Remember how your mother always tucked you in saying “don’t let the bed bugs bite”? Well, they’re biting, and not just you. Bed bugs are the fastest growing household menace in America. Their increase comes from increased international air travel and people spreading them from place to place. Also their long life spans and fast breeding allows them to invade homes and take over quite efficiently, making them almost impossible to defeat. A single adult female can lay 50-100 eggs, and 1 bed bug can live up to a year in normal conditions. If you have just a few bedbugs you can expect to be infested for fairly quickly and for quite a while. They sense your body heat in the middle of the night and feed off of your blood, leaving you itchy and irritated. I once shared an apartment with a very frugal friend who couldn’t seem to refuse the offer of cheap mattresses. Unfortunately for me sharing the apartment meant sharing the bedbugs. So, I had to find a way to keep bedbugs out of my side of the house.
Bye bye to bed bugs
The best way to rid yourself of these pests is to use specially made mattress covers that are designed to kill bedbugs. These can be bought from stores like Bed Bath and Beyond. Buy the sturdy ones that don’t rip. Bed bugs prefer your mattress first and foremost because of the comfy folds, and plus it’s the place you sleep. They wait for you and breed within the folds of your mattress. The next step is to use boric acid and call pest control. Boric acid is normally used for roach infestations but it can also be helpful for bed bugs. Pest control will help you eliminate the rest of them. Also, wash your clothes and bedding in water hotter than 122 degrees. Bedbugs cannot survive in that degree of heat so they will perish in the wash. The last step which is probably the most helpful is to use bed bug interceptors. These are tray you put at the end of your bed legs. Any bedbugs climbing up or down your bed legs will become trapped in the tray.
You don’t have to share your bed with bed bugs, take your bed back and finally get a good night’s rest by eliminating those menaces. If you have any additional tips on how to remove bed bugs or stories you’d like to share, feel free to comment.
Bedbug information thanks to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug