Treatment For Bed Bugs

Tips and advice on the treatment of bed bugs

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6 Tips For The Treatment Of Bed Bugs

Got bed bugs? If you do, we are here, ready to help. At Treatment for Bed Bugs we will provide you with all the information you need to prevent, detect and treat infestations of these tiny blood sucking pests in your home.

How To Recognise A Bed Bug;

Adults – measure about 1/4 inch in length and are brownish red in color, their bodies appear flat and oval shaped.

Nymphs – are smaller replicas of their parents but tend to be much lighter in color.

Eggs – often, likened in size, shape and color to a grain of rice.

Learn more:  Bed Bug Pictures – A Look At The Bed Bug Life Cycle

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If you suspect you have bed bugs there are a few signs you can look for which should confirm your suspicions.

However, the first sign of an infestation is usually bites on your body when you wake. These itchy, red welts or bumps are caused by an allergic reaction which is triggered by the bugs saliva which contains an anticoagulant to allow your blood to flow more freely. The rash is most often found on parts of the body which have been exposed over night such as the arms, legs and face. Scratching may cause the skin to become broken and inflamed possibly leading to a bacterial skin infection which will require medical attention.

The only way to completely get rid of these bites is to use an effective treatment for bed bugs, before you can do that you have to establish whether or not you have an infestation.

Checking For Signs of Bed bugs:

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Signs of Bugs

1. Inspect your mattress in particular along seams, around buttons and handles and in creases.

2. Check the box spring (if you have one) any rips in fabric will make this an ideal hiding place, for them to live and breed. It also makes treatment for bed bugs more difficult.

3. Have a close look at sheets and other bedding.

4. Closely inspect cracks and crevices in walls, floors around window frames and door frames.

5. Our vampire friends are nocturnal i.e. they only come out at night and will often hide out in really obscure places during the day so check smoke alarms, clocks, behind picture frames, behind peeling wall paper etc.

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What are you looking for?

Quite simply you are looking for live bugs but more than likely you will find dark brown/black faecal marks, discarded skins which have been cast as bugs mature and grow and blood splats where bugs may have been squashed on bed linen.

In times gone by insecticides were used to kill these pests and they did so very successfully. However, such chemicals can be very toxic and harmful to health and in some cases the bugs began to build up resistance.

Read  - Signs Of Bed Bugs – Know What To Look For

Today, it is possible to get a complete successful treatment of bed bugs without the need for harmful insecticides.

Six Treatment For Bed Bugs Tips:

1. De-clutter the room, place unwanted items such as newspapers, books etc. in sealed plastic bags and dispose of them.

2. Place all bed linen, clothing etc. into plastic bags which you should seal tightly (to prevent the spread of the infestation) and remove to your laundry area. Launder everything possible at high temperatures and tumble dry again, at the highest temperature possible. Items unsuitable for laundering should be placed in your drier on a high heat for at least ten minutes. Items which cannot be treated in this may possibly be steam cleaned. All laundered items should be placed in clean, sealed plastic bags to prevent re-infestation.

3. Vacuum EVERYTHING, mattress, carpets, chairs, sofas, soft furnishings and furniture (inside and out.) Don’t forget to attack any cracks and crevices using the tools on your vacuum – it may also be wise to seal up any such areas. Empty your vacuum cleaner immediately whilst in the infested room. Seal the bag and dispose of it.

4. Retrace your steps using a steam cleaner. Instantaneous steam which reaches in the region of 120oC will kill bed bugs at all stages of development including eggs.

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Take a look at: Kill Bed Bugs With Steam For A Step By Step Guide

5. Remember all the obscure places the bugs like to hide in during the day – alarm clocks, electrical switches and so on.

6. Finally, you may want to consider the use of a non toxic spray, fossil shell dust or traps as an additional treatment for bed bugs.

This treatment for bed bugs does work, however it is hard work and may take more than one attempt.

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N.B. If your infestation is particularly large or wide spread you may have no alternative but to bring in professional pest control experts.

