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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  • kirsty

    Yes bed bugs can be very difficult to control without the correct knowledge its not what you use but how you use it :)

    Nice informative website by the way

  • admin

    Hi Nancy,

    You have covered pretty much everything however, the rubbing alcohol you used will not kill any remaining bed bugs – it is only effective if it makes direct contact – because it evaporates very quickly.

    All I can suggest is that you remain vigilant, you could put a dusting of fossil shell dust in areas where you luggage has been as a precaution. Keep a close look out for dark marks around small cracks and crevices in walls and floors (bed bug poo)or skins shed by bed bugs or small blood smears on bedding.

    There is every possiblity that you have been bitten by some other type of insect. You are right about bed bugs leaving bites in lines but usually in groups of three.

    Hope this helps and I hope you really are bed bug free!

  • Nancy Q

    Hi, I recently went on a trip and stayed in a houseboat rental. We stayed there for 5 nights and the last morning I woke up itching my back but didn’t think much of it. We flew home, got home late and went right to sleep. 10 hours later I noticed bites on my back in a straight line which I’ve read is the tell-tale sign of bed bugs. I immediately unpacked everything, washed & dried all clothes, and the sheets/blankets on my bed. I ran to the store to get rubbing alcohol, sprayed it on my empty bags, stuffed them in giant ziploc bags, and stored them outside. I also washed the clothes that were sitting on the floor next to our bags. I then vacuumed the whole apartment and sprayed my mattress with alcohol.

    I even opened the windows in my bedroom and turned off the heat in hopes to freeze and bugs overnight (it got down to 36F and I slept in the guest bedroom on the other side of the apartment). We inspected the zippers/folds in our bags and found nothing. I have not seen evidence of bed bugs, other than the bites that I got the last day of our trip. We stored our bags, inside the houseboat, about 25 feet from the bed on the hardwood floor so I’m hoping any bed bugs would not travel that far to be able to be hitchhikers! Have I done everything possible?! Is it possible that I am bed bug free? I’m worried that in the 10 hours of our bags sitting on the bedroom floor that the bugs could have escaped and spread around the apartment. Do PCPs do any preventative treatment for bed bugs? Thanks!!

  • admin

    Hi Jessy,

    You will not necessarily spot adult bed bugs – they are really good at hiding! When you check your bed and bed linen the first thing to look for are blood spots on sheets and the mattress. These occur when a bed bug has had its fill of blood then gets popped because you have squished it! The second thing to look for is small dark brown/black marks – these can be in the folds and creases in the mattress, along the bottom of your headboard, around buttons or handles. If you use a damp cloth to wipe these marks and they smear you definitely have bed bug poo, so bed bugs must be somewhere. Next you could check for bed bug skins which have been cast and bed bug eggs which look like grains of rice and will be attached firmly to the areas mentioned above.

    If you find any of these signs it is important you start treatment ASAP. Read my article How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs – DIY

    Good Luck!

  • jessy

    hello, my and my husband have been getting some bug bites for about a week or 2 now and its definitely when we go to bed! i have checked our mattress and cannot seem to spot any bugs! what could this be? its so frustrating!

  • admin

    Hi Hasan,

    Bed bugs can be a real bugger to get rid of. You say you put all your furniture on your balcony and cleaned the house did you also clean and treat your sofa, bed etc.

    The best thing to do is once again clean EVERYTHING by this I mean your mattress, sofa, bed linen, soft furnishings.

    Launder everything possible at as high a temperature as the fabrics will allow, use the tumble drier on a high setting for anything which cannot be laundered. Anything you don’t need bag up in sealed plastic bags and dispose of it.

    I think your problem has been that using Raid powder you have been no doubt killing the adult bugs but not the eggs so, more bugs are coming out for food. The best and least toxic way to tackle bed bugs at all levels of development is to follow these steps.

    1. Vacuum everything, carpets, mattress, sofa (if your sofa has covers which unzip and come off it might be worth doing this and either laundering or putting in a hot tumble drier) make sure you get into any cracks and crevices in walls and floors. Check all the obscure places you can think of – picture frames, smoke alarms, telephones, electrical sockets etc. Be sure to empty your vacuum as soon as you finish into a plastic bag, seal in and bin it.

    2. Use a good steam cleaner and repeat the whole process (if you don’t want to buy a steam cleaner you can rent one) in a methodical way. Steam is the one thing you can be sure will kill bed bug eggs. Make sure you get one which reached high temperatures quickly.

    3. If you feel the need to you can always use something like fossil shell dust or a non toxic bed bug spray as an added insurance policy.

    This whole process is time consuming and you may still have to carry it out more than once but it does work. Honest!

  • Hasan Ali

    Thanx for sharing. A one month ago one of mine close friend visited my home with his laptop, and he spent an whole night at my place, as the next day I found an bed bug doing jogging at my sofa seat. So I knew that its an bed bug, I wrapped the bugs in tissue and threw away, so I didn’t care much about this. Next week again the same friend visited with his laptop at my house and he spend an whole night at my place, after an few days I feel like something biting me as my whole night went terribble, I didn’t slept whole night, so I have kept my all sofa, my bed, mattress kept at my balcony, and cleaned my whole house I follow these step twice and thrice and sprayed Raid Powder every where at my house. But seem to be nothing working for me, Today its more than one months as I m facing this monster, I tried everything but I didn’t got an rid from this bloody bugs, I spend around 25 bucks on insecticide, nothing working for me. Please help me out with this situation. Sorry my comment went too long.

  • admin

    Hi Yessica,

    Sorry you are having such a rotten time with bed bugs.

    Did the pest control company treat the whole house/apartment?

    If they only did your bedroom I suspect that the bed bugs may have spread to your living room also.

    If you can, get the pest control experts back but if you did not move all the books you mention you have in the bedroom before the treatment there is every possibility that they did not get all the eggs, nymphs and adult bugs.

    You are going to have to totally de-clutter, my only suggestion for the books would be to try wrapping them in sealed plastic bags. Alternatively, they will have to leave the comfort of your books to eat so you might want to put a dusting of fossil shell dust on the floor.

    If I were you I would clear the room (bagging and sealing everything tightly as you go) then vacuum everything, launder everything you can at as high a temperature as you can, then steam clean the whole room using a steam cleaner. You can use a non toxic bed bug spray as well as a sort of insurance policy. I would not stop at the bedroom either, systematically work through the whole house – remember to be extremely careful not to transfer bugs from one room to another.

  • Yessica

    Its been a month that we went for vacation to San Francisco. unfortunetly , me and and my fiance brought stupid bed bug with us. Before that we both have never expericened or seen bed bugs. we couldn’t sleep all night due to the bites all this time we thought that we have some kind of allergies. After 2 weeks i found a small bug running on my blanket. we did research and found that it was a bed bug :(. i brought the RAID same day and sprayed on my bed and we both slept on our living room. we still got bitten by bed bugs. So we got a professional help from a company last thrusday and today is Saturday and we still get a bite .. IS that normal? we have dryied all our cloth amd put in a plastic bags and kept in living room. does it gonna get infected? we have piles of book in our bed room we cannot throw them my fiance need it.. what shud i do with those books?
    Sorry its a long comments but i am so stressed out.. I am a full time student and server.. I am so so worried abt this bed bugs ruining my sleeps..
    thanks plz help me out