What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are insects from the class Cimex that feed on human blood, usually at night while you are sleeping. Skin rashes, psychological impact, and allergic symptoms can be the results of the bites of bed bugs. Bed bug bites can cause skin changes ranging from invisible to small areas of redness to prominent blisters.
Can we see bed bugs with our naked eye?
Adult bedbugs are no doubt very visible to the human eye, as an adult bedbug is of the size of an apple seed, although some of us may need to put on our prescription glasses. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, which is about 5 to 7 millimeters or 1/3 or 1/4 inches long.
How I come to know that I have bedbugs?
Besides having effects on your skin and body, other signs are:
- Blood marks on your bedsheets or pillowcases, if they do not hide the blood color.
- Dark and spots of bedbug fecal on bedsheets and covers of pillows, other bed clothes, and walls.
- Bedbug fecal spots, egg shells, or shed skins in areas where bedbugs are hiding.
- An offensive, musty smell from the scent glands of bugs.
What is the main carrier of bedbugs, how they spread?
One of the main causes of bedbugs infestation is traveling. Often without knowing, bed bugs will hitchhike on people, clothing, luggage, or other personal belongings and be transported to other properties and then they start laying egg and spread within weeks and month.
How to get rid of bedbugs?
Home is a place where one feels relaxed and comfortable after tiresome day out there. If you have bedbugs in your bedroom, you are familiar with the irritation and disturbance they cause in sense of sleeping at night and hitching in day time. Bedbugs are smart enough to hide in the crevices and keep out of daylight. They can also cause infection on your skin, meaning they are the pests you should not underestimate. Everyone wants to get rid of these irritating pests, but how?
This how is answered in this article in many ways. Luckily we can be even smarter as nature and science give us many ways to control and get rid of bedbugs at our home. We just need to learn what to do, as we in this danger world love to find simple ways to keep ourselves safe and sound and health, especially when it comes to taking care of bloodsucking parasites. So, let us discuss some useful methods of getting rid of these small but irritating bugs.
- Steam away the bugs
- Target the bugs with your hair dryer
- Apply double sided tape
- Dry your clothes on high heat
- Use of some silica gel
- Keep your laundry in plastic bags
- Make a trap using dry ice
- Cook a home-made vinegar spray
- Mix cayenne pepper, oregano and ginger
- Use essential oils to make an insecticide spray
- TRY caulk around your house
- Use black walnut tea
Steam away the bugs
According to Virginia tech’s entomology department, releasing steam around the house can help in taking care of bedbugs and all other kinds of bugs in the house. Steam assists to coax the bugs out of hiding spaces in beds, wall-pictures, side tables and carpets. At high enough temperature, steam can even be lethal to bedbugs.
Target the bugs with your hair dryer
As mentioned above that heat can is helpful in killing bedbugs. If steam is not your cup of tea, set your hair dryer on high and find the eggs. Bedbugs do not move their eggs around, so it is easy to kill them off slowly, that does not impact people’s allergies as other treatments can.
Apply double-sided tape
Find the bedbugs line of travel and apply double sided tape. The bugs will be stuck to the tape, and eventually without drinking blood bedbugs will die off, or you can smash them easily. However, make sure to regularly replace the tape.
Dry your clothes on high heat
Even if your clothes are brand new from the store, make sure to wash them and dry on high heat as soon as possible. This can help kill bedbugs hiding in your clothes that can also be transferred to other part in the room which then will be difficult to remove from. Try to make sure do this task regularly with all of your clothes.
Sprinkle some silica gel
Do you know that little packets of silica gel that come within shoes box, some foods and clothes can be used as bedbug desiccant? According to a research, the gel can assist in absorbing lipids from bedbug’s cuticle, that causes bedbugs to dehydrate and dry out
Keep your laundry in plastic bags
If you normally use a laundromat to clean your clothes, make sure to use the sealed plastic bags to move them back and forth. Added to that, keeping your clothes in plastic bags while at home can prevent bedbugs from getting into them.
Make a trap using dry ice
According to researchers from Rutgers university, dry ice can kill bedbugs by releasing carbon dioxide which attract the insects. You can make a trap by filling an insulated jug with the dry ice and lightly surrounding the base with talc powder, which helps to trap them inside
Make a Home-made vinegar spray
Vinegar contains the acetic acid that hurts the nervous system of insects, Therefore, vinegar spray can be used to get rid of bedbugs. Fill an empty spray gun with white vinegar and spray the bugs directly. Added to that soak infested areas, and areas where pests can easily enter your home with white vinegar.
Mix cayenne pepper, oregano and ginger
Another spray you can make involve various items you might already have in your spice rack. Mix cayenne pepper, oregano and ginger with water and put it in a spray bottle and target the affected areas. Oregano’s strong scent combined with the spiciness of cayenne pepper and ginger will ward out the bedbugs.
Use essential oils to make an insecticide spray
According to a study from entomological society of America, two oil based products bedbug patrol and Eco Raider killed 90% of bugs in a trial. These natural products contain oils like geraniol, rosemary oil, mint oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil eugenol, clove oil and lemongrass oil. If you want to make spray, mix lavender oil and peppermint oil into water and put it into a spray bottle.
Use caulk around your house
As bedbugs tends to sneak into your house in order to infest your house. They sneak through cracks and openings in doors, windows and even walls. Taking away their free pass into your home can prevent them even from entering in the first place. Find opening around your house especially by tracking where the bedbugs end up and add caulk.
Use black walnut tea
Black walnut tea can help take care of bugs with the component called juglone and you do not even need to drink it. You will need to get some used tea bags and place them around your house where they can help kill bugs and their eggs. Alternatively, can fill a spray bottle with the tea and just like recommended with the vinegar.
There are many other ways of getting rid of bedbugs too. One of the experienced one is putting your matric, bedsheets, pillow covers, blankets under shining sun. if it is the season of summer and sunshine then just get your infested things and bring them under the sunlight, and wait for a while. You will see that bedbugs get out of corners and as soon as they come into contact with sunlight, they dry out in few seconds.
One can also use harris bedbug products to kill bedbugs, just fill the spray bottle with harris liquid and spray it in every bugs infested areas. Let the spray dry out and then fill the powder in spray gun and spray powder, this will keep bugs away in future as well