Bed bugs can be an extremely stressful pest to have. Not only will they physically bite you and cause bloody red welts on your body, but they also do so at night which prevents you from getting a good night’s rest. I don’t wish a bed bug infestation on anyone, but thankfully with the right information, you can work to identify bed bugs and work to rid them from your home. Below are all of our bed bug removal and identification guides!
Bed Bug Guides:
What Are Bed Bugs?
There has been a recent resurgence of bed bugs in the United States and elsewhere. They’re small, nocturnal, and persistent. To be more precise: they’re flat (as insects go), reddish-brown, about the size of an apple seed, have oval bodies with microscopic hairs that allow them to hold onto fibers, can live for several months without food, and are so persistent that worldwide control measures have failed to eliminate them from some locales.
You’ll often find them in mattresses, box springs, headboards, and nightstands. Warm environments naturally attract these pests, but they can persist in any number of places where people sleep or rest at night.
What Are The Dangers Of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded creatures, and they don’t discriminate between rats, cows or humans. While one bug might not cause much more than an itch that remains for a few days, multiple bites can turn into infected bumps that may require medical attention.
What’s important to remember is that bed bugs aren’t dangerous in any way other than infesting your house and living off you. They don’t spread disease like mosquitoes do with malaria, for example – it’s actually quite difficult to catch diseases from them at all because their saliva has evolved over time to become minimally potent.
However, people are still understandably concerned about contracting anything from these pests’ violent bite. An allergic reaction is also possible.
At the end of the day, bed bugs will keep you up at night with them biting you, and they spread extremely easy as they live on your skin and in your clothes and linens.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs:
There are multiple methods to kill bed bugs, depending on how much time you intend to spend getting rid of them. If you’re not sure if the infestation is too bad, check out this article about whether or not you have bed bugs.
If your infestation is light, a good all-purpose solution is a diatomaceous earth (DE). DE consists of fossilized remains of algae that harden into a rock-like powder. It has a sharp edge that tears apart any bug it comes in contact with – think scouring pad for insects. This powder can be dusted anywhere where there’s evidence of bed bugs being present. The worst part about using DE as a pesticide? It takes some time to work.
There are hundreds of methods of getting rid of bed bugs, some of them work and others don’t. At the end of the day if you want to get rid of an infestation, you should call a professional.