This article was written to create awareness in people of the ever-increasing problem of bed bugs, especially while traveling. This article also provides a few tips to avoid and get rid of them.
One of the worst pest issues that can affect a person is an infestation of bed bugs. They are small, flat; parasitic insects that hide in beds and bedding and subsist on a diet of human blood that they eat at night while the bed’s occupants are asleep. They can create large and nearly overwhelming infestations in a bed, and these can start with as little as one or two bugs that have hitched a ride in on clothes or luggage.
Be Careful While Traveling
They are a particular hazard for those who travel often because of their tendency to infest hotels and other places with a high turnover of guests every night. It’s very important, when traveling, to inspect your room before going to sleep. You should also keep your luggage, and other things, up off the ground. Some people like to even put their things in the bathroom, up on the counter.
Because of their size, it is often nearly impossible to see one as it starts an infestation in your home, and by the time you notice the bites it has often grown to a rather large size and has spread to all corners of the bed and bed frame.
How To Know If You Have Bed Bugs
The best clues to tip one off to a problem are first and foremost the bites that cause large red itching welts. The other signs are detritus left behind on mattresses and bed frames that are waste from the nest. This waste can cause breathing problems in sensitive individuals. You can also look for small blood stains on your sheets and mattress.
Knowing the problems they can cause, the next thing to be covered is how best to get rid of bed bugs. The key is to thoroughly clean all bedding by washing it in hot water for more than 30 minutes and drying it for the same length of time. The bed frame should also be cleaned, and the appropriate insecticides applied to get rid of the problem for good.
You Have To Be Thorough & Consistent
Getting rid of bed bugs for good requires the right products, combined with the right process. You can’t just treat your home once and expect to be done. It’s a process that can take a longer period of time, and possibly multiple treatments.
The good news is that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to hire an exterminator. While this is definitely an option to you, you CAN do it yourself and save a lot of money, but you have to do it right.
Published in: Homeowners