Bed Bug Pest Control
Summary: Bed bug pest control requires a thorough examination and a willingness to do backbreaking work. Then, the determination to do it all over again in ten days and once again ten days later.
Anyone can do a bed bug pest control treatment. There's no magic. It just requires a thorough examination of all furniture and belongings, a good flashlight, some tools to open electric plug covers, a clear understanding of what all the stages of the bed bug look like, some products that will kill the darned things and a willingness to repeat the process until you no longer see a single, solitary bug. If that sounds like an easy task, read on. Otherwise, pick up the phone and plunk down your money for a professional pest control treatment.
I want to tell you that you don't need to buy heavy-duty poisons to kill bed bugs. In fact, there are lots of non-toxic products that kill bed bugs on contact and they are all available on the internet. One product we like is sold by Ginesis Natural Products. You mix the product with water and treat all surfaces. You can even treat sleeping surfaces without fear of poisoning humans or pets. There is one small drawback and that is the so-called safe products have no residual value. If you don't get a direct hit on the target pest, nothing is left on the surface to ambush the bug should it return to the scene. But, on the positive side, it is nearly impossible to poison yourself with the low-toxicity products.
If your looking for a little punch to your pest control treatment you might want to try a product like Temprid SC. It contains two active ingredients to kill bed bugs. Expensive, but it's used by a lot of pest control professionals.
If the thought of spraying any pesticide gives you the blues you can pump baby powder under baseboards and behind electrical plates to infuse walls with a dust that dries out the shells of insects. Same principle as using boric acid. The insect walks through the power and it dries up the waxy coat that covers its hard shelled body. It works¦..sometimes.
Thorough vacuuming is important, but you don't need a steamer. The vacuum is used to suck up the adult bed bugs. Get as many as possible. Really jam the crevice tools way down into the heart of the furniture and move it around to dislodge any bed bug eggs. You'll also pick up pennies and nickels lost from the pockets of long-forgotten visitors. All the talk you hear about the importance of using a steam cleaner to kill bed bugs is simply one pest control company trying to out-promote another. Using steam requires that you contact the insect and you are already doing that with the sprays. Plus, if you don't allow the steam to contact the bed bug for enough time, the bed bug can survive to bite another day.
All clothing and bed linens should be put through the dryer. It is the heat that kills bed bugs. Do not overload the dryer. You want the hot air to move easily around and through the load. Most experts claim that 120 degree heat for one hour will do the job. If you are unsure what dryer setting hits 120 degrees you may need to buy a small thermometer that is meant to be put through the torture of a rolling, tumbling metal tub. Otherwise, set the dryer on high and let ˜er rip. Probably will turn your polyesters into a heap of melted plastic, but the bed bugs will be dead.
Buy zippered covers for your mattress and box spring. You want to lock in any random bed bugs that were missed during your treatment. Leave the covers in place for the next two years. Bed bugs, and especially bed bug eggs, can survive for long periods without food.
Upholstered couches and chairs are your toughest problem. Finding hiding bed bugs in all the cracks and crevices is nearly impossible. You'll need to repeat applications a lot to make sure the bugs don't resurface. And, stop sleeping on the couch, for Pete's sake. It's bad for your back.
Remove everything from walls to inspect behind pictures, mirrors, and artwork. Take down curtains and check every fold. Even the mechanism of window blinds need to be checked. Don't forget to inspect everything on your bedside table, too. Clocks, radios, lamps, TVs. The bugs like heat.
Empty all dressers and bedside tables. Check the inside and underside of drawers. Inspect the inside of the cabinet once the drawers are removed and flip the entire piece to inspect the underside. It is backbreaking work, but necessary.
To check your work, purchase some double-sided tape and put a long strip on the floor behind your bed, around the mattress, at the top of the headboard and around the legs of bedside tables. Might want to put a strip around the couch, too. See if you capture any bed bugs. If you do, start the process all over again. Nobody said this would be easy.
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