Getting Rid of Bed Bugs 100% Naturally and at Low Cost- Is it Even Possible?
Bad news: Bed bugs are back – and they’re bigger, tougher and much harder to kill than ever before. And as we travel more, they’re also becoming much more mobile. So, if you find yourself with a bed bug infestation what should you do?
The new breed of pesticide resistant bed bugs
First the really bad news – over at the University of Sydney, researchers found that bed bugs are getting harder to kill[i] because they may have developed tougher skin in response to new forms of insecticides. All over the country people are reporting serious problems.
At a senior’s home in Hudson County, for example, the County Health Inspectors had to step in to deal with a serious outbreak of bed bugs.
Elsewhere, in Mid Ohio, exterminators have seen business booming as the number of infestations has exploded over the past few years. According to one exterminator, Jason Cozzens, owner of Eastern Burkholder Exterminators, they’re here because people are travelling more.
“Bedbugs have been back for at least 5-6 years. People travel more. People go to different countries and more people are coming into this country and it’s just back and forth, he explains. Going to buy used products verses new, it can be from appliances to anything. And it’s just a transfer effect, it’s just an ongoing thing[ii].”
So how can you prevent them? First you need to know what they look like. Adult bed bugs are small flat insects about the size of an apple seed who feed of the blood and skin of animals. They are tiny and can squeeze into the smallest spaces which makes them very hard to control.
Where do Bed Bugs Live?
You’ll most probably find them in your mattress, bed frame, box springs or headboard – anywhere they can get at your blood while you’re sleeping at night – such a happy thought.
They will bite people with a long beak and will feed for about ten minutes before they are engorged and slink off satisfied. In the morning, you’ll experience red welts and feel an itching sensation. You may also see blood stains on the sheets.
First of all, you need to find them. Regularly inspect the bedrooms and sheets for signs of their activity. If bedding is infected, use plastic covers and don’t let the bedding touch the floor. You can also put the bed post legs into small plastic containers filled with a natural bed bug treatment as well as between the mattress and box spring.
Take all bed clothes and linen away and clean them on the very highest temperature you can. Bed bugs are resilient creatures, but they hate high heat. Anything you can’t wash put in a tumble dryer on a high heat.
Use a stiff brush to really scrub your mattress seams and get any of the little critters out. Then vacuum your bed and the surrounding area as thoroughly as you can. Once you’ve finished, take the vacuum bag and put it in the bin, preferably as far away from the house as possible.
Take your mattress out and put it into a tightly zipped up cover and put it away. The bad news is bed bugs can live for about a year without feeding, so that’s how long you’ll have to keep it packed away for. Even if you get a new mattress in you’ll have to make sure all the bed bugs have been removed, otherwise they will just come back.
Bed Bugs can survive a long time without eating, remember.
It all sounds like a lot of work, and it is. Bed Bugs are resilient creatures and they will keep coming back time and time again. You may find it simpler – if a little more expensive – to call in expert pest controllers. So, the signs are that Jason Cozzens and people like him, will be kept in work for a long time to come.