DIY BEDBUG HELP
The DIY bedbug help treatments we suggest should only be done if you suspect
bedbugs (perhaps you have been bitten or have been traveling, or someone
who has been traveling is visiting) or if you have actually found a
few. A full-on invasion of bedbugs will require the services of a
Licensed Pest Control Operator.
BEDBUG INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE
In a previous article, we pointed out reasons why there has been
such a widespread return of bedbugs, where they hide, what they do,
what you can do to avoid them, what to do in case you find bedbugs in
your home or office, etc. That article can be found here.
Our current article, DIY
Bedbug Help, presents you with some steps you can do yourself if you
suspect the beginnings of a possible bedbug infestation.
WHERE THEY CAN BE FOUND
bedbugs must feed off human and animal blood to live, they are most
likely to be found in places that will bring them closer to their hosts,
especially at night or in the early dawn. Mattresses, bedding and other
furniture, etc., are fair game.
though, bedbugs have actually been found in offices, in cubicles, break
rooms, and filing cabinets, even behind pictures on walls and in
behavior experts have also warned that since bedbugs are attracted to
the odor of sleeping humans, dirty clothing may possibly attract them as
well. Leaving soiled clothing on the floor or in an open suitcase or
gym bag in a bedbug-infested area may be one way they are able to travel
so far and wide. They could come home from the office in a computer bag
or lunch bag as well!
IF I KEEP MY HOUSE CLEAN, WHY WOULD I HAVE BEDBUGS?
First and foremost, bedbug infestations are not related to an environment's cleanliness. But it is definitely easier to control if an area is clean and free of clutter.
Also important is that
they do not carry or transmit any known diseases. Some people are not even affected by their bites, while others can possibly be allergic.
It is certainly disgusting though, to think insects are feeding on
your blood while you are fast asleep!
Bedbugs were actually
almost completely eliminated in the mid-20th century due to the use of
insecticides. These are now banned and this is the main reason for their
return in such great numbers.
DIY Bedbug Help can offer
you certain steps to take if you find some bedbugs, as well as ways you
can minimize your risk of having bedbugs enter your home. These
suggestions may give you more peace of mind when you travel by airplane,
stay in a hotel, or buy used furniture or bedding, or when you are
expecting that international traveler as a guest in your home.
WHAT TO LOOK FORFirst,
please make sure you actually have been invaded by bedbugs. It is easy
to mistake their bites for mosquito bites. Learn to recognize what to
look for. If possible, rule out other sources such as fleas, mites, and
bugs themselves can be seen by the naked eye. They are about ½" long,
oval-shaped, flat, and wingless. They can also range in color from
almost white to brown and will turn a rusty red color after feeding.
You must also look for bloodstains, black spots, and possibly the
shed skins of bedbugs. It is important as well to understand that
finding these items does not necessarily mean you have an active infestation.
to capture some live bugs. You can stick double-sided carpet tape
around the edges of your mattress and leave it there for a few days.
WHAT DO BEDBUG BITES LOOK LIKE?
The bug bites are usually in a line but can be welts as well. As
mentioned above, not all people are affected by bedbug bites.
are not allergic may never know they were bitten because the bedbugs
will first inject anesthetics so you don't feel them biting and
anticoagulants so they can feed continuously for up to 10 minutes at a
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I FIND EVIDENCE OF BEDBUGS?Please continue reading here to learn more about what to do if you find evidence of bedbugs, complete with informative videos.