Sunday, October 28, 2007

How To Get Rid Of Bedbugs

One of the first questions you might ask your self when dealing with Bedbugs is, How to get rid of bedbugs? What are they would be the next question.
Bedbug adults are wingless, oval flattened, reddish brown in color, they look striped in appearance from the Microscopic hairs. Or a banded type appearance. Remember this when you want to know how to get rid of bedbugs. And regardless of what you may have heard, they can be seen with the naked eye.
Their size range is from one eight of an inch to one quarter of an inch.

They are a small insect that is nocturnal (they come out at night). That is the time they particularly like to come out and feed. Guess what? You can be their food source.

Bedbugs are blood feeding insects, their food of choice seems to be humans and other warm blooded hosts. Being they come out at night usually close to dawn, And that is the time they particularly like to feed. Guess what? You can be their food source. That means they like to feed while you may be sleeping. They can usually do their feeding in about an hour. This does not mean they cannot feed at other times, they can. And will venture out when the need to feed is there.

They can detect the presence of carbon dioxide, and warmth of the body, Bedbugs will crawl out and pierce the skin with one tube, and they then inject some anesthetics and anticoagulants, then with the other tube, they will withdraw the blood from the hosts, and return to their hiding place.

How do they get into or invade the home or premises? One of the problems in this day and time of traveling from different countries it is common thing for bedbugs to thrive. Many people associate the infestation of bedbugs with dirt and filth. This is not necessarily true, they do not live on waste and trash, therefore clutter and areas that are not disturbed is more in line with their choice of habitat.

Because bedbugs live off of warm bloodied hosts, they like to reside in cracks and crevices and out of the way areas where they cannot be found, but they prefer being close to their food source. The folds of mattresses, bedding, boxes, crates any of the things in and around the home that offer secluded undisturbed areas.

If you want to know how to get rid of bedbugs, determine if you really have bedbugs. Looking at the bite or the results of the bite will not necessarily reveal the source of the bite. Bedbug bites can resemble the bite of other insects, such as mosquitoes.

How to get rid of bed bugs
I think the first step is to try and determine just how we got them. This is where your detective work can come into play. Think back and see if you have received any boxes, bedding, including used mattresses from a friend or used furniture store.

Remember bedbugs like to hide in bed frames, head boards, and folds of the mattress. Boxes, dressers,chests, are also a good place to inspect. A good way to get rid of bedbugs is to simply be proactive. One of the big push now days is IPM (Integrated Pest Management).

Don't be to fast to introduce chemical into your home, bedding, ect. Try the above first
Remember these things.

  • Determine type of insect

  • Inspect sleeping area

  • clean, remove boxes, clutter and ect

Remember if you cannot determine if you have a Bedbug infestation, or how to get rid of bedbugs, ask for help, from reliable source such as a Entomologist or a Certified Pest control Operator.
John Shelton cpco