How to Identify Bed Bugs
The first step in identifying bed bugs is to know what they look like. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed, oval in shape and flat. They are brown in color but may appear reddish after a blood meal. Bed bug nymphs (immature bed bugs) are smaller, translucent or whitish-yellow in color and become brown after feeding. To identify bed bugs, look for:
-Rusty or reddish stains on sheets or mattresses
-Dark spots (about this size: •), which are actually bed bug excrement and may bleed on fabric like a marker would
-Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and white
Bedbugs will often leave behind small dark dots on your skin that resemble a bruise called “bedbug bites.” These bites usually turn up in a line or cluster, as shown here.
If you think you might have bedbugs, it’s important to look for them in all the places they might be hiding. Check under the mattress and box spring, paying close attention to the seams. Also check any cracks and crevices in the headboard, furniture, molding, baseboards and behind any pictures or posters hung on the walls. Remember that bedbugs can flatten their bodies so they fit into tiny spaces about the width of a credit card!
If you do find bedbugs make sure to contact a professional pest management company right away. Trying to get rid of them yourself will likely make things worse as you’ll only succeed in scattering them throughout your home where they’ll be much harder to find and eliminate. A good pest management company will have experience dealing with bedbugs specifically and will use trained dogs to sniff them out as well as special vacuums designed to suck them up from cracks and crevices. They’ll also likely treat your home with pesticides designed specifically for killing bedbugs (these won’t work on other household pests though).
What Chemicals Kill Bed Bugs?
If you want to get rid of bed bugs, you need to understand how they operate. Bed bugs are experts at hiding, so the first step is to find all of their hiding places. Once you’ve located them, you can start working on getting rid of them. The best way to kill bed bugs is with a combination of pest control methods. This might include using diatomaceous earth, rubbing alcohol, or other chemicals. You’ll also want to make sure that you clean all of the bedding and furniture in your home to get rid of any lingering bed bugs.
How to Effectively Use Pesticides Against Bed Bugs
There are a few things you need to know in order to effectively use pesticides against bed bugs. First of all, these pests are very adept at hiding. This means that you need to be thorough in your inspection of potential infested areas. Look for them in cracks and crevices, under furniture, and in any other dark, secluded spot. Once you’ve found where they’re hiding, you can begin the process of applying pesticides.
Bed bugs are most commonly killed with insecticides. These products come in aerosables (like sprays) and non-consumables (like powders). When using a consumable insecticide, it’s important to direct the spray into all of the cracks and crevices where the bugs are hiding. This will ensure that as many bugs as possible come into contact with the poison and die. Non-consumable insecticides work by releasing their active ingredients into the air over time. This means that it’s important to apply them evenly throughout the infested area so that the bedbugs will eventually come into contact with them and perish.
In addition to using pesticides, there are a few other things you can do to help get rid of bedbugs. One is to vacuum regularly. This will help remove any bedbugs that have been killed by pesticides but haven’t yet been cleaned up. Another is to wash all of your bedding in hot water regularly. This will kill any bedbugs that may be lurking there waiting to bite you while you sleep!
Physical Methods for Killing Bed Bugs
One of the best physical methods for killing bed bugs is to use a vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming can remove both adults and nymphs from mattresses, carpeting, and other surfaces. Be sure to dispose of the vacuum bag after each use to prevent re-infestation.
Another physical method for killing bed bugs is to steam them. A steam cleaner can reach high temperatures that will kill both adults and nymphs. Steaming is especially effective on hard surfaces such as floors and countertops.
If you suspect that bed bugs are hiding in cracks and crevices, you can use a dust aerosol specifically designed for this purpose. The dust will suffocate the insects and prevent them from coming out to feed on you at night.
Bed bug traps are also a physical method that can be used to kill these pests. These devices lure bed bugs in with a food source such as CO2 or heat, then trap them so they cannot escape. This prevents them from being able to bite you and feed on your blood.
Finally, one of the most effective physical methods for killing bed bugs is through freezing them. This can be done by using a commercial freezer or by placing infested items outside in very cold weather overnight. Either way, the extreme cold temperatures will kill both adults and nymphs alike.