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Identifying and Preventing Bed Bug Bites.
 
Many people have difficulty identifying bed bug bites and rightly so. Generally, bed bug bites are small, red, and swollen -  which is exactly what bites from mosquitoes, fleas and ants look like. The only difference with bed bugs is the linear pattern of the bites they leave behind.

Bed bug bites are also not characteristically itchy, but they do emit puss when scratched. This is due to the saliva that bed bugs inject into the skin upon biting. The saliva also contains an anticoagulant that numbs the victims from feeling the bite in the first place. Consequently, people do not realize they've been bitten until a day or more afterwards.

The best way to know whether the red bumps on your skin are actually bed bug bites is to find other signs of bed bugs around your home. Though their name indicates their preferred habitat in between the creases of mattresses, bed bugs can live anywhere that is damp and protected. Thus, they can also be found living in sofas, rugs and wooden bed frames. Because of their small size and nocturnal habits, bed bugs can live and thrive anywhere that is dark and shielded from exposure. Wall cracks, corners, and bookshelves are also places that bed bugs can flourish. Remember bed bugs lived with us at one time in caves.

Bed bugs also leave a trail of tell-tale signs wherever they go. Small spots of blood on the bed sheets and sofa covers are likely to be from bed bugs; tiny fecal matter in these areas is also a sign of a bed bug's presence.

If you begin regularly receiving small bites all around your body during the night, it is likely that they are bed bug bites. Consult a physician, as well as an exterminator, as these are your best bet in getting rid of bed bugs in your home once and for all. Speak with one today! you can schedule an appointment today
 
Preventing Bed Bug Bites
 

When it comes to bed bugs or any kind of pest, there is nothing that surpasses effective prevention. Preventative measures against bed bugs work to keep them from flourishing to other parts of the home and to stop them from entering the home in the first place.

There are many ways to avoid bed bugs and prevent bed bug bites:

  • Wash all sheets, bedding, and pillow in hot water or have it dry-cleaned.
  • Encase your mattress in a Safe Rest Mattress Encasement. Which we can provide for you.
  • Move the bed or sofa away from the wall to keep bed bugs from crawling up the wall and onto the furniture.
  • Place double-sided duct tape or sticky solution at the bottom of the bed frame's  legs to prevent the pests from advancing further toward your bed.
  • Keep clothing and afghan blankets away from hanging down towards the floor.
  • Sleep fully clothed, as bed bugs attack exposed skin.
If all else fails, contact your local pest exterminator and receive a professional consult on how to handle your bed bug problem.
 
How to Prevent Bed Bugs
 

When it comes to bed bugs and keeping them away from your home, it can be a frustrating endeavor. Their microscopic size and ability to live just about anywhere under any climate condition makes them a hardy brand of pest that has proven difficult in getting rid of, but at the same time, not entirely impossible.

Some of the most common ways to prevent bed bugs are:

  • Washing the bed sheets frequently - As their name suggests, bed bugs most prefer to live in between the sheets and mattresses where they can easily attack people to feed on human blood and get away unscathed.
  • Sealing mattresses in casings - Bed bugs have no means to penetrate through any kind of material, particularly those that are synthetically produced. Wrapping a Safe Rest casing around the mattress effectively seals them from entering deeper and prevents the creation of a breeding habitat.
  • Vacuuming carpets, rugs, and corners - Bed bugs can live in the corners of rooms where it is dark and damp, so running a vacuum over these places can significantly reduce the likelihood of bed bugs building a habitat.

Other ways you can prevent bed bugs from sharing your home is:

  • Knowing how to identify them - because they are so small and nocturnal, it can be hard to catch them, especially if you're not even sure of what they look like. Identifying them from the get-go can help stave off an infestation early on.
  • Watch what you bring inside - Bed bugs can hitch a ride anywhere on your belongings, including suitcases, coats, and bags brought back from traveling or even while moving. Be sure everything is cleaned and sanitized if you are worried about a bed bug infestation. Avoid putting suitcases on top of the bed.
  • Clean the furniture - Bed bugs and their ability to live just about anywhere are also frequently found in between couches and kitchen table chairs. Sealing them under casings and cleaning them often helps to keep them away. Avoid using antique or used furniture until it has been inspected for bed bugs and eggs.
With these methods and general practice of keeping a clean home, it can be easy keeping bed bugs away from your home. If you're unsure of whether your home can stand the test against a bed bug infestation, call in a professional exterminator today!
 
How to Identify and Treat Bed Bugs Rash
 

The saying is true - don't  let the bed bugs bite! But not because they seriously harm you; it's  because they can create rashes that are annoying and frustrating to deal with.

Unfortunately, identifying a bed bug's rash is not as easy of a task as one might believe. This is because the bed bug bites look exactly like any other bug bites: small, round, and red with a hint of swelling. Sound familiar? Mosquitoes, fleas, ants and lice all ironically bite in a similar fashion, creating nearly the same effect on the human skin - including rashes. This causes many victims to treat a bed bugs rash in the wrong manner.

