So you are ready to get rid of those little Cimcidae, a.k.a. BEDBUGS! They are found in your bed, sofa, couches, recliners, etc. Interestingly enough they survive off our dead skin cells and any other form of human blood. There are nocturnal creatures and are highly active just before sunrise according to Wikipedia. Their bites can look like red or white puffed up little masses (like a mosquito bit) on your skin’s epidermis layer (the top layer) and can be itch.
To understand how to get rid these little creatures it’s best to first understand how they came to habitat in your bed in the first place. Bedbugs love to live in warm, higher carbon dioxide rich air and a place where there is a great source of food, your blood! This little vampire-like blood thirsty creaters, since they are so minuscule, are able to survive off your dead skin cells (your dry blood) for their lifetime of around nine to eighteen months since you and others will likely be feeding them every time someone lies or sits down on your furniture.
Now if you live in a colder climate or have a winter where the temperature drops below zero degrees Celsius, you are at an advantage. This is because the key to killing bedbugs is placing your mattress, box spring, sofa, recliner, etc. outside for one night, preferable covered with a plastic drape and/or on a night when it’s not snowing or hailing. The cold weather will freeze the Cimcidaes dead. After, if you have the money you can take your furniture to a professional cleaner to wash out the dead bedbugs. Alternatively, you can vacuum your furniture and/or mattress to expunge any remaining insect tissues left behind.
For those of you who don’t have access to the wonderful weather of winter there is the other side of the sword, extreme heat. By placing your items outside on a day where it is extremely hot, this will fry the insect into a crispy golden brown- DEAD! The cautious side of this is that you want to pick a day where it is a dry hot. The moisture in the air can, in the long term, create mold, which can compromise your immune system to be able to fight other common bacteria and viruses your body fights on a regular basis. Long exposure to bedbugs can have the same affect on your immune system, which is why it is very important to remove bedbugs on a routine basis, at least every six months.
Another methods of removing bedbugs would be to rent a steam cleaner set to very low moisture rating or you can also purchase a bag of algae-soil called diatomaceous earth. The algae injuries the bedbugs when they come in contact with the soil by cutting up their bodies like mini razors. This soil is great for spreading in areas, which have a high likelihood of bedbugs, but it’s not the most accessible area of the house or the item is very difficult to clean and/or remove from the home e.g. carpet around heavy stationary bedposts.
To keep the amount of bedbugs limited clean your sheets often, vacuum furniture weekly, if not more, shower regularly, keep pets off the furniture, and think about placing hard wood floors or tiles down instead of carpets and shaggy rugs. Certain hack tips can be adopted for reducing spiders from the walls of the house. Peppermint oils hack to prevent spiders entering home. All these tips will help you not only keep the bedbugs away but, will improve your whole body health now and for the future.