingernails into the broken skin. If the bed bug bites turn into open sores, are leaking pus, or are very swollen, you ought to obtain medical attention, as skin infections easily can turn into a blood infection-- that may be extremely serious.

      Some have more substantial reactions to such bites and will be considered to be allergic to components inside the saliva of these bugs. It means rather than having red, small bumps, they might develop larger bumps which are itchier. If this occurs, people might want to search for medical help, although general advice may be to consume an antihistamine to decrease the reaction.

    • What’s a Bed Bug-Proof Mattress?

      Bed bug colonies require a safe place to nest and sometimes accessibility to a human host so they are able to thrive. Bed bugs are extremely hardy. The bed bugs and their eggs can survive for months between feedings. Bed bugs may be killed by freezing cold or extreme heat, yet these measures often are challenging to employ within a living space. Bed bug-proof mattresses might not fully eliminate bed bugs from the property; however, it greatly can decrease their numbers and thereby, the nuisance they cause.

      Bed bugs naturally will search for a secluded and safe area in which to hide and nest. They like to burrow deep into porous and soft items like bedding and beds. Most products exist in order to thwart this desire on the part of these bugs, mainly in the form of wraps and encasements which fully enclose a mattress and typically the box springs, and turn a regular mattress within a bed bug-proof mattress. As the mattress is completely enclosed and encasement’s zippers are sealed tightly, the bugs inside the bed are going to be unable to exit to feed, and any additional bugs are going to be unable to crawl inside to nest. It’ll lead to the slow decline of the bug population.

      Additional choices for foiling bed bug invaders is available as well. A simplistic, yet extremely effective kind of bed bug-proof mattress includes a regular air mattress. The rubber, tough surface of a high quality air mattress has the ability to withstand a pest's attempts to burrow in. They’ll discover no safe nesting areas in or on a regular air mattress. If the pests try to nest inside the bedding, a trip through the washing machine is going to kill them.

    • Different Kinds of Bed Bug Pesticides

      The most crucial pesticide class for controlling bed bugs includes a class of compounds referred to as pyrethroids. The initial chemicals came from an African chrysanthemum plant variety, and showed very little toxicity to human beings. However, insects became resistant to the chemicals, therefore synthetic pyrethroids were created. Resistance to these now is becoming an issue again. Pest control businesses continually create new pyrethroid compounds with the hopes of better fighting insect infestations.

      One alternative to ineffective insecticides includes a bed bug spray referred to as chlorfenapyr, a compound named a pyrrole. It’s limited to treating spots, cracks, and crevices. Bed treatment is especially forbidden.

      Neonicotinoids include a promising compound group that comes from nicotine, the extremely insecticidal tobacco ingredient. These pests with resistance to additional kinds of bed bug pesticides don’t display resistance to this chemical class. However, they’re implicated in the collapse of a honey bee colony.

      A multitude of bed bug sprays include acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. These types of compounds will inhibit the transmission of signals within the nervous systems of humans and insects. They possess the possibility of being very toxic to humans and aren’t approved for usage inside dwellings.

      An intriguing bed bug pesticide group includes insect growth regulators like hydropene. Those chemicals will keep the young insects from growing to adults, and ultimately they die. Usually these compounds must be used in conjunction with additional insecticides.

      Even if a pesticide treatment is a success, it might have to be repeated a couple of weeks later, as eggs are unaffected by pesticides. If the conditions are especially dire, fumigation of the entire dwelling using sulfuryl fluoride or methyl bromide might be needed. These types of treatments only can be conducted by licensed professionals.

    • Using Diatomaceous Earth for Bed Bug Infestations

      To utilize diatomaceous earth for a bed bug infestation, you have to sprinkle the powder every place the bed bugs may be. It usually is a great idea to begin inside the bedroom, as that is where most of the infestation is going to be. However, additional areas of the house also must be treated as these bugs may spread all throughout a whole dwelling extremely quickly.

      It is vital that you get the diatomaceous earth within all the small crevices and cracks. It includes creases in upholstery, baseboards, as well as cracks in furniture. Also, you might want to sprinkle a bit inside the mattresses and box springs, as well as under and on furniture. Some professionals even advise removing outlet covers and light switch covers to sprinkle the diatomaceous earth there.