 

Bed Bugs Rash: Symptoms to Look For
 
Despite the similar symptoms of bed bug bites and other bug bites, there are still a few ways to uniquely identify a bed bug rash:
  • Pattern of multiple bumps. Bed bugs rash develops from bed bugs that bite in a clustered pattern or in a single-file row. Bed bugs also like feeding on the same area more than once, so consistent biting in a select area is definitely a unique trait of bed bug bites.
  • Consistent biting. Not only do bed bugs bite in the same area multiple times, they do it over and over in a given amount of time. If you experience a bug bite anywhere on your body consistently over a few days or weeks, it's worth investigating whether or not it's bed bugs.
  • Delayed swelling. A bed bug's rash only develops once the initial bite starts swelling after a few days. There is no conclusive reason yet on why the delay occurs, but it nevertheless does and bed bug bite victims should prepare for possible infections and inflammations.
  • Biting at night. While many bugs have a penchant for biting during the nights (e.g., mosquitoes), bed bugs are also privy to attacking during sleeping hours. If you regularly find yourself with new bites upon waking up in the morning, it is likely they're from bed bugs.

 

Treatment for Bed Bugs Rash
 
Once you've determined that the rash is indeed a bed bug's rash, it's time for treatment. There are several ways to approach this, with the easiest being simply to wait it out. Most bed bug rashes last only a few days before slowly fading away. However, those who are allergic may need to apply reinforcements in the form of steroid creams and oral antihistamines.
If these do not work, try some do-it-yourself remedies. Apply warm water to the bites for temporary relief of the itching. Calamine lotion, which is also used for relieving poison ivy, helps protect the skin as the bed bugs rash heals. Soak the skin in a powdered oatmeal bath to calm the inflammation. However you decide to remedy a bed bugs rash, be sure to avoid causing further irritation and inflammation, as these will only prolong the existence of the rash.
 
How to Read Bed Bug Symptoms
 

Think you've got a bed bug bite? You are probably not the only one. Homeowners and hotel managers have all taken notice to the recent resurgence of bed bugs in both private and public dwellings. They have been traced back to a number of sources - unwashed sheets, unsanitary living conditions - but the result has always been a suspicious bout of red, itchy dots all over the body. Yet, there are many other bugs and insects that leave the same effects. So how are we supposed to tell?

Bed bug symptoms may not be quite as distinguishable as other types of insect bites, but there are a few tell-tale signs:

  • Small, red, and strategic - These are the classic signs of a bed bug bite. Not only are they relatively similar to mosquito bites, bed bugs also tend to bite in a linear pattern that leaves two to three bites in a convenient little line. Not all bed bugs bite in this manner, but if you find a bite that looks similar to this, it may very well be a bed bug bite.
  • Itchy and swollen - Another bed bug symptom that may be common in other bugs, most bed bugs bites will also leave the unpleasant remnants of itchiness and swelling.
  • Bites in exposed areas at night - The feet, neck, face, and hands are some of the areas most prone to receiving bed bug bites, simply because they remain exposed during sleep. Again, other bugs may also bite, but repeated bites during the night are a good indication that they may be coming from bed bugs.

     

What to do Next
 
If you suspect you have any bed bug symptoms, the first thing you should do is check your surroundings for other signs of bed bugs. Bed bug bites themselves will generally not be harmful or debilitating to your health beyond the minor irritation; the important thing is to check your bedroom and work environment for signs of a bed bug infestation in order to get to the root of the problem. Areas that are humid, unsanitary, or dark are all good places to start. If you're unsure of how to tackle the bed bug problem, contact a pest exterminator to receive further consult.
 
How to Kill Bed Bugs at Home in the U.S.
 

In recent years, the U.S. has experienced a resurgence of bed bug cases after nearly half a century. Although they tend to concentrate around urban areas (New York and Philadelphia in particular), bed bugs have also been spotted in Ohio and New Jersey. The main cause has been attributed to a resistance of common pesticides used against bed bugs, which encourages them to grow and spread, harming humans and pets with their itchy bites.

Homeowners are forever looking for ways on how to kill bed bugs at home without resorting to toxic chemicals like propoxur, which in 2009, was considered the only chemical effective enough to kill bed bugs. The Environmental Protection Agency has yet to approve the use of the chemical indoors, as it has been considered a probable carcinogen and banned since 2007. However, when the situation gets desperate, people will start turning to anything that can help them figure out how to kill bed bugs at home. Here are a few tips on how to get rid of bed bugs without compromising the safety of your home.

 

Heat Control
 
Bed bugs hate the heat. While the heat itself doesn't rid of every single bed bug, it does draw them out from their hiding places for easy identification. Closing the windows and turning up the thermostat to over 90 degrees isn't something some homeowners would subject themselves to (especially during the summer!) but it can be considered a last resort in bed bug control. Concentrating heating lamps as well as steamers over a particular spot can also draw out the bed bugs and even kill most of them on the spot.

 

Furniture Fumigation
 
Despite their name, bed bugs are not partial to beds; they can nest in sofa cushions and pillows, especially between the cracks. While some homeowners would simply prefer to get rid of the infected furniture altogether, some will try fumigating it to see if they can get rid of the bed bugs while salvaging the piece. Fumigation uses pyrethrin, a type of insecticide that can be "bombed" to fog certain areas and kill any pest that comes into contact with it. It does require quite a bit of set up and some hefty expenses to execute, but again, it is another option in pest control against bed bugs.
Ultimately, however, professional pest control agents have the best knowledge on how to kill bed bugs at home, so before initiating an attack plan on your own, consult with a professional to get a solid and well-informed start.
 
