It’s hard to think of anything more annoying and unpleasant than tiny little insects that suck your blood while you’re sleeping, and that’s what bedbugs are. Because people today are traveling more than ever, and for environmental reasons the use of strong pesticides has declined, bed bugs are once again on the rise in many places.
These little critters may be extremely hard to exterminate, although it can be done. Here are some effective tips on how to avoid getting bedbugs in the first place and how to get rid of bedbugs if you have an infestation.
There are certain things you should not do when you have, or suspect you have bedbugs. Many people panic when they first discover they have bedbugs. Don’t do this, try to remain calm. Another mistake people make is to grab the nearest can of insecticide and start spraying or set off pesticide foggers. The chemicals found in these types of products could potentially be harmful to pets and small kids and the spray could cause the bedbugs to hide.
You could be making the problem worse and spreading the problem to other areas of your home. Another thing is these insecticides are not meant to be used on bedding, clothing and mattresses, who knows what other problems using such products could cause? Are you still planning on using a bedbug spray? If so be sure to read the directions on the can. Spray in cracks and other small spaces, where the little critters love to hide.
Certain natural substances can actually completely destroy and repel bed bug infestations.
Typically used in aromatherapy, lavender oil is one such repellent. To keep the bedbugs away, use lavender, which many people like the smell of. You should use this while you are ironing or rinsing your laundry. The easiest way is to put a little lavender oil into a spray bottle with water. Lavender based body lotions are ideal for using on your skin opposed to concentrated essential oils.
Keep in mind, though, that these measures won’t actually kill bedbugs, so they won’t be enough to get rid of a serious infestation, but they can help to keep them away from you while you’re taking other steps.
Despite the popular belief that bedbugs can only be found in a bed, this is a false impression given by virtue of their name. Almost any part of a person’s home may provide living space for these tiny creatures. These bugs are actually looking for you, not your furniture or a crevice to live in.
Where do bed bugs live?
Bedbugs can live virtually anywhere, including your carpet, in your clothes, and even your closet. In order to find them, you must thoroughly inspect every possible hiding place in your home. These bugs can hide in any woodwork, a dresser, and even a nightstand. You must check everywhere because these creatures are not picky about where they reside.
The small size of bedbugs is misleading as they are one of the most difficult pests to deal with because of their hardy nature. If you make a concerted effort to get rid of them, you can eliminate them from your home once and for all. The above measures can be helpful in eliminating these pests, but in some cases a professional grade bed bug control treatment which is 100% safe and anyone can afford is the only acceptable and proven effective solution.
However, do your own research when considering bed bug extermination to see if the materials used are indeed safe. Any exterminator will tell you they’re safe just to get your business. Also, beware of monthly, recurring billing as apparently that’s the hot item for pest control companies these days as well, charging you on a perpetual basis when it’s not necessary or cost-effective to do so.