This site will be your guide for protection when you are asleep. Instead of sleeping with one eye open thinking about blood sucking bed bugs, you can go back to counting sheep. My method of dealing with bed bugs focuses on a strategy that you can use safely, effectively and without the use of heavy poisons and pesticides. You too can use excellent natural methods that have been proven to work time and time again at getting rid of bed bug problems. Once you follow our few simple steps at home or when traveling, your mind will be at ease when you are all tucked in for the night.
Bed bugs How to get rid of them! My Simple Strategy!
Bed bugs can hid in almost any nook and cranny one can find in a room. Seeking and destroying every single one of these blood suckers is nearly impossible without the use of extreme measures such as fumigation, direct heat, or well trained dogs. These methods are nowhere near fool proof. They can force you out of your house for days, cause damage to your belongings, and be very expensive. As an ex-exterminator, I know how difficult it is to get rid of bed bugs. The new generation strands of the insect have strong resilience to pesticides, even DDT, and returning to jobs two or three times to finally get rid of the problem is common in 9 out of every 10 infestations. There is an easier way! It is called the barrier technique. And used in conjunction with other methods can put your mind at ease. It is a great way to solve what now seems like a huge problem.
Bed bugs How to get rid of them! The Barrier Technique Explained!
The barrier technique is a method that can be used by anyone to help with getting rid of bed bugs. It is a do-it-yourself (DIY) solution that involves protecting you while you sleep so that the bed bugs can’t get their fill, and as a result will search elsewhere for food. Bed bugs normally try and feed every five to ten days. Although it has been documented that many species of bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding, the common denominator for serious infestations is the accessibility of a host. Knowing the enemy is one of our greatest weapons. By understanding their feeding habits, reproduction, and mobility we can win in the war against them. Our goal will be to clean them out, seal them out, and starve them out.
Bed bugs How to get rid of them!3 Steps to Success!
Step One – Clean them out!
The enemy is small, evasive, and a master at hide-and-seek. Step one is the most laborious of the three steps, it involves finding as many of these little buggers as you can and getting rid of them. Get help with this step; the extra pair of eyes and hands will come in handy for inspecting for bugs and moving furniture. If you have a hand held vacuum, wield it proudly; it will be your first line of defense. Make sure that once vacuumed up, the bugs will not be able to crawl out, and dispose of the bugs in a way that they will not make their way back into the house; perhaps, in a sealed plastic bag with a blast of pesticide or diatomaceous earth for good measure.
Remember that these things are great at hiding. Start one room at a time and move slowly from one side of the room to the other without leaving anything unchecked. Make sure to check every nook, cranny, seam, fixture and piece of furniture meticulously, and with the intent to seek and destroy.
Removing the bugs at the source will be the most important part of step one. Your bed will be where the majority of bed bugs will be found. Take off all your sheets and put them through a laundry cycle. Once the bed is stripped bare, check the seams and where the ribbing meets the mattress. Flip the mattress up and do a thorough inspection on the other side. Next check the box spring. The underside of the box spring is the bed bugs sanctuary. It is the perfect cove for protection, with regular easy access to a host. You may want to temporarily remove the dust cloth to get access to the bed bugs within. Finally, thoroughly inspect the bed frame and headboard for bed bugs and remove as many as possible.
Vacuuming is not the end all of solutions, because it will be near impossible for it to remove all of the bed bugs and their eggs. So we have to put up some more lines of defense against these blood suckers. If you feel confident that you have removed most off the bed bugs move on to step two.
Bed bugs How to get rid of them! Step Two – Seal them out!
This step is the fun part because you will feel like you are putting up an impenetrable barrier against these pests, which will keep them from biting you in the night. Your bed is going to be your fortress, which bed bugs can not gain access.
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Bed bugs How to get rid of them!Step Two – Seal them out! Continued
Now it is game time! Slap those rubber gloves on and let’s get to work. We are going to start by making sure the bed bugs that got left behind have a hard time finding their way to you, so we will be using “diatomaceous earth powder” to kill any on their way to their next meal. What this product does is it cuts the insects exoskeleton and dries the insect out so it dies. Many professionals use this solution because of its effectiveness and because it is much safer and less potent than other pesticides. We will be using the dust bulb to target areas where the bugs might be hiding, and typical transportation routes for bed bugs. This includes over and around all the rooms baseboards, outlets, opening and nooks in the walls. Puff powder anywhere that the bugs can hide and where they might travel. It is important that you just don’t pour the powder excessively in specific areas because they may sense how dry that area is and walk around it. It is better if the dust is pushed into nooks and crannies and around hiding places where the bugs need to go for hiding. If the dust stays dry it should be affective for a long time.
Once you have sufficiently powdered your room, put your box spring encasement over your box spring and zip it up. Remember that the encasement is quite fragile so be careful not to tear it. Zip it up so that no bed bugs can get in, and no remaining bed bugs can escape. Next cover your mattress with the mattress protector, and zip it up in the same manner.
The next step is to fortify your bed with protection. Use “climb up insect interceptors” underneath all of the bed frame posts to trap any bed bugs trying to get to you at night. You can put some diatomaceous earth powder around and inside the trap to dry out the bugs that get caught. Remember now that your bed is protected, you have to keep it that way! Which brings us to step three.
Bed bugs How to get rid of them!Step Three – Starve them out!
This step is important and will take time. As we know bed bugs can live for a long time without eating, so the battle is not over. Make sure that there is no access to the bed from other means whether it is the wall, headboard, or sheets hanging off of the bed. Bed bugs are resourceful, so understand that your fortress will need to be inspected on a regular bases to make sure the bed bugs have not infiltrated the bed. Inspections will be much easier with your box spring encasement and mattress protector now installed. In addition to the bed, do inspections around the room, looking for signs of bed bugs, and remove any that you find. By limiting access to a host, the bed bugs will be controlled because they will not be able to reproduce as fast, and will likely leave in search of a new host.
It is a good idea to protect the areas in the house where people sleep. There is no sense protecting one host, just to leave the rest of the household vulnerable. Steps should be taken to protect everyone in the residence from being vulnerable to infestation. This may seem like an extreme measure, but having this type of protection will help in long term protection from bed bugs and save you thousands of dollars on exterminators.
If you have the resources then by all means get an exterminator to inspect your home. A professionals expertise at killing the insects in tandem with your prevention and barrier technique might be the most effective way of getting rid of your bed bug problem, although understand that it might be an expensive undertaking. Fumigations that force you out of your home for days can cost thousands, thermaPureHeat treatments are equally if not more expensive, and amazing bed bug sniffing dogs are hard to come by and cost around $200 an hour.
Bed bugs How to get rid of them! Good Luck!
The battle against bed bugs can be difficult, but knowing that you can fight back and win, will give you the courage you need to beat these guys. Start getting rid of these blood sucking terrorists today!
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