ZipZap Pest Control Bed Bug Prevention and Early Detection Methods
 
According to ZipZap, bed bugs have recently been reappearing in North American buildings. Government agencies have also released information on the resurgence of the bed bug in the United States. These parasites provide a challenge to the pest control community, even for qualified extermination companies like ZipZap. Bed bugs are easier to prevent than remove, so education and early detection are the keys to winning the battle against these pesky creatures. The first step is properly identifying the pest using information from a pest control company like ZipZap. Bed bugs resemble both bat bugs and swallow bugs, and can be easily mistaken for one of these insects. If you suspect you have a bed bug issue, do not hesitate to call a professional exterminator and ask for a home inspection. Some clues to look for when searching your home for bed bug activity are dark spots on your mattress and tiny spots of blood on the sheets. Bed bugs also leave behind light brown skins as they molt between each growth stage. Buying used furniture is likely the number one way to end up with bed bugs, says ZipZap. Bed bugs often hide in upholstery, so purchasing items like couches from a yard sale or second-hand store is not recommended. On the ZipZap (often misspelled Zip Zap) website, www.zipzappestcontrol.com, it is suggested that furniture be treated and then thoroughly inspected if you have any reason to believe it was once the site of a bed bug infestation. Hotels and motels are another common bed bug habitat. People that travel frequently must be extra careful to ensure they do not bring home any unwanted pests. Keeping suitcases off the floor or bed and using sealable bags for laundry are two ways to keep bed bugs away from your belongings. Whenever you go into a new hotel or motel room, take the time to inspect the bed for signs of these nasty pests. According to ZipZap, bed bugs can only be exterminated by intensive pest control efforts using the appropriate products. To successfully eliminate all the pests, every hiding site must be inspected and treated. Anything less will likely lead to another stressful and costly infestation. That is why ZipZap and other pest control companies have standard bed bug control plans that require the technicians to be relentless in their pursuit of the elusive pest. Take the time to begin your bed bug treatment with a consultation from a qualified pest control company like ZipZap. Bed bugs can be effectively treated, but not through faulty do-it-yourself techniques. Putting off professional help by wasting time and money on ineffective pest control products will only make complete extermination more difficult. Trust in the expertise of a service like ZipZap - bed bugs won't have a fighting chance.
 
Choosing the Right Bed Bug Control Products
 
If you are dealing with a bed bug infestation, you are likely anxious to find the right bed bug control products. There are many, sometimes too many, different pest control products from which to choose, leaving a homeowner wondering what to do. Bed bug removal is not a quick and easy do-it-yourself pest control process, so finding the right combination of bed bug control products is indeed crucial to your success. This article will guide you through the different types of bed bug control products and have you on your way to a cleaner, healthier, bug-free home in no time.

 

Pesticides and Insecticides
 
When looking for bed bug control products, most people head straight for the pesticides. Do-it-yourself pest control for bed bugs can rarely be accomplished with pesticides alone. The most powerful chemical ingredients have been reserved for professionals only, so what you find on the shelves will not be as effective. It is also important to note that the bulk of generic pesticides found in stores are not made to treat indoor areas, nor are they able to handle the unique problem of bed bugs. Pest control products that are labeled for use on bed bugs will still have to be applied multiple times because the majority of bed bug control products containing insecticides has no effect on the pests' eggs; if eggs hatch after you spray, you will simply have a new bed bug infestation. The bed bug control products with the best track record will contain one of the following insecticides:
  • Pyrethrin, which provides a quick knockdown but little long-term control
  • Synthetic pyrethroid pest control products (cyhalothrin, bifenthrin, deltamethrin and permethrin)
  • Chlorfenapyr (found under the name Phantom)
  • Hydroprene (Gentrol), which causes sterility in adult bed bugs
The following is a list of bed bug control products containing one or more of the above pesticides:
  • D-Force HPX with deltamethrin
  • Demand CS with synthetic pyrethroids
  • CB-80 Pryethrum
  • Gentrol Aerosol
  • Delta Dust with deltamethrin

 

Organic Bed Bug Control Products
 
As people search for greener ways to achieve do-it-yourself pest control, there are some organic pest control products gaining in popularity. The following two items use natural means of extermination to rid a home of unwanted pests including bed bugs.
  • Diatomaceous earth (DE): Made from tiny fossilized water plants, the food grade version of diatomaceous earth has proven itself to be one of the most powerful organic bed bug control products. DE punctures through the bed bugs' exoskeletons and absorbs all the moisture from inside their bodies. The bed bugs dehydrate and their bodies dry out. Diatomaceous earth is easy to use - just sprinkle it onto the infested areas and then vacuum after a few days' time. DE will not harm pets or humans, but it can take a long time for complete bed bug removal.
  • Kleen Free: Another organic pest control product, Kleen Free is a spray that uses a unique combination of enzymes to attack and kill bed bugs. Kleen Free is completely non-toxic and safe to use around kids or pets. This product has been used by hospitals and other large organizations.

 

An Ounce of Prevention
 
There are a few bed bug control products that focus more on prevention and early detection rather than removal. Adding some of these products to your do-it-yourself pest control plan could make this current bed bug infestation your last.
  • Safe Rest Bed Mattress Encasements: This mattress encasement features a three-sided zipper system with a secure seal. It not only keeps future bed bugs from getting into your mattress, but it also keeps the old ones from ever crawling out. Any current bed bug infestation will be suffocated inside the sealed encasement, so there will be no need to fumigate or throw away your mattress. Pillow encasements can be purchased as well.
  • Climbup Insect Interceptor: This device is a simple trap that is placed under the legs of furniture, particularly beds and upholstered pieces. Bugs travel in search of food (you) and will be caught as they attempt to climb onto the beds or other furniture. While not a potent pest control device, this product does help with early detection and catches a few of the bed bugs in the process.
  • GreenClean Dissolvable Laundry Bags: Dissolvable laundry bags have actually been used in the health care industry for more than 30 years, but now they are available to the general public as bed bug control products. Since hotels are a known source for bed bugs, these bags can be used to ensure you do not bring back any unwanted pests from your recent trip. Use these bags while traveling, store your dirty laundry inside and then put the entire bag into the wash when you return home. The bag dissolves in the machine and any stow-a-ways will be killed during the washing process.
 
