Bed bugs are small, oval insects that live on the blood of humans and animals. They live in dark places that are close to their food sources, so mattresses are common areas to find them. They are brownish and flat at first, about the size of an apple seed, but after feeding they swell and take on a more reddish color from the blood they ingested. Their eggs are only about the size of a speck of dust, so they are much harder to spot. Originally they were treated with DDT, but that chemical was banned for health risk concerns. Now that bed bugs are on the rise again, people are looking for more natural bed bug treatments.
Natural Extermination Methods
Diatomaceous Earth. This substance is available in many gardening stores and consists of fossilized shells from aquatic diatoms. Basically, this is sprinkled around beds, in all cracks and crevices in which bed bugs can hide. When they come out and walk across the dust, the sharp edges of the shells in the powder cut the exoskeleton of any hard-bodied insects. The end result is that the insects die from dehydration and asphyxiation pretty quickly.
High Heat. Many companies are finding that the most effective way to get rid of this problem is to heat-treat bed bugs. Studies have shown that bed bugs will die if they are exposed to 113 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes, or 118 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. More companies are offering to come into your home and use fans to create convection currents to kill the bugs in the room. Another way you can do this yourself is to put your bedding in a hot dryer or use a high-heat steamer on infested areas for the specified amounts of time.
Suffocation and Starvation. Bed bugs are like all living things -- they die when they cannot breathe or eat. The best way to do this is by encasing your mattress completely. Not only will this keep the bed bugs trapped in the mattress, it also makes it so the bugs will eventually run out of skin to eat and die. The most common encasement is a secure mattress cover. Keep this cover on for at least a year to ensure that all bed bugs and eggs die. Make sure you also take care that all of the bedding is treated as well- - washing and drying at high heat levels and even keeping it in a plastic bag tied tightly for a month or two.
For more information, speak with experts like Evergreen Pest & Termite.
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