Saturday, November 1, 2008

Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Getting rid of bed bugs can be a tiring and tedious task. Because bed bugs are really annoying, people who live with bed bugs in their homes, desperately find and adopt measures to eliminate bed bugs. So the question is persistent, just like their subjects---Getting rid of bed bugs. So how do you get rid of bed bugs?

The easy step

The easiest step would also be the hard way. This will require your utmost patience and perseverance. You will have to look out and capture bed bugs when they come out of their habitats. That would mean, you will have to do an all nighter because bed bugs usually come out and hunt food in the night time hours. Right before daybreak is their hour, kind of eerie huh? That is the time they feel their hosts will be more vulnerable.

Bed bugs can be pretty smart. But their smart behaviors are only products of their desire to survive. They come out at night because they can be sensitive to light. Instincts are instilled at them that light means danger. But this can also work in your favor

Surely, during daytime, their exposure would only give them more risks. It is because of their tiny size, they can still be spotted in broad daylight.

So the easiest step would be to look out and capture bed bugs, one by one. After capturing them, squash them so they will not survive. Pretty gross. But hey, bed bugs are so tiny, there tiny bodies will tend to be unnoticeable.

The dangerous way

If there is an easy yet questionable way, there is the efficient, yet sure and deadly way to get rid of bed bugs. This is through using insecticides or pesticides.

There are three groups of pesticides available in the market for the sole purpose of exterminating unwanted bed bugs. Look at them closely. Always pay attention and follow the label. That is the Law

One, pesticides can be in the form of insecticidal dusts. These group of pesticides are characterized by the existence or presence of ground or pulverized glass and silica powder. Hence, they are dust.

The dust attacks bed bugs by destroying their outermost waxy protective coats. These coats are like coating that make up the skin of bed bugs. They serve as helmets.

Insecticidal dusts have chemicals with them. Once the bed bugs’ protective coats are ruined, the chemicals will set in and poison or dry out the bed bugs’ systems.

Second, there are contact insecticides. Contact insecticides are pesticides that should be applied to infested areas or surfaces. You will find that this group is very effective in getting rid of bed bugs.

But they also pose downsides. For one, contact insecticides are repellant in nature. Meaning, they stink so effectively to the insects’ senses, that they can easily sense presence of insecticides.

That characteristic of contact insecticides makes it less effective. Since it is repellent, it is not sure and guaranteed that bed bugs will be gotten rid of. They simply may avoid contact with applied surfaces. Hence, they will try to find another more conducive habitat.

Third and last group will be the insect growth regulators. This group is aimed at getting rid of bed bugs while they still are in early stages.

IGRs (Growth regulators) will attack the reproductive system of bed bugs, or their eggs. By doing that, it is guaranty that no new generation will be produced. The only problem you will have to deal with are the adult bed bugs.
Use of IGRs as pesticides can be effective, yet a lot of patience and time is required. As the saying goes, this measure is ‘slowly but surely.’

The most effective and safest way

If you are smart and practical at the same time, you will resort to seeking a professional exterminator in getting rid of bed bugs.

There are a lot Pest control exterminators and exterminating companys out there in your area. Just pick one and go with it. If you are not sure here is a small list of the more recognizable ones.

• Orkin
• Terminex
• Nozel Nolen
• Truly Nolen

Pest control experts know what to use and how to do it to get rid of bed bugs effectively. They are more familiar to the proper chemicals and pesticides. Chemicals can be very dangerous so why not let the professional exterminators do it.

Getting rid of bed bugs can be easy, if you only know how to. The safest and most effective way is to contact pest exterminators, and pronto! You can get rid of your unwanted bed partners.