Stop the Itch with Organic Bed Bug Control
 
Organic bed bug control has become the norm, since most of the insecticides once used for removal of this pest have been banned or discontinued. While there are still a few chemical options available, organic pest control is improving more and more with every passing year. Bed bug removal is a truly natural pest control project, with some of the most successful methods involving very little hard work. Some of the best organic bed bug control methods are things you can do to prevent the pests from ever entering your home. However, having a clean home DOES NOT ensure that you will not have a bed bug infestation one day. Read on to see if you are doing everything you can to keep the bed bugs at bay. Home maintenance projects can provide the barrier you need to keep out bed bugs, as well as other pests. If you follow everything on this honey-do list, then you will be on your way to good green pest control.
  • Vacuum the floors and floor boards
  • Plaster any wall cracks, nail holes, etc.
  • Seal window and door frames with caulking
  • Remove or securely re-paste any loose wallpaper
  • Use the appropriate sealant to repair cracks in your home's foundation
  • Screen your attic and vents to keep out pests that can harbor bed bugs
Most homeowners pick up bed bugs from another place, like a hotel. Some easy and natural pest control ideas to try out involve a little common sense and a few plastic bags:
  • Completely inspect any second-hand items like clothing or upholstered furniture before bringing them into your home
  • Use plastic, sealable bags for your laundry when traveling
  • Put your suitcase into specially ordered, sealable plastic bags - or at least into garbage bags once you enter your hotel room
  • Completely inspect bedding in hotels, motels or any room you use when traveling
Bed bugs are tough pests to kill, still there are some organic bed bug control measures you can take upon yourself to try. Using heat and water in the right combination, along with some interesting green pest control products, could be the answer to your bed bug infestation.Water
  • Wash your linens in hot water (120 degrees F or higher).
  • Launder your clothing in hot water, too.
  • Rent a steam cleaning machine for your carpets. To make this an organic pest control method, use only hot water on your carpeting.
Heat
  • Use a blow dryer on cracks and crevices.
  • Raise the temperature in the house to 122 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Put hard-to-wash items in the dryer on high heat for an entire cycle.
 
Organic Bed Bug Procucts
 
Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an interesting natural pest control product. Made from tiny fossilized water plants, the food grade version of diatomaceous earth has been shown to be a potent organic pest control product. To insects like bed bugs, diatomaceous earth is a lethal dust with microscopic, razor sharp edges. DE punctures through the bed bugs exoskeletons and absorb all the moisture from inside the pests bodies. To use DE, just sprinkle it on the carpets and then vacuum it away, and in a few days the infestation will be gone. Kleen Free is an organic pest control product aimed at the extermination of pests like lice, mites and bed bugs. It uses a combination of enzymes to attack and kill the pest. Kleen Free is completely non-toxic and safe to use around kids or pets. ELFBrands, the maker of Kleen Free spray, says their enzymes leave no toxic residues and the effect on the bed bug's exoskeleton is quick and effective. Bed bugs are a particularly nasty pest, but that doesn't mean you can't beat them with organic pest control products. Using one or more of the natural pest control products, along with some organic bed bug control techniques, might be the right combination for ridding your home of these pests.
 
Bed Bug Control: Stop it Before it Starts
 
Bed bug control is becoming an increasingly important topic with the rise in bed bug infestations over the last several years. Homeowners all over the world are itching and scratching at the very thought of having a bed bug control issue. These pesky and downright tough little bugs provide a real pest removal challenge, even to the seasoned professional. Bed bugs can thrive in an average home, living in tiny cracks, under mattresses, or behind old wallpaper. They feed off of you and your family. Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites, so finding the pests early is a challenge. As with most pest control situations, a good offensive is even better than a good defense. That is certainly the case with bed bug control; learning what you can do to keep your home free of these pests is the best first step you can take.

 

Prevention
 
Keeping bed bugs out of your home is much easier than attempting bed bug removal. There was a time when keeping a clean home was thought to be enough. But now we know that bed bugs can invade even the most pristine of houses in the nicest of neighborhoods. While some of the following prevention methods may seem mundane, every little thing you can do to keep these blood-sucking pests away from your family should be considered worthwhile bed bug control. Bed Bug Control in the Home
  • Vacuum the floors regularly
  • Patch any wall cracks, nail holes, etc with caulking, plaster, or paint. Pay extra attention to window seals and door frames.
  • Remove or re-paste any loose wallpaper
  • Inspect your home's foundation for cracks that need repair
  • Screen your attic and vents to keep pests like birds and bats from tracking in bugs
 
Bed Bug Control Outside of the Home
 
  • Thoroughly inspect any second-hand items, especially upholstered furniture before bringing it into your home.
  • Use sealable bags for your laundry when traveling.
  • Keep suitcases in garbage bags or special sealable bags while in hotel rooms
  • Thoroughly inspect bedding in hotels, dorms, even a guest room.
Bed bug control means understanding the needs and habits of the bed bugs. Remember that these pests prefer to live in spaces that are rough, dry and dark. They like wood and paper the most and can easily fit into nail holes, floor cracks, openings in window sills, behind old wallpaper, and inside a wooden bed frame or mattress.

