Bed Bug Control and Bed Bug Extermination

Pest Control
By Charlysays (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

You probably grew up hearing the phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite”, and then you grew up and you realized that bed bugs were real. While it is unsettling that these tiny bugs feed on human blood, they are much more common than you think and have no bearing on how clean your home is. More often than not, they get into your home by hitching a ride on luggage, furniture, or clothes that you bring into your home. Bed Bugs repopulate quickly, so if you bring one pregnant bed bug into your home, an infestation can pop up shortly after. These insects may be tiny, but are extremely difficult to kill, they can live up to 3 months with no food.

One of the most disappointing facts about Bed Bugs is that they are resistant to most pesticides, and in fact using them can have the opposite effect from what you are expecting. It may merely drive them from the area that they are currently in and move into a new area of the home. Which makes preventing them from entering the home the best way to combat any bed bugs. Many times, people will bring bed bugs into their home when returning from a trip. The bed bugs will attach to your luggage from wherever you were staying and from there can move into your home easily. To prevent this, you should inspect all luggage before entering your home; you can also throw your clothes into the dryer on high heat to kill off any bed bugs that may be on them. You should also regularly change your sheets and bedding to keep bed bug infestations from occurring.

If the problem persists to a point where you must use pesticides, you should stay away from “bomb” pesticides. Instead try to use pesticides that are isolated and can reach the area where the bed bugs are more effectively. If the infestation continues to get worse, you may have to look into having a fumigation of the home done.