Bedbugs have been bothering humans since ancient times. However, for a few decades, bedbugs were forgotten as they were thought to be extinct after the introduction of synthetic pesticides such as DDT and others. When bedbugs emerged recently, they had evolved. The newer bedbugs were resistant to synthetic pesticides which almost led to their extinction. These bedbugs are a pain in the throat as they are mainly active at night and bite people when they are sleeping. They pierce the skin and feed on human blood. They give us sleepless nights and from the major reasons for our stress. However, there are the following ways in which we can keep the bedbugs away from our bedrooms and our house.
Disinfect your beddings
Your beddings are most prone to bedbugs because your beddings smell like you and the scent of humans attracts bedbugs. In order to remove bedbugs, you should disinfect your bedding and linen. You can find disinfecting powders and sprays in your local pharmacies. Use disinfectants on a regular basis to ensure that bedbugs are repelled. Be sure to choose products that do not leave behind any stains or odor as it could hinder your sleep just as much as the bedbugs.
Declutter Your Bedroom
Clutter is a primary reason as to why you are not able to effectively fight bedbugs. The clutter around your bedroom acts as safe zones for bedbugs to hide. Declutter the bedroom by removing all personal items such as stuffed animals, soft toys, books, blankets, etc. Be sure to place these items in a plastic bag, otherwise, the bedbugs within them will transfer to other places. Launder all things that can be washed. Be sure to launder them at a minimum of 120°F. If laundering them is not an option, expose those items to a clothes dryer or sunlight so that the bedbugs can die due to heat.
Chalk And Seal
Bedbugs love to hide within gaps of walls and floors. This makes it harder to fight them using pesticides. In order to prevent them from hiding within cracks, we need to seal those spaces. Using chalk is an efficient way to cover the cracks and tiny gaps as it is cheap and affordable. You could further back this up by using chalks that have bedbug killing properties.
Natural Bedbug Spray
Bedbugs are immune to synthetic pesticides, however, they are still affected by natural pesticides. The Gypsum Bed Bug Spray by MDX Concepts is a bedbug spray for home. It is the perfect spray to use on your bed because it is non-toxic, stainless, and odorless. Due to it being non-toxic, you do not need to worry about any harmful fumes and side effects.
The beauty of the bedbug spray is that it is able to reach anywhere. You can spray tiny gaps and cracks, corners and other hard-to-maintain places. Since the spray is non-toxic in nature, you also need not worry about the spray coming in contact with your skin. However, do not let the solution come in contact with your eyes as it will cause irritation.
Dismantle Bed Frames
Bedbugs love hiding in tight spaces which makes bed frames their best friend. In order to ensure that the entire bed is bedbug-free, you will need to dismantle your bedframes and use disinfectants around the joints.
The holes within your switchboards act as hiding spots for bedbugs. Many bedbugs tend to make switchboards their nest. In order to clean your switchboard, first, shine your flashlight and find any trace of bedbugs. If you come across bedbugs, be sure to remove them using tweezers. If you suspect activity, turn your power supply OFF and apply your disinfectant. Avoid using that particular switchboard for a few days.
Bedbug Monitor Trap
The monitor trap is layered with glue. Bedbug monitors replicate the ideal circumstance which attracts bedbugs to them. So once the bedbug steps on it, it gets stuck to the trap. The bedbug will eventually die but it is better to kill the bedbug yourself as it would attract ants and other pests to its body. This is an easy to follow bedbug treatment as all you would need to do is to place the traps in spots where you suspect bedbug activity.
Precautions to take whilst traveling
Bedbugs cannot fly or hop as high as other pests, therefore, the primary means of transport for them is through hitchhiking.
Be sure that while you’re traveling, your luggage does not mix with the accessories given by the hotel. Do not leave your luggage on the floor; instead, keep your luggage atop a chair or table. This is because bedbugs cannot jump, therefore, cannot reach your suitcase.
Do not leave your used clothes lying around your hotel room. Ziplock used clothes when you’re storing them. This is because used clothes contain our smell. This odor attracts bedbugs and, hence, when you ziplock them the odor is contained.
Be sure that once you’ve returned from your travels, wash your clothes thoroughly in hot water. Bedbugs cannot survive temperatures over 104°F, therefore, using hot water will exterminate any presence of bedbugs on your baggage.
Like most other pest infestations, bedbug infestations can get out of hand pretty quickly. If you ever feel that the precautions you have taken are not aiding you in any way, do not hesitate to call your local pest control. As they are professionals in this field, they would know a variety of methods and treatments which they implement in order to get rid of your infestation. But be sure to take better precautions and have treatments in place once the infestation has been gotten rid of, otherwise, these persistent pests will come back to your home. Always be sure to stick to the natural ways to stop bedbug infestations especially if you have children or pets at your home since synthetic pesticides could bring side effects with them.