 

Removal
 
We already know that bed bug control is easier than bed bug removal. If despite your best efforts you find yourself dealing with a bed bug removal issue then there are some solutions you can try. The downright unpleasantness of a bed bug control problem makes most people call in a professional pest removal service. If you prefer the do-it-yourself pest removal route than these next ideas are for you.Bed and Bedding
  • Send your mattress and pillows out to be fumigated
  • Use a product like Delta Dust to kill bed bugs in mattress (follow instructions and warnings carefully)
  • Wash your linens in hot water (120 degrees F or higher) or have them dry cleaned (clothing too)
  • Use special bed bug guards at the foot of your bed
  • Try a blow dryer or a portable steam iron to flush the bugs out
Entire home
  • Raise the temperature in the house to 115 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes
  • Use bed bug control insecticide containing pyrethrin and dust any cracks or crevices you find (follow instructions and warnings carefully)
  • Have carpets steamed by a professional
  • Sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth, an organic pest control product, on carpeting and vacuum in a couple of days
You can see the effort that needs to go into bed bug removal. It is likely the most laborious pest removal project you could ever undertake. Bed bug control and prevention is a more advantageous route and something you can begin today. Make the time investment and keep your family and home free of bed bugs.
 
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Home
 
Before you can learn how to get rid of bed bugs, you have to be willing to admit you have them. Bed bugs are not only found in unsanitary conditions, as most people believe; they can also invade a clean home through a variety of outlets. In recent years, the U.S. has seen an increase in home infestations from bed bugs. Used furniture, items like bedding or clothing that has been in storage, or even a nearby bird nest can help bed bugs find their way into a clean home and cause you an extermination nightmare. It is not certain whether bed bugs transmit any diseases, but even without that possibility, their biting makes them a most unwanted visitor. Hives and swelling from the bug's bite will surely leave a homeowner seeking out answers as to how to kill bed bugs.

 

Bed and Breakfast
 
The reason why bed bugs bite people is because they are hungry and find humans to be a worthy meal. Many do-it-yourself pest control plans involve removing a pest's food source as part of the solution. Since you are the food source, trying that method will not help you figure out how to get rid of bed bugs from your home. If you believe birds, bats or other wildlife are the source of your bed bug infestation, then learning how to remove those creatures is a good place to start your extermination plan. Bed bugs look for areas in your home that are rough, dry, and dark. They prefer wood and paper, and they like to lay eggs in a place where they can firmly attach them with their sticky secretions. Nail holes, floor cracks, openings in window sills, behind old wallpaper, and of course, inside a mattress or the creases of a wooden bed frame are all good living quarters for bed bugs. Extermination methods will have to be thorough since these pests can hide almost anywhere. A full scale attack is needed when learning how to get rid of bed bugs.
 
Quit Bugging Me!
 
It is much easier to prevent bed bugs than to remove them. But if you have an infestation, you will certainly want to know how to kill bed bugs quickly and efficiently. Hopefully you know where the pests are nesting or can at least narrow it down to a few rooms, making your do-it-yourself pest control adventure a more targeted attack. Depending upon your particular infestation situation, the following ideas will help you figure out how to get rid of bed bugs:
  • Send your mattress and pillows out to be fumigated
  • Wash your linens in hot water or have them dry cleaned
  • Heat the areas of infestation, possibly the entire house, to 122 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 30 minutes
  • Use an insecticide containing pyrethrin dust in any cracks or crevices (follow instructions and warnings carefully)
  • Seal infested items like stuffed toys in a plastic bag
  • Use hot steam on carpeting
  • Try DE, food-grade diatomaceous earth, an organic pest control product
  • Call a pest exterminator

 

Good Riddance
 
Using a combination of the aforementioned do-it-yourself pest control ideas will eventually have your home free of bed bugs. Since you went to all of that trouble, possibly weeks of effort, to discover how to effectively get rid of bed bugs, you will naturally want to know what to do to keep them from returning. Follow this next list of tips to prevent another bed bug infestation from taking hold of your home.
  • Vacuum the floors regularly
  • Patch any wall cracks, nail holes, etc., with caulking, plaster or paint. Pay extra attention to window seals and door frames.
  • Remove or re-paste any loose wallpaper
  • Inspect your home's foundation for cracks that need repair
  • Screen your attic and vents to keep pests like birds and bats from tracking in bugs
  • Thoroughly inspect any second-hand items, especially upholstered furniture, before bringing it into your home
It is very difficult to learn how to get rid of bed bugs using do-it-yourself pest control. More than one tactic will be needed, along with patience and perseverance. If you choose to go with professional extermination, be sure to listen to any prevention or home maintenance advice the pest control technician may give. It will all be worth the effort if it helps you drive these creepy critters away.
 
How to Kill Bed Bugs in a Mattress
 

More than any other spot in a home, bed bugs are most frequently found in our bedding, particularly in between mattresses. There are a number of reasons why they choose to live here: one, it's dark with plenty of unexposed crevices; two, it's close to their favorite prey - you. If you're wondering how to kill bed bugs in a mattress, take these steps.

