How to Get Rid of Bedbugs…You have got to be kidding me!

by Karen Brooks on December 22, 2010

BedbugsImagine your spouse returns from a business trip with thousands of tiny bed bug bites all over their face. It is so bad that you think they literally got beat up while out of town.

What starts out as an itch, could be latest in an epidemic sweeping throughout the United States. Bed bugs were literally a thing of the past that your grandparents would have trouble remembering.

CNN reported on April 9, 2010, that the once “near extinct” bed bug is making a rapid comeback and spreading rapidly. They are not confined to that “old motel” with flashing neon signs. The bugs are in higher end hotels, and almost every big city hotel in the United States needs to contend with these nasty little critters.

A recent new report cited that in New York, bed bugs were found in prominent movie theaters, and retail shoe stores. It was so bad, these establishments were closed for several days while the bed bug infestation was treated commercially. Exterminators have gone so far as to train dogs to detect the little critters.

Bed bugs are a part of a family of parasitic insects that feed on warm blooded animals. They love the dark (reminds you of a vampire movie), and are easy to find if you know where to look. Some of their favorite hiding spots include the seams of mattresses (hence their name), carpeting, drapes and any type of fabric, including your clothes!

So how do you get bed bugs?

They are attracted to the carbon dioxide in your breath, and come out during the night to bite. You really don’t feel their bite, otherwise, they would have  been swatted off of their victim. Bed bugs only bite when they are hungry, and can life for months without eating, especially in cold weather.  Easily attaching themselves to your clothes, luggage, and even pets, they can be found in hotels, planes and cruise ships as well.

You can identify the bugs by the droppings that they leave behind. Look for dark spots on mattresses and fabrics.

Bed bugs don’t seem to carry any type of blood born illness, and that is very fortunate!  The reactions to the bites vary quite a bit from person to person. Some individuals have literally no reaction to the bites, while other have intense itching and swelling.

How do you get rid of bed bugs?

The first step is awareness and prevention.  Whenever you travel, protect your clothes and luggage by putting your luggage on a luggage rack away from the bed or draperies. Hang your clothes in a closet.

When you return, make sure you launder your clothes in warm or hot water, and dry them in a hot clothes dryer. The bed bugs hate heat!

If you get them in your home, they can be difficult to kill. Remember they hate heat!!!  A company by the name of Thermapure brings in infrared panels that raise the temperature in the room. While not cheap, this is a natural method that doesn’t exposure you to toxic chemicals. It also works!!

Another method of eradication is a Climbup Insect Interceptor Bed Bug Trap that can be found on the internet. It is placed under the legs of furniture and bedding and traps the bed bugs. It is pesticide free as well.

So how do you treat a bed bug bite?

There are several natural remedies, but I like Clay Powder, which is readily available on the internet. Another remedy is a raw potato, which when placed on the bite, helps to reduce swelling. Several oatmeal preparations and soaks, such as Aveeno, may also help to provide some comfort for you.

Bed bugs are one story that you don’t want to tell your grandchildren about! Remember prevention and awareness are the key to preventing these nasty little creatures from invading your home.

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Bedbugs May 29, 2011 at 2:15 am

Bed bugs are the nastiest little pests. And you’re right, prevention and awareness is definitely the key…BUT, if you haven’t experienced them, it would make it hard to relate to having bed bugs.

It is best to hire an exterminator as soon as you notice the problem as they really multiply like crazy.

Good luck if you have them!

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Carol Giambri January 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Who ever plans for bedbugs but they exist? I love back to basics remedies and use them in our house and with our sweet dog. Great post Karen.
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