How to Control or Prevent Bed Bugs

Bed bugs can truly prove to be a pesky problem to deal with. Not only do they cause painful welt bites and persistent itching, bed bugs are also known to cause anxiety, financial distress as well as complete social isolation. What is most alarming is the fact that these creatures are now invading more and more homes, latching on to suitcases, furniture and almost any surface that seems comfortable! Thankfully, there are pest control kits that can help you deal with this problem. Here are some tips and guidelines for controlling and preventing bed bugs at home.

Identify the Signs

Bedbug signs include eggs, droppings, which can be seen in the form of small black dots or spots and blood stains in some cases. Common places to find them include the seams of furniture or mattresses, crevices and cracks in furniture and even the wall baseboards. When a bed bug bites, the mark might be like that of a mosquito bite, and welts will appear about a couple of days after you have been bitten, depending on individual response. Also, the bite is extremely itchy. A heavily infested premises might give out a coriander like scent. When you notice these signs, you know that bed bugs are around and your pest control kits need to be purchased accordingly.

Know how they enter your home

Knowing how they invade your home will help prevent their entry to a large extent. Often times, these bugs latch on to your clothing, luggage and furniture especially when you enter your home after a long travel. Ideally, you should vacuum clean your suitcase as soon as possible after entering your home. Placing our luggage on the bed is a common mistake you should avoid. Use warm water with at least 60˚C temperature to wash your even your clean clothes. If you are using a machine, wash it with the highest setting for removing traces of bugs and germs.

Seal the cracks and crevices

If you suspect the presence of bed bugs at home, consider checking for cracks and crevices in your furniture and walls. Seal these up to deny hiding spots to bed bugs. Also, consider a thorough cleaning of your home, covering every nook and corner, removing clutter that may serve as hiding place for bed bugs . This will in general be helpful for eliminating pests that may be breeding in your home.

Consider killing bed bugs with heat

Killing bed bugs with heat is a common practice. But it needs to be done extremely carefully. Simply setting the room heater to high temperature is not enough. Bed bugs are killed when their body temperature reaches above 45˚C. Leaving small infested items in black polythene bags under the sun might kill bed bugs, but this solution is not feasible for large items such as mattresses. In case you are finding it difficult, seek professional assistance.
Seek help from experts

If you find it difficult to control the problem, seek professional assistance. They can give you the right advice on which pest control kits you should use.

Be vigilant when you deal with bugs. Do whatever is necessary for periodic home cleaning and clutter clearance. Seek professional help whenever necessary.

Fun Facts:
• Until today, bed bug has not yet been reported to spread any serious disease, however, its bites can not only cause itchy swellings and dark patches but may also subsequently trigger the allergic reaction called urticarial reactions or anaphylaxis.
Also some people might also develop psychological symptom such as delusionary parasitosis (patients feel the bed bug is around and may develop some skin reaction even though there is no bed bug around).
• Bed bugs hatching from their eggs can grow up within 3-4 weeks, which means they grow exponentially every year. One female is able to produce 50-100 eggs, and within just a few months, a house can easily become heavily infested. Once they totally infiltrated the premises, it is going to be difficult to eradicate them.
• Tropical bed bug is dominant in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and other countries, because they can easily survive without food up to 1-2 months in the tropical climate.

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