      After a couple of days, vacuum the dust up. Many exterminators advise adding a cup full to a vacuum canister or bag prior to fully vacuuming your house. After all the substance is removed, immediately dispose of its contents in the vacuum cleaner. Seal it inside a plastic bag prior to disposing of it outside.

      Also, diatomaceous earth may assist in preventing bed bug infestations. You can sprinkle a thin layer of the dust inside baseboards and additional cracks, underneath furniture, and in between the mattress and box spring. For extra protection, a handful of people even place 4 strong dishes that are filled up with diatomite underneath each of their bed’s legs.

      Even though food-grade diatomaceous earth generally is safe, even for pets and small children, exterminators advise a few safety precautions while spreading it around. Usually, gloves are an excellent idea, as is a respirator or mask. It’ll prevent the thin particles from irritating the fragile mucous membranes of your nose, lungs, and throat.

    • Common Indications of Bed Bugs

      Bed bug signs may be difficult to spot because the pests themselves are so tiny, and usually are nocturnal creatures. It’s better to search for hints that the bugs have been there, like remnants of waste that are appearing as dark small specks on your sheets. These indications of bed bugs commonly comprise of little blood stains from any bites and discarded waste from the pests themselves like eggs, excrement, dead bugs, or shed skin.

      These bed bug signs are going to appear inside the sheets of your bed, because bed bugs generally bite human beings while they’re asleep. Bed bugs often will reside inside the folds of your sheets within the day. They also may reside inside the box spring or mattress, between the two, or inside crevices around your bed. It’s so they’re able to hide within the daytime without being disturbed, yet so you can eradicate bed bugs from your home, it’ll be necessary to find -- then destroy their daytime place of hiding. It’s usually somewhere inside a bedroom, yet bed bugs also may infest carpeting and move all throughout your home and move to additional areas on clothes.

      It’s useful to smooth the sheets out and closely look when browsing for the aforementioned bed bug signs; a magnifying glass might be useful because they may be extremely hard to view with the naked eye. Amongst the best methods of telling includes looking for stains on your sheets which have a rust-like look; it may be indicative of bed bug excrement and blood from any bites. Bites, of course, upon the skin also may be bed bug signs. Typically, these are itchy and appear similar to mosquito bites, yet they might be more numerous and more concentrated within one area. Occasionally the bites may take a couple of days to show up.

    • Bed Bug Elimination

      It may be extremely challenging to eliminate bed bugs. It’s partially due to the truth that they’ll hide in small places, and crawl into the tiniest crevices and cracks, making it difficult to find them for extermination. Rarely are they witnessed in the daytime, preferring to crawl out in the nighttime, which will make them even more difficult to detect and eliminate. Also, these bugs are able to remain in their hiding spaces for 1 year or longer without consuming food, traveling inside someone's luggage, clothes, or even inside of airplanes and vehicles. Even worse, they’ll lay multiple eggs at once; the female may produce 300 eggs that hatch in only ten days.

      Pesticide dusts and sprays may be used to eliminate bed bugs in crevices and corners, yet bed bugs constantly take up residence within someone's clothing and bed. Utilizing spray insecticides in these types of places actually can pose a health problem to the unfortunate individual who has them. Many experts, instead, suggest things such as vacuuming them up, as well as disinfecting mattresses; also they recommend brushing them inside boiling water. Clothing and bedding must be laundered at 120° F (48.88° C) to eliminate bed bugs. Most experts advise eliminating infested mattresses, as merely disinfecting them might not be enough to eliminate persistent bed bugs.

      To totally get rid of bed bugs which have discovered their way inside smaller items, an individual may attempt to put the bugs into tied plastic bags and leave them inside the sun for a couple of days. It additionally helps to place them outside as the temperature outdoors is below freezing. But, they have to be left outside for a minimum of 2 weeks to kill them altogether. Your vacuum may be utilized to get rid of pests which are in carpets and on walls. Then, it is better to remove the vacuum bag by putting it into a sealed trash bag then placing it outdoors.

    • Bed Bug Bites

      Ouch!  You have a bed bug  bite?  But how do you know  it’s come from a bed bug and not something else?

      Honestly, bed bug bites can be nondescript as far as bites go.  But the more you know about them, the more you’ll be educated in case you do become victim to them.

      Though they’re not entirely nocturnal, bed bugs are going to bite their victims when they’re victims are in their present habitats, so bug bites will happen at night while their victims are sleeping.

