A bed bug infestation is on the rise. Some of the contributing factors to the spread of bed bugs is the amount of increased air travel and travel in general over the last decade. They can hitch a ride on just about most anything especially clothing left sitting on a bed or on the floor where bed bugs like to reside. They do not feed on dirt, debris, or crumbs, meaning an unclean environment is not the primary target for the insect to dwell. If you’re looking for more tips, bed bug has it for you.
Very small and hard to see, they bury themselves into a mattress, where they find a perfect home. They seek many different places to hide during the day, including linens, drapery, headboards, desks, nightstands, artwork frames, mattresses, behind wood moldings or in between loose floor boards or cracks and clothing. They can migrate to infect every room in your dwelling over a period of time.
When the bed bug reaches maturity, it is reddish brown in color with a flattened, oval appearance. On their body, microscopic hairs give off a banded appearance. They possess no wings. Some people believe that bed bugs are so small that they cannot be seen by the naked eye. This is not the case, as some adults reach length of 4 to 5 millimeters (which translates into 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch). Their size is comparable to that of an apple seed. Since bed bugs are extremely shy and wary of others, an infestation of the insect is quite hard to pinpoint
With the use of a flashlight, you may find them crawling about at night. Additional signs, such as blood spots help detect an infestation. Bed bugs are not toxic and fortunately are not carriers of disease. The real concern is that they bite, feed on blood and can make your life miserable at night when sleeping if they are found in a mattress.
Health departments everywhere have taken notice and exterminators have a booming business. It can be very costly to treat from exterminators, to replacing a mattress and even furniture. In many places toxic insecticides are banned so many are scrambling to find alternative solutions.
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Natural methods can work effectively to reduce and eliminate these pests. Placing clothing, footwear, rugs, toys, stuffed animals, backpacks and other non-launderable items in the dryer can conveniently remove bed bugs. Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth placed around the perimeter of a room where floor meets wall or any place where something is joined to another will prevent migration and ultimately death from lack of food, namely us or a pet.
Removing sheets from the mattress and placing in a hot dryer for twenty minutes will kill bed bugs, then wash to remove any residue and eggs from the fabric followed by drying again. Washing alone is not effective. Inspect the mattress for any sign of tearing or any place where there may be an opening where the bed bug can migrate.
Or you can try a mattress encasement. This is just a little bit different from the standard cover you would get that just keeps the top from getting stains on it, the cover is a complete encasement zipped around the entire mattress.