 

1. Vacuuming
 
Using a tube-shaped attachment, run a vacuum across the surface of the mattress while clamping the nozzle tightly. This should lift the bed bugs and their eggs from the tight spaces (not to mention any dirt and accumulated dust) to get a bug-free mattress. Use an even thinner nozzle to scrape away at the corners while blasting the power level at its highest. Make sure to be as thorough as possible, as bed bugs can very easily conceal themselves with the seams and tufts. Because they tend to hide in all the tiny spots you never see, a vacuum is one of the few tools with the power to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress.
 
2. Diatomaceous Earth
 
A well-known option in terms of methods on how to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress, diatomaceous earth is a common pest control method in getting rid of many types of pests.

Diatomaceous earth is composed of ground silica, a sand-like powder that punctures the exoskeleton of bed bugs, causing them to lose the blood that sustains their energy. This is why small bloody spots are often left in areas where bed bugs were present. The best thing about diatomaceous earth is that it's natural and free of any harmful qualities, meaning it's perfectly safe to apply to your mattress.

 

3. Safe Rest Mattress Covers
 
Bed bugs needs to have flexibility in movement, which can't be done if there is a plastic sheet covering their entry points. Placing a tight-fitting plastic sheet over the bed has been another common answer to how to kill bed bugs in a mattress. It's also a better long-term solution for those looking for a permanent way of how to get rid of bed bugs.
 
Bed Bugs: Avoiding Unwelcome Traveling Companions
 
A lot of people have a stereotype that bed bugs exist only in sleazy motels. Sure, that's one way of getting them. But the fact is, you can get bed bugs by staying in any hotel, motel or inn -- even four-star ones. Why? Because travelers unknowingly bring them in along with their luggage, clothing or other items they carry. Hotels that conduct a high volume of business can be especially susceptible to having bed bugs. And people who travel a lot can be vulnerable to having bed bugs as traveling companions.
 
How to Avoid Bed Bugs as Traveling Companions
 
Once you bring them into your home, bed bugs are difficult to get rid of. You can avoid bringing bed bugs home, though, by following a few simple guidelines:1. Check Your Prospective Hotel OnlineBed bugs were on the point of being extinct in the United States, but have since made a comeback. And because bed bugs have become such a problem, travelers have been commenting about their bed bug experiences online. Special websites even exist where you can identify the hotels in which you stayed that had them. So research your prospective hotel to see if anyone has reported bed bug problems there. However, just because you find a report that the hotel had bed bugs doesn't mean the problem still exists. The management might already have eliminated the bed bugs.2. Know What Bed Bugs Look LikeBed bugs are nocturnal insects that feed on the blood of people and other warm-blooded animals. You can see bed bugs easily. A fully grown one is around 1/4 -inch long -- roughly the size of an apple seed -- and resembles a flat oval. Bed bugs that haven't eaten look rusty-red; bed bugs that have eaten look brighter red.3. Check Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs As soon as you get in your hotel room, check for bed bugs. You should look for:
  • Live crawling bed bugs -- If you disturb live bed bugs, they'll scurry for dark places.
  • Discarded bed bug skins -- Bed bugs shed their skins. So look for discarded skins. Seeing them, though, doesn't mean management hasn't already eliminated the bed bugs. The skins merely indicate that bed bugs were in the room once, but also might still be there.
  • Droppings -- Look for small dark specks that could be bed bug droppings.
  • Specks of blood -- Look for specks of blood on sheets and pillow cases that indicate bed bugs fed on previous guests.Bed bugs like to hang out in certain places on or near the bed, so be sure to examine the sheets and pillows. Pull back the sheets and check the mattress, especially the seams, and behind the mattress tag. Also look under the mattress pad. Finally, examine the inside edges of the drawers of the night tables, along the wall boards, and behind picture frames.
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How to Avoid Taking Bed Bugs Home with You
 
  • Even if you find bed bugs in your room, you can avoid taking them home with you by doing three things:
    • First, leave your luggage in the entryway until after you do your bed bug check.
    • Second, bed bugs can be on the floor. So keep your luggage, clothes and shoes off the floor -- preferably on the luggage stand.
    • Third, inspect your clothes and other items carefully for bed bugs when you re-pack your suitcase to leave.

    What to Do If You Discover Bed Bugs

     

    If you discover bed bugs, change rooms. Remember, though, that the new room might have bed bugs, too. So perform a bed bug check in that room as well. Also, tell the management about the bed bugs - they won't want them around either. After all, bed bugs are bad for business. If they don't offer, ask them to wash and dry your clothing. You might even be able to get a discount on the room as well.
 
How to Kill Bed Bugs Naturally
 

Homeowners usually don't think of natural ways to get rid of bed bugs, but there's a good reason why you should consider it the next time you're faced with these sleep invaders.

For one, it's also where you sleep, so spray pesticides and harsh chemicals are out of the question if you want to keep your mattress intact for a good night's sleep. Second, these are not the best ways to get rid of bed bugs anyway. Read on to learn more about how to kill bed bugs naturally and with minimal effort (for the most part).

 

 
Keep Your Home Clean
 
Although unsanitary conditions aren't the only thing causing bed bugs to flock to your mattress, they certainly don't help. Keeping your home consistently clean by vacuuming, wiping down the dust, doing the laundry, and free of clutter actually keeps several types of pests at bay, not just bed bugs.

