Bed bugs may be the furthest thing from you mind right now. At least I hope they are. For many people, however, they are indeed top of mind, because many people around the world cannot attain a good night’s sleep due to the tiny parasites which used to be the things of nursery rhymes, but are now the things of nightmares.
From causing people to wake up from itching and scratching, to eventually ending the expectation to have a solid 7 – 9 hours of uninterrupted REM sleep at night, bed bugs are the root problem for a lot of sleeplessness being experienced by folks regardless of location or income.
To make matters worse, they are very hard to kill. And this is exactly why I wanted to give a short list of facts to help people out there get rid of bedbugs.
Bed bugs treatment
Bed Bugs treatment starts by tidying up your home and vacuuming the seams and cracks of your mattress, box spring, carpet, bedroom, sofa, and anywhere else something could be hiding near your sleep area.
Bed bugs signs
The first bed bugs signs are usually bites. When people notice bed bug bites they usually assume spiders, mosquitoes, rashes, etc. and this loses valuable time.
Check to make sure you’re not dealing with just dust mites, which are not visible to the human eye and cause an itchy red rash all the same, just in a different way. This YouTube video on dust mites and bed bugs explains the differences, but how interestingly enough the strategy for elimination is strikingly similar.
Bed bugs bites
Bed bugs bites are normally very small, red, and in large groupings. For instance, bed bugs seem to love the neck and face area and will leave a cluster of 10 – 20 bites when they decide to stop for dinner. These bites often turn into large red rashes on the skin and when people scratch them, it can turn into skin damage.
Bed bugs symptoms
Bed bugs symptoms, aside from the bites, include clusters of black specks and tiny black dots in and around the mattress seams and between the box spring. You may also find areas of splotchy brown, red, and black along with the shells of bed bugs when they shed their old skin, as well as egg casings. This is usually where the bedbugs congregate during the wee hours before looking for food.
Bed bugs bites pictures
Bed bugs spray
The obvious knee-jerk reaction is for people to look for some type of bed bugs spray. This is because we have been conditioned through marketing as well as other psychological factors associating firearms with killing things, to look for some type of firing mechanism to kill insects on contact. However, this is a futile and illogical endeavor, as this will not kill bed bug eggs or the bed bugs hiding in the walls or between the mattress.
How to get rid of bedbugs
Ultimately, when discovering how to get rid of bedbugs, you will want to avoid the high-priced exterminator who will often expect you to shell out thousands of dollars and even sign onto a monthly contract. You’ll also want to bypass buying products that don’t kill the eggs like bed bug sprays, as well as chemicals that could harm you or your pets.