Tips On How To Deal With Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are very small insects in the family Cimicidae. They are also called “coincidence bugs” because they tend to infest houses and apartments at the same time. They are found in all fifty states in the United States and also in parts of Europe. Bed bugs were first brought to the attention of the scientific community in the early nineteen hundreds by a student in Harvard University.
Bed bugs are small insects from the family Cimicidae that feed on human blood usually in the night. Their eggs are coated in cholesterol and when the adult insects emerge they look like miniature ticks or leeches. Their bites can cause a variety of health effects including allergic reactions, rashes, and skin irritations. Bed bug infestations can cause skin lesions ranging from mild redness to major blistering.
Bed bug infestations can be located in many areas that are commonly utilized for sleeping such as beds, furniture, cracks in the wall and floors. Bed bugs can hide in cracks in the walls, furniture, and mattresses. They can also hide in folds in the carpet or in the fringes of bedding. They are small enough to not be seen with the naked eye. They are often found in cracks in basement walls and under the mattress.
Tufts of fabric or the metal baseboards on the floor of a home provide the bed bugs with an entry point into a home. Cracks in the floor are an ideal place for them to breed as they create a baseboard for them to feed on while they sleep at night. Check around the exterior of the baseboards on the floor of your home for these little pests. You may find them in crevices around door frames and in crevices under furniture.
If you are having trouble finding bed bugs in your home, an insecticide spray will help find these bugs. These insecticide aerosol sprays work from above by releasing fine droplets of an insecticide into hiding places. It will then create a chemical reaction that destroys these pests.
Bed bug inspection of mattresses, pillow cases, upholstered furniture, cracks in wood, baseboards, and other areas can be done by using an electronic pest detection device. The technician will detect the presence of these pesky insects by applying a special liquid onto the surface of the fabric or upholstery. This liquid will attract the bugs on contact. Some fabrics are easier to detect than others, so it is important to thoroughly rub the areas where bed bugs may be living. When the technician detects the presence of bed bugs he/she can remove them with an alcohol wipe. The wipes are also great for cleaning upholstery, upholstered furniture, and any other suspected bed bug locations.
If you have picture frames or upholstered furniture in the bedroom, you need to check these areas as well. Often people think they cannot locate bed bugs because the picture frames are not upholstered, but sometimes a crevice along the baseboard will harbor these critters. A simple tip for finding bugs in your picture frames is to gently scrape away any loose dirt, hair, or pet hair and then vacuum the crevice with a vacuum cleaner head that is specifically designed to pick up bed bugs.
If you find bed bugs in your mattress or upholstery, it is best to throw the mattress, upholstery, or both immediately and replace the furniture within a month. You can also use an insecticide spray directly on the hiding places. A general tip for vacuuming: do not pick up debris from your furniture or bed frame unless it is absolutely necessary. Also, make sure you don’t wear tight fitting hats and socks that cover your whole body; this can trap dust and hair in your clothing and provide an ideal hiding place for bed bugs to reproduce. These tips can help you quickly and effectively get rid of any bed bugs that are hiding in your mattress or furniture.