In the specific case of bed bugs, wash the bed sheets frequently, including the pillow cases and bed skirt. Or, change them out often with new, clean sheets that have been washed at least once since its purchase.

Unfortunately, bed bugs are not partial to mattresses; they have been just as widely found in sofas, cushions, and essentially anything covered in fabric. For the things where washing is either impossible or too labor-intensive, vacuum them down with a nozzle head attached to a high-powered vacuum (even better if it's the kind specialized for fabric). Then consider following the next step: covering it in a plastic sheath.

 

Cover It All in Plastic
 
 
This next tip takes the fewest number of steps to get rid of bed bugs permanently. Although bed bugs are able to penetrate through most types of fabric, plastic is one material that they cannot pierce through. In the event that you find bed bugs around your bed or living room furniture, purchase a plastic cover to permanently seal bed bug entry to the surface. Of course, this should be done after an existing infestation has been cleaned out as a preventative measure. Eventually, the bed bugs will realize there is a dead end and either die or move on.

 

Out with the Old, in with the New
 
This last tip is probably the easiest in terms of how to get rid of bed bugs, but to put it simply, throw out whatever has been infested and get new stuff to replace it. It can be expensive and it may not even get rid of the bed bugs entirely if the issue is stemming from overall uncleanliness in the home. But if this isn't the case and you're not into the idea of sleeping on a layer of plastic, save yourself the trouble and buy a new mattress, sofa, or whatever you need to ensure in the fullest sense possible that the bed bugs are gone.
For more assistance on how to kill bed bugs naturally, contact a professional pest exterminator who may help you get a better idea on natural pest control methods against bed bugs.
 
How Do You Get Bed Bugs
 

Bed bugs have become an epidemic of late, which is leaving many people wondering, "How do you get bed bugs?" and if you get them, "How do you get rid of bed bugs?" Let's start with the basics:

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on the blood of humans while they are asleep. Bed bugs are generally reddish-brown, oval in shape, wingless and flattened, and tend to burrow within mattresses, curtains, sofas and other cloth items within the home. These parasites leave red marks on their victims at the site where the blood was drawn. This may develop into a rash or sore as time goes on.

If you have any signs of bed bug bites on your body (the ankles are a common place for bed bugs to bite), you may want to check your mattress for these tiny parasites. Dried blood is a telltale sign, as are molts of these bugs. However, these bugs can be quite elusive and they may be difficult for the untrained eye to detect.

So how do you get bed bugs? Bed bugs can come into a home in a variety of different ways:

  • Bed bugs and their eggs can "hitchhike" into your home on luggage, pets and even clothing that has come In contact with these parasites
  • Bed bugs may live in areas near your home and could migrate their to find a blood meal
  • Wild animals may drop the bed bugs or their eggs onto your home or in your yard. The bed bugs can then be picked up by a shoe or a pet and brought into the home.
Protect your home from bed bugs that will find their way into your carpet, sheets and laundry. It is imperative that you check your home regularly for bed bugs, as to avoid bed bug bites and the complications that may arise from them.
 
What are Bed Bugs
 

As their name indicates, bed bugs are, indeed, insects with a penchant for taking up living quarters in the mattress and sheets of humans. Strictly speaking, however, bed bugs are parasites that live off the blood of mammals, particularly humans. The term 'bed bugs' was derived from their preference of living and breeding in the mattresses of humans, while using it as a base to do most of their feeding at night.

Scientifically, they are known as Cimex lectularius, a category that effectively places them with all parasites that feed on warm-blooded mammals. They are nocturnal and capable of numbing the bites done onto their hosts. They have been known colloquially by several names, including wall louse, crimson rambler, and redcoat for their hard, small, flat and reddish-brown exterior. They also lack wings and have a tendency to shed their skin, which is often used as evidence to track down their habitat.

What ar Bed Bugs?: Effects of Bed Bugs on You and Your Home
 
Bed bugs can leave a number of effects on you and your home:

On people:

  • Bites. Bed bug bites are not particularly harmful, but they do leave annoying red swells all over the body that can be itchy.
  • Sanitation. Bed bugs are still bugs that carry tons of bacteria with them.
  • Possible spread of disease. This has yet to be concretely proven, so it remains a possibility.

On the home:

  • Mattress and sheet infestation. Seeing how these are their favorite areas of habitation, mattresses and sheets will quickly become useless when bed bugs are around.
  • Furniture degradation. Bed bugs can also live in between sofa cushion and pillows.

 

 
Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!
 
The famous bedtime farewell may have said it in jest, but it is quite accurate in suggesting that bed bug bites need to be prevented by humans at all costs. Though they have not been proven to spread disease or cause an irreparable amount of furniture damage as other insects, bed bugs are nevertheless a nuisance that should be eliminated immediately from the home.
When the temperature rises, bed bugs can become more active in their feeding and breed continuously. This is why the spring is one of the best times to check for bed bugs around your bedroom and home, and if found, have them terminated. Hire a professional pest exterminator and get started today!
 
