If you have noticed a bed bug in your house, it means that you have to take urgent and immediate measures. There is no time to tolerate them or wait for the right moment to eliminate bed bugs. Never expect the bed bugs to disappear by themselves. Every day their number will grow and your night sleep will rapidly turn into a nightmare because of multiple bed bug bites.
Bed bug eradication at home requires a lot of your efforts, but it is almost always quite fast. With the help of modern insecticides the whole bed bug removal procedure may take one day, during which no one should be inside the infested house or apartment. But before you get rid of bed bugs at your place, make sure that you neighbors don’t have them, because new bugs can easily move to your home from your neighbors.
Bed Bug Removal
The range of bed bugs removal methods is quite wide. They are divided into several groups:
- folk (traditional);
- specialized services help.
How to remove bed bugs from home depends on your financial situation, your preferences and the number of bed bugs in your apartment.
The last option – help of a disinsector – is the most expensive, but you can be sure to get the needed result and to stop bed bugs invasion into your house. Chemical methods are effective for bed bug elimination but you should be very careful, as chemicals are toxic not only for the insects, but also for pets and humans. Physical methods are sometimes difficult to conduct or almost impossible to carry out on the whole infested territory. Folk methods are not always effective.
How To Get Rid Of Bugs Using Chemicals?
If you have decided to eradicate bed bugs with the help of chemical means, remember the following rules:
- use rubber gloves and a gauze bandage to protect your hands and respiratory tract from chemicals, as they are toxic not only for the bugs;
- wear clothes that cover the most of your skin;
- cover your head as well;
- after the eliminating procedure it is necessary to leave the apartment, take a shower and change the clothes.
There are a lot of different chemical means of removing bed bugs. They can be in a form of sprays, powders, solutions and other forms. The active substances in most of them are dichlorvos, various pyrethroids and organophosphates. The latter are very effective and lose their toxicity very quickly, making it possible to live in the treated place in a day or two after the removal procedure.
Folk Remedies For Bedbugs
Among the methods of bed bugs extermination there is a considerable number of those who were used by our ancestors even before the production of synthetic insecticides.
The best known are turpentine, kerosene, methylated spirits, cresol and vinegar. Each of them in pure form or in a complex solution for bed bugs can be applied to infected areas daily over a long period of time.
For treatment of fabric surfaces you can use denatured alcohol, pure ethanol or acetic acid (vinegar). In any case, you will have to leave your apartment for at least 6-8 hours.
Another “fragrant”, but less effective way to remove bed bugs is the use of herbs such as wormwood and tansy. It is believed that their smell repels unwanted tenants. But it does not kill them and does not prevent them from mating. That is why using herbs is not effective.
Bed bugs may exist in a fairly wide range of temperatures. These parasites are quite resistant to low temperatures, withstanding a short-term exposure to subzero temperatures. However, if the invasion of bedbugs happens in winter, you can leave outside the individual pieces of furniture and some things for a day. Temperature below -15°C will kill the bugs.
Heating allows to destroy bed bugs much faster, but not everything that is in the apartment can be treated with high temperatures more than +50°C. Nevertheless, most of the furniture can be exposed to dry heat or steam, and such a treatment is now considered the most effective. Professional disinsectors use industrial dryers, steam generators and special reflectors. Temperature impact of +100°C during 40-60 minutes destroys even bed bugs eggs.
Help Of Specialized Services
Usually it takes specialized services one day to fully remove bed bugs, regardless of the size of the treated area. One disadvantage of this method is that no one should be in the house or apartment for usually 6-7 hours.
Now you know what to do when you have bed bugs. Half the battle in bed bugs removal is speed and totality. The earlier you start killing the insects, the sooner you will be no longer disturbed. Therefore, be attentive to any unexpected bites at night and if you suspect bed bugs, take actions as soon as possible.