How to get rid of bed bugs, its a tricky question. For the lay man I suppose it could be quite problematic. Hence the post with a few tips and tricks to help you keep dreaded Bed Bugs away.
In many South African cultures people think they are creatures of myth or legend. This is simply not true, Bed bugs are real and want to eat you at at night. Bed Bugs are simply very light sensitive and avoid any direct contact with mostly sunlight but hate artificially generated light as well. Bed bugs only feed at night and disappear just before sunrise.
In South Africa the question, how to get rid of Bed Bugs may be asked in B&B’s, hotels or even school or back packer hostels. These establishments house people from different fields of life, many being regular travelers and pick all sorts up from their travels. There is a common misconception that people believe bed bugs live in dirt and dust in your mattress. This is not true, they may thrive even in the most clean sanitary environments.
This how to get rid of bed bugs post provides good hints about Bed Bug prevention however it dos not do the job of a professional Pest Controller. Armature use insecticides simply do mot match up to Professional use chemicals.
How to get rid of bed bugs in most situations.
Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are nocturnal parasitic insects, that means they feed and move around at night. Usually the live around the head boards of beds. They hide away in the creases of mattresses or cracks behind headboards and side tables. These blood suckers are attracted to the heat and carbon dioxide you exhale while you sleep.
- Firstly as before mentioned in my “how to get rid of cockroaches” post, you need to ventilate your room. Make sure windows are opened and you room is ventilated daily. This releases any artificial heat that speeds up their metabolism and allows some sunlight in. Cut away excess foliage if necessary.
- You need to make sure all your bedding in clean and washed at a high temperature, this ensures the eggs of the insects are dead and washed off. The innards of bedding such as pillows and duvet covers should be hung out in the sun to ensure any hidden insects are disposed of. Sun will deter them and force them to look for alternative hiding hopefully not in your bedding.
- Empty dressing tables or linen storage places immediately surrounding your bed and launder any linen as well.
- Lastly, how to get rid of bed bugs will not be complete with out the actual treatment. Buy a good residual insecticide. Over the counter, odorless suspension concentrates will suffice. Mix it and use as directed on the label. Treat your bare mattress, head board, dressing tables, skirting boards and cornish. All wall floor junctions and wall ceiling junctions should be sprayed.
Please note: The tips and tricks in this post, “How to get rid of bed bugs” and those mentioned in: “how to get rid of cockroaches,” do not do the work of a Professional pest control operator.
If you believe you have an active Bed Bug infestation please consult you local Pest Control service like Johannesburg Pest Control. The tips mentioned above will only work on low level Bed Bug infestations and long term control or prevention. Over the counter pesticides do not match up to their professional counterparts.