Home Remedies for Bed Bugs
 

A recent resurgence of bed bug infestations in the United States has made bed bug prevention and eradication a hot topic. These small blood-sucking insects became virtually non-existent during the 1960s, but globalization and a reduced use of pesticides have led to a 70% increase in bed bug infestations in homes and hotels in certain areas of the country. If you suspect a bed bug infestation in your home, try a few simple trips and tricks to help you sleep easier:

  • Vacuuming and cleaning are simple tasks that can lead to big results. Simply keeping the home clean helps keep bed bugs away. Pay special attention to the cleanliness of bedrooms, as bed bugs tend to nest in these areas by nature.
  • If vacuuming and cleaning isn't deterring the bed bugs, you may want to try steam cleaning. The extreme heat produced by steam cleaning will kill bed bugs and their eggs quickly and effectively.
  • Leave your mattress and other infested items outside to face extreme cold or heat, which will kill the bed bugs or drive them to seek more temperate environments elsewhere.
  • Using a mattress cover is a great way to make sure the bed bugs don't bite! Though bed bugs can live up to one year without blood, the mattress cover acts as a barrier between you and these tiny parasites.
  • If you are looking for a more natural approach, sprinkle diatomaceous soil on the mattress and around infested items. This specific type of soil is comprised of tiny jagged edges that kill off insects, but does not hard humans or pets.
  • To prevent bed bugs from crawling onto the bed from other areas in your home, move the bed away from the wall, making sure that no sheets or blankets are coming in contact with the floor. Place the legs of the bed into dishes of mineral oil to deter the bed bugs from crawling onto the mattress.
  • Signs of an infestation include dead bed bugs, blood spots, and cast bug skins. If you detect any of these indications, and have tried several home remedies, you may want to dispose of the mattress.

These home remedies are effective in helping many decrease the bed bugs in their home. Every home is different and the size of bed bug infestation may vary, so try several of these remedies before giving up on a good night's sleep.

 

Bed Bugs Are the Ultimate Nightmare
 
Bed bug infestations can sometimes go unnoticed for months and even years because these small parasites are particularly adept at hiding and burrowing deep within mattresses. The bugs emerge at night to feed on the host, leaving small, red sores that may become infected.
 
Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

 

  • Bed bug bites can cause itchiness, redness, and sores
  • Bed bugs suck a host's blood for five minutes at a time
  • Bed bugs can live up to a year without a blood meal
  • Female bed bugs lay up to twelve eggs every day
The Challenge in Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
 

No matter how much experience some homeowners have in getting rid of pests, there is nothing quite like getting rid of bed bugs. Miniscule and parasitic, bed bugs are also known as "redcoats" - bloodthirsty insects that are red in color and unrelenting in their nightly attacks. And with their ability to lay eggs and spread all over the house, it may seem near impossible to get rid of these pests completely.

In fact, bed bugs can be thoroughly eliminated if one is aware of the bed bugs' origins and where they've set up camp in the home. Bed bugs, though small, are prone to leaving clues that trace back to their home base. Some of these clues may comprise of shedding, dried blood spots, and even feces. They also prefer living in dark, confined spaces that keep them isolated and thus, protected. Corners, sofa cushions, and naturally, bed mattresses, have been some of the common locations for bed bugs.

The real challenge in getting rid of bed bugs is to be fully assured of their complete elimination. Due to their small size and ever-multiplying population, however, it can be impossible to tell whether you've successfully gotten rid of all the bed bugs in your home. While no one can ever provide that assurance, you can do your best by taking important steps in cutting off bed bugs from your home:

  • Get rid of old furniture, especially ones with cushions that bed bugs can thrive in
  • Wash or dry clean all rugs, pillow cases, sheets, and fabrics in your home
  • Seal corners and cracks where bed bugs linger
  • Cover mattresses with a plastic sealing sheet
  • Keep your home clean!
Once these precautions have been taken, you should start seeing immediate results. If, however, you sense that bed bugs are still around, it may be time to call in the pros. Professional pest control agents often possess a better understanding of bed bugs and their habits, as well as proven methods for getting rid of them permanently. To gain a better understanding on how to get rid of bed bugs, get in touch with a local pest exterminator in your area.
 
How to Kill Bed Bugs
 

Bed bugs are an incredible nuisance that disgust and repel homeowners everywhere. And rightly so - the small, parasitic bugs can infiltrate every corner and crevice of the home to feed and multiply prolifically. People, pets, and furniture are not immune to attacks by bed bugs, which is why knowing how to kill bed bugs can create a healthier home environment for all of its residents.

Killing individual bed bugs is not so difficult. Due to their near microscopic size and exoskeleton body frame, one can squish a single bed bug easily with the pressure of a thumb. However, this does not mean that you have successfully gotten rid of the bigger bed bug problem. Bed bugs enter homes for a few reasons:

  • Food source from the blood of sleeping humans and pets
  • Old, non-refurbished furniture
  • Luggage or other items from foreign travel
  • Unsanitary living conditions

Once bed bugs decide to stay in your home, it can seem impossible to get rid of them completely. But knowing how to kill bed bugs (ALL bed bugs) takes good strategizing and patience. The important thing to remember is that bed bugs can be killed and rid of permanently.

 

Methods on Killing Bed Bugs
 
Bed bugs are repelled by a few things: extreme temperatures and pesticides. Exposing bed bugs to these conditions in any form will be effective in getting rid of bed bugs.

If you've found bed bugs around your bed sheets or curtains, wash the fabric in scalding hot water and dry them under the sun or through an intense heat dryer. This will get rid of the existing bed bugs and their larvae. If there are bed bugs around the furniture or hiding in the corners, release pesticides bombs or steam vacuum the area to get rid of all traces of bed bugs.

When it comes to killing bed bugs, it doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming, but it does need to be thorough and complete. If you need more advice and information on pest control and how to get rid of bed bugs, contact a local pest exterminator to get started on living in a bed bug-free home.

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