Bed bugs are oval, flat, reddish-brown insects. These insects only eat one thing, blood. One of the facts that makes them so hard to get rid of is they can live a year without a meal. They are known to be active during the night.
Although their name is Bed bug, these bugs can be found around the house in other locations than just the bed. They can also be found behind baseboards, electrical outlets, cracks, crevices, furniture, and sheets.
Signs you have Bed Bugs
- You see them- the for sure sign you have bed bugs is that you see them in your bed or other locations around the house.
- Case Skins- as the juvenile bugs grow they will shed their skin and leave them around.
- Defecation- after they feed they defecate on nonporous surfaces.
- Bites- this is a common sign that you have bed bug.
How do you get them?
You can pick up a bed bug literally almost anywhere, i.e. offices, stores, hotels. They can latch on to luggage, purses, clothing and even you. But once you have them they are hard to get rid of. So the best way to take care of the problem is to catch the problem early.
- Declutter your house, by not having a mess around it will make it easier to find their hiding places.
- Use the hottest temperatures you must both wash and dry your bed sheets and comforters
- Double and triple check second-hand furniture before bringing it home
- Inspect your home after having guests, or going on trips
How to get rid of them
Heat- using a dryer or placing your infested belongings in garbage bags and placing them outside will indeed kill the bed bugs.
Cold- placing your infested items into the freezer set at 0*. However, this process does require you to leave them there for up to 4 days.
Although these are great non-chemical options to getting rid of your bed bug infestation, they will not get rid of the problem entirely.
According to the EPA the two most common chemicals to look for in pesticides are Pyrethrin’s and Pyrethroids.These are suitable for almost all bed bug problems. However, there is always the option to call a professional you can inspect all locations of your home that are common for bed bugs to insure they find all of them. They also know the exact amount of chemicals necessary to rid you of your problems.