Easy and Effective Ideas on How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

drelayaraja By drelayaraja, 5th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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"Good night, sleep tight; don't let the bed bugs bite". This is common goodnight verse you might have heard. Bed bugs are notorious worldwide travellers. They latch on to luggage items and stow away to a new destination. Here are some tips to control them.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs

Many of us have never seen or heard of bed bugs except in the context of some news and mythical tales. Parents would commonly say, "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite," as children were put to bed.

With the widespread use of DDT during the 1940s and 1950s, the bed bugs were thought to have disappeared. However, there have been emerging populations which have continuously existed throughout the world.

More recently attention has been paid to the presence of bed bugs in the hotel and lodging industries in the India, United States and Australia.

They are also increasingly being encountered in homes, theatres, apartments, hotels, motels, dormitories, shelters and modes of transport.

Considerations have to be done on the integrated pest management (IPM) practices, which do not use insecticides and the reduction in the number of different active ingredients. IPM is among factors believed to have contributed to this current resurgence trend.

Detection

Detection of bed bugs

Bedbug dogs are trained to find the bed bugs in what is known as a sweep. The dog sweeps through suspected infestation areas and alerts to the scent of bedbugs.

A bedbug dog can detect bedbugs in a bedroom within minutes, with an accuracy rate of 90%, whereas a (human) pest control practitioner would need an hour to complete the task.

Getting rid of Bed bugs

Caution - Don't Try This at home

There are several methods that are totally useless and shouldn't even be considered. Bug bombs and aerosol pesticides will not rid an area of bed bugs.

While extreme hot and cold temperatures may affect the infestation, below freezing temperatures will only work if those temperatures remain below freezing for over two weeks.

Important measures for Travellers

Frequent travellers should follow these measures

Examine the room for potential hiding places of bedbugs, such as carpet edges, mattress seams, pillows, wall trim and other tiny crevices in which bedbugs could hide.
Look specifically at the mattress seams for signs of bedbug droppings, eggs, bloodstains or even bedbugs.
Keep a flashlight nearby while sleeping to immediately observe suspected activity during the night.
Do not leaving clothing lying on the bed or any location of possible infestation.
Close all luggages when not in use. Keep the luggage elevated from the floor.

"Good night, sleep tight; don't let the bed bugs bite."

© 2009 Dr.P.Elayaraja

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author avatar satan fury
6th Jul 2010 (#)

Very informative. thanks for the tips. These bedbugs looks scary! The funny thing about these bugs are that even if your bed is clean they might be hiding in there somewhere.

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author avatar Fatima Ahmed
6th Jul 2010 (#)

A very interesting share!!....

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author avatar Natasha Head
6th Jul 2010 (#)

Interesting and informative. Good read!

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author avatar Uzma Shakoor
20th Jul 2010 (#)

nice one!

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author avatar TheMovieScene
23rd Oct 2010 (#)

Nice article. Out of interest has it been proven that bed bugs could help to transport infections and viruses from people to people. Or is it a case of just an unwelcome guest who gives you a nip and drinks a bit of blood, but isn't technically dangerous?

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