      Some people will not experience any reaction at all to a bed bug bite.  Others will.  Some things to look for: a bite with a red, swollen area and a dark red center or bites in a line grouped together in a small area.  You may also look for blisters or hibes at the bite site.  As for areas of the skin, they can happen anywhere.  Most will occur or body parts that are exposed while sleeping such as face, arms, legs, or hands.

      As stated before, you may not see the bites immediately; they may not appear until several days after the initial bite.  Usually they are very itchy bites.  Symptoms may include a burning sensation on the skin.  One of the interesting things about bed bug bites is that you will not feel them at the time of the actual bite; they excrete a tiny amount of anesthesia into your body before they bite.

    • Bed bugs and Children

      While children are not arguably more susceptible to experiencing bed bug problems than adults, there are several ways that children can experience problems without the knowledge of their parent.

      Children may be at a higher risk of receiving bed bug bites if they are sleeping over at friends' homes. In fact, children who sleep in multiple environments are more prone to bedbugs because they are exposed to more potential bedbug habitats.

      There are several signs and symptoms that can show your child has been experiencing bed bug bites.  Your child may complain of itching, but there may or may not be a visible bug bite. What may start as a small bruise like area, may turn into red bumps on the exposed parts of the body.  You may see telltale signs of bedbug infestation such as bloodstains on the sheets, flecks of bed bug dung on or around the bed, or smell a sweet odor that results from large numbers of bed bugs.

      Once you have confirmed that your child has been bitten, the next step is to seek medical care. Your doctor may prescribe topical steroids to help relieve intensely itchy bites. If your child has a bacterial infection on the skin from scratching, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics.  Bed bug bites are difficult to visually diagnose.  If your child is continuing to get lesions, the child's doctor may need to take a small sample of skin to determine if he or she has some other skin condition.

    • Bed Bugs while Traveling

      We all fear that we’ll stay at a hotel with bed bugs don’t we?  However, simply staying at a place with bed bugs is not your only worry.  Most bed bug infestations start from bed bugs being brought in from an outside source, such as a motel or from a traveling guest.

      Bed bugs will definitely travel with people.  They are not like lice that travel directly on the person, but they do travel on the persons clothing or their travel gear.  If you have a concern about bed bugs traveling on your favorite items, make sure you place these items into a plastic bag and not remove them to a carpeted floor.

      But what about your other items, how can you ensure they aren’t carrying bed bugs without throwing them away?  In addition to containing the items in a plastic bag, you’ll want to make sure your items are laundered, washed by hand, heated or frozen after any possible contact with a bed bug infestation.

      When washing items later that may have had contact with bed bugs, make sure you set the washer and dryer on the hottest setting that the fabric can withstand or use a dry cleaning service.

      When it comes to suitcases that may accompany you on your travels, make sure they are thoroughly inspected for bed bugs before storing them.  If you do find bed bugs, make sure that you hand wash the suitcases with hot soapy water, as hot as possible.

    • How to get rid of bed bugs

      Once you have identified the source of the bedbugs in your home the next step is to begin ridding yourself of the infestation.

      Step one: you must bag and launder all affected items.  Upon washing gather all linen, cloth and leather bags, mattress covers, clothing, and teddy bears.  Wash the laundry as well.  Some metropolitan areas offer bed bug laundry and dry cleaning services which have the added benefits of proven methods for killing bed bugs and bagging or storing cleaned items so they do not become re-infested while the home is still being exterminated.  If something cannot be washed or discarded, use a non-toxic bug spray.

      Step two: purchase or rent a steam cleaner to rid affected areas of bugs and eggs.  You may be able to purchase a simple device at your local grocery store.  Thoroughly spray all infected areas of your house and all areas that may have been affected as well.

      Step three: vacuum your house.  This will remove all bugs and eggs from the mattresses, carpet, walls and other surfaces.  Afterward, dispose of the vacuum contents in a sealed trash bag.  Once this is finished, repair all cracks in plaster and glue down loosened wallpaper to eliminate bed bug harborage sites.

      Step four: Depending on the size of your infestation you may want to consider using insecticides.  Apply as a spot treatment to cracks and crevices where bed bugs could be hiding.

      Lastly, although you may perfectly capable of solving your infestation on your own, pest control is still available, and should you find yourself not up to the task there is no shame in seeking the help of a qualified professional.

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