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  • admin

    If I were you I would consider something which is non toxic – there are numerous sprays around. However you will have to make sure that you purchase one with a residual effect so that it will continue to kill bugs. Many of these only kill on contact. Something else I would use is crawling insect dust and bed bug traps. These are fairly low cost and whilst they don’t give instant results they are effective.

    If by heaters you are referring to the ones used by pest control companies to carry out heat treatments I would say you are unlikely to be able to rent these. Many are fueled with propane so in the wrong hands could be dangerous. However, you can rent steam cleaners which will kill bugs and eggs to.

    Hope this helps.

  • r. bowman

    what chemicals should be used in a diy situation? also, are “heaters” that can illiminate bugs & eggs available for rent?

  • admin

    Hi Steven,

    Sorry to hear you are being driven crazy by these tiny vampires.

    From what you have said you appear to have done pretty much everything you should have with the de-cluttering, vacuuming and laundering. The bed bug spray and dust will also usually work.

    However, it may be that you have missed a few eggs when you vacuumed and sprayed or that the spray you have cannot penetrate the egg to kill it. Obviously, this will have allowed them to hatch which would explain the re-appearance.

    If I were you I would once again vacuum and launder EVERYTHING possible don’t forget you child’s soft toys etc. Once laundered place everything in sealed plastic bags to prevent re-contamination and empty you vacuum cleaner immediately into a plastic bag, seal it and dispose of it.

    The one thing you have not tried is using steam – get a steam cleaner (you can most probably hire one if you don’t want to rent one.) Make sure that it has high pressure but low vapour so that your carpets etc. don’t end up really wet.

    Once you have vacuumed re-trace your steps carefully using the steam cleaner – this will kill bed bugs at all stages of development.

    You can then use your spray and dust as an extra insurance policy.

    Read Kill Bed Bugs With Steam

    As for your child’s bites all you can really do is put a topical cream such as hydrocortisone on or perhaps get some oral antihistamine to ease the itching.

    I hope this helps

  • Steven

    update to comment below.. evening after finding the 7 bedbugs pulled all baseboards and pulled back carpet only found 2 bedbugs small adult.. liberally dusted under edge of walls and under carpet with bedbug dust before reinstalling both.. bites on my 2 year old appeared shortly after first comment / question leading me to believe it was several hours after bites that the bites actually appeared on his skin.. please help get rid of these bugs .seeing my child with these bites really bothers me.. no one else seems to have any new bites. we all stay on our mnattresses when we sleep but my 2 year old likes to sleep on his pillow on floor and we have a hard time keeping him on his bed…

  • Steven

    my family an I have recently found bedbugs in our home. neither my wife nor I have ever encountered these critters before and we panicked threw out our mattresses and livingroom furniture (our entire family now sleeps on air mattresses..) we thoroughly vaccummed the entire house, washed and dried everything washable on highest heat possible sprayed liberally all baseboards carpet walls picture frames.. ( everything in the house including the house itself) with Harris bedbug killer waited 4 days and liberally applied JT Eaton bedbug dust to all baseboards (cracks) and all carpet in the house. after 1 week since applying the bedbug dust we are no longer waking with bites however previously we were only finding 1 or 2 bugs in the early morning hours every couple days or so, but just this morning (1 week since dusting) long after daylight we found 7 adult bugs on bed sheets air mattress and wall near the mattress.. are we missing these bugs or are they being flushed out by the spraying and dusting we have done and we are just being impatient about their dieing?? should we vacumm up the dust and reapply insecticide and redust again after?? need help getting rid of these durn bugs!!

  • admin

    Hi Nay,

    I can understand why you would be less than keen to take your belongings out of storage.

    IF I were you I would get a professional pest control expert to check out the house and your sofa and beds before you move back in. Your landlord may not be too happy about this so perhaps you could get the pest control person to pose as a “friend.” I know this will cost you money that perhaps you could use for other things but it might be worth it.

    Take a look at the article Bed Bug Infestations – Legal Tips For Tenants

    Good Luck!