As soon as someone says the word ‘bed bugs’, your skin instantly crawls but they are a real issue that can affect anyone. There has been an increase in reported cases in the US in recent times so it is a good idea to have some kind of attack plan ready, just in case.
What are bed bugs?
Apart from skin tingling at the mere mention, bed bugs are small blood sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices around your bed. They come out at night, drawn by body heat and carbon dioxide, and bite the skin to draw blood, similar to mosquitoes.
Visually, they look a little like lentils being oval shaped, reddish-brown and around 5mm in length. Females bugs lay around 200-500 tiny white eggs over a two month period with the eggs hatching and taking around six to eight weeks to mature. They need blood to mature but are resilient little creepy crawlies and adults can go up to twelve months without feeding. Contrary to myths, they are not attracted to dirt, so are not a sign of a dirty home.
While they are horrible little things, bed bugs don’t carry any diseases though some people do experience a reaction to their bites, usually an itchy red bump anywhere from one to nine days after being bitten. They aren’t dangerous but can be upsetting and stressful and taking action immediately is the best course of action.
PowderJT Eaton 203 Bedbug and Crawling Insect Powder with Diatomaceous Earth, 7-Ounce bottle
This is a powder that will kill bed bugs and also ants, cockroaches, crickets, fleas and other similar bugs. It works by absorbing the fluid from the insects causing them to dehydrate so they cannot gain an immunity to it. It can be placed anywhere though beware around pets and children.
SprayDead Bed Bugs Contact Killing Bed Bug Spray, Safe – Non-Toxic 32 oz
This spray is safe under the EPA regulations as well as being an organic, eco-friendly way to kill bugs, mites and lice. It is used by professionals in a wide range of businesses such as hotels and nursing homes and is pesticide free so safe for use anywhere. It works indoors and outdoors and even has a peppermint odour to mask the chemicals involves. It is 100% safe around children and pets and can be used in sleeping areas.
Laundry TreatmentBed Bug 911 All Natural Laundry Treatment, 32 oz.
This is also EPA safe as it is non-toxic, hypoallergenic and unscented as well as non-staining on what you use it with. It eliminated natural enzymes to exterminate bugs and can work on luggage, mattresses, furniture and flooring as well as linens and clothing.
Hopefully, you will never need the products discussed in this article but if you do, quick application of whichever you choose to be the best for your problem is the key. The quicker you deal with a potential infestation, the better chance you have to stop the female insects laying all of those eggs and ending up with an even bigger problem on your hands. So at the first sign of bed bugs – get the spray or powder into action!