Friday, August 19

How do you get bed bugs? How they infest your home and what you can do.

A common phrase is, “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” But what are bed bugs and how do you get them? Bed bugs are oval-shaped insects that are about 5 millimeters long as adults. They come out at night and can’t fly, though they can crawl very quickly.

Bed bugs feed on human blood which causes itchy bites. Outside of bites, signs you have bed bugs are live bugs themselves, shell casings, fecal spots, eggs, bloodstains on sheets and an “unusual, musty odor,” according to M&M Pest Control in Long Island City, New York.

How do you get bed bugs?

Bed bugs can travel quickly and have an ability to latch onto furniture and other items. They can be brought into the home from places where people are dormant for periods of time, like bus seats, airplanes or theater cushions, etc. They can sneak into your home through purses and luggage as well. Once they are in the house, they can hide in bedroom furniture such as a mattress, box spring and bed frame.

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How to get rid of bed bugs at home

here is how to get rid of bed bugs at homeaccording to WebMD.

  1. Wash bedsheets, clothing, linens and curtains in hot water. Then, put them in the dryer on the hot setting for at least 30 minutes.
  2. To remove bedbugs and their eggs, use a stiff brush on mattress seams.
  3. Vacuum your bed and the area around it often. Place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and put it in a trash can outside.
  4. Encase your mattress in a bed bug mattress cover. Keep this on for at least a year since bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding.
  5. Repair cracks in walls or plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to limit the places bed bugs can hide.
  6. Get rid of clutter surrounding the bed.
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