Over the year it has evolved and has developed an acquired taste for human blood. Bed bugs do not inhabit in a dirty environment. Hence, they are mostly found in well-cleaned apartments, hotels, motels and cruise ships.
How To Identify Bed Bug Infestation
It is not easy to identify if you have bed bugs, primarily because they are very shy and are aware of their environment. However there are some ways to identify beg bug infestation.
Fecal stains, exoskeleton or dried excrements found on your bed are indicators of bed bugs. Bug bites may or may not affect people adversely. For most people, the bug bites leave an itchy feeling. Scratching and itching only irritates the affected area causing infection. However, in extreme cases, bug bites might trigger allergic reactions in humans leading to fatal conditions.
Home Remedies To Kill Bed Bugs
Baby talcum powder can be used against pesticides. Not only do they smell good, but sprinkling them over mattress, cushion, cracks in the walls help to suffocate them.
In order to minimize the risk of bed bugs and other pests it is advisable that mattress covers, bed sheets and cushion cover be regularly washed, dried and ironed.
Alcohol tends to have adverse effects on bed bugs. It might not be able to exterminate the whole family all at once, but can kill all those that come in contact. You can definitely give it a try and spray alcohol on your mattress.
Though it is not the most effective but it is being used by pest terminating agencies. If you have a steam iron in your home, this is the best time you could have used it.
Take out of clothes, mattress, bed sheets and bed cover and run the iron through them. There is a good chance the iron might do its job.
In the Hot Sun
This is the most widely practiced treatment. People in all households are familiar with this. Whenever you are taking out any blankets, quilts or cover, it is always advisable to dry them in the sun for a day. One whole day in the sun is good enough the kills all pests involved. If you are up for it, you can try and leave the mattress in the sun for a day and witness its miraculous effects.
Try and clean through anything and everything that you have in your house. Vacuum all corners, cupboards, cover and even carpets. Do not leave any place untouched. Go for the cushions as well.
Use of Insecticides
Extreme cases call for extreme measures. There are a few insecticides available in the markets that are not harmful towards kids and pets. They contain pyrethrins and canola oil which can be used to kill beg bugs.