Getting Rid of Bed Bugs 101

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs 101

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs 101

You’re in the perfect place if you’re in doubt that your sweet abode has been infested by brown little monsters called bed bugs. They are a hassle and will cause you discomfort, but luckily they are not fatal. 

Sit tight throughout this article to find out everything you need to know to get them out of your life for good. 

Why Are Bed Bugs So Hard To Get Rid Of?

The blobs of brown may seem like weak opponents, but given that you have resorted to the Internet to fight them off, you already know that keeping your belongings clean of them is not an easy task. Let’s look into three main reasons bed bugs are so difficult to clear out.

Pyrethroid or Pesticide Resistance

Living beings evolve to better adapt and overcome obstacles in their surroundings. Bed bugs are the same, over the years they have built resistance to pesticides. 

Pyrethroids are one of the least toxic and most rapidly reacting ingredients to control pests. This class of chemicals is widely used and bed bugs have developed immunity against them. Studies have proven this. However, here’s some hope for you, how damaging pesticides also depend on their population size. 

Rapid Multiplication

Bed bugs are excellent at producing offspring, they want their descendants to conquer every inch of the area they have decided to reign in. 

Bed bugs cease to exist after about one year on earth. They need 3 to 7 meals on regular days. If they have sufficient blood to feed in and your room is air-conditioned, they are likely to double in population every 16 days!

Intrinsic Behavior

The little creatures are smart, they are active when it’s dark and for emergency gathering during daylight, they come together in tiny nooks and crannies. The flatness of their physical being helps them fit into the smallest of crevices. They usually try to position themselves as near to their next meal(your sofas or your bed) as they can. 

You can locate them in mattresses, headboards, side tables, bed frames, and so on. You might want to take a look behind your baseboards and wall plates as well. They are flaneurs, thus love to wander about, and do not have a fixed nest. 

Even if you have defeated all of them except one little pregnant bug, they can infest your house all over again. All in all, bed bugs are hard to get rid of because of their life cycle and their personalities. 

What Are the Signs of Infestation?

You are doubting that bed bugs may have invaded your home, and we’re here to confirm or debunk your suspicions. We have listed the most common signs that you can use to easily determine whether your house has been infested.

  • You woke up with itches that you did not have when you went to sleep
  • There’s a strong odor (from bed bugs’ scent glands)
  • There are bloodstains on your bed
  • There are shed skin, fecal spots, or eggshells in their potential hiding spots
  • Your walls, bedclothes, sheets, and mattresses have dried brown spots (bed bug excrement) 

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

We have listed a combination of remedial techniques and sure-fire ways to get rid of bed bugs from your precious house. 

Vacuum

First of all, keep in mind that this is a remedy and will not single-handedly solve your issue. 

Dispose of all the clutter of your room in a plastic bag outside of it. You have to be careful about moving pieces of furniture from your room because that would spread the bed bugs into the rest of your house. 

You should scrub the eggs off infested areas before vacuuming them. Please wash your vacuum outside immediately afterward. 

Steam

Do you have a steamer that gives off strong heat? You could kill bed bugs by making passes with steam on your bed frame and bed slowly. This will kill off the bugs in those places but not get rid of them altogether, however, you could repeat the process every few days for maximum benefits.

Protect Your Bed

Prevention is better than cure. When investing in a mattress, get a bedbug-proof one, preferably with a box spring encasement. This will effectively prevent bed bugs from entering your mattress or coming out to drink your or your family’s blood. 

Dryer Sheets

This is a popular hack in the virtual world. The supposed trick is to rub dryer sheets into infected areas. No data exists to support this. From a common-sense perspective, it is unlikely that dryer sheets will repel the bugs enough to not be drawn out by the CO2 we breathe out. 

Alcohol

This depends hugely on the chance because you can only attack bugs that you can see and as mentioned before, bed bugs are mostly active at night. There may be a fire hazard due to rubbing alcohol into the flammable fabric as well.  

Essential Oils

There is little scientific evidence for this, nevertheless, lots of companies claim that their oils kill bugs. Paraffin oil and silicone oil have shown the greatest results as of yet, however, the mortality rates are not high enough for you to effectively fight an infestation. 

Diatomaceous Earth

This is for the organic soul in you. This particular type of earth consists of grounded powder of diatoms’ (aquatic beings) fossils. The particles have sharp edges which harm the bed bugs’ exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate and die gradually. This is a relatively slow-paced killer, however, it is quite efficient if left to do its job.  

Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

There is considerable debate about the effectiveness of these devices. There is a whole paper on how they neither attracted nor repelled the bugs. 

Conclusion

You won’t underestimate beings because of their size anymore, nor will you take itchings in various parts of your body lightly. You’re also familiar with the plethora of methods available to get rid of the tiny beasts. With the knowledge that you have gained about bed bugs and fighting them off from this article, we wish you all the best in your quest to defeat them!

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