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The Elimination Of Bed Bugs

By Owen Jones_

It is doubtful that you grew up with bed bugs and the chances of you having come across one over the last fifteen years is still reasonably slender, but the chances are increasing. In some parts of the world’s inner cities, the incidence of bed bug encounters has risen by up to 100% per annum since the year 2000. Another report says that of 700 hotels surveyed, twenty-five percent of them had issues relating to bedbug infestation.

The key problem with bed bugs is their detection. Not everyone has a reaction to bed bug bites and if they do, it can take up to nine days to develop. That means that you could easily reprimand a hotel for the infestation, when you were bitten thousands of miles away on a different continent.

This can be a real difficulty if you travel a great deal. Then there is the reality that bedbug bites are not easily perceptible. There is no red mark in the middle of the swelling as with mosquito bites, but they are often in rows of three, just like flea bites.

The good news is that although bedbugs are capable of passing on human diseases, they never have done so far to date. However, it is a frightening possibility, if it ever were to happen.

The bad news is that they are hardly affected by ordinary domestic insecticides. This is because bed bugs have become almost immune to the average pesticides available on the shelf in your supermarket. Bedbugs also have a waxy top coat, which inhibits contact insecticides from being totally successful in killing them.

Therefore, the most effective bedbug killers attempt to remove this waxy top coat. Some bedbug sprays do this by including powered glass or powdered silica, which sticks itself to that waxy coat. As the insect squeezes itself into narrow cracks, the powder abrades the wax. This then allows the pesticides to do their work. The downside of this approach is that it will take quite a few days to get rid of them.

Professional bedbug exterminators use steam to eradicate an infestation these days. This is because no phase of the bed bug’s life, egg, nymph or adult can withstand temperatures above 45c. If you want to try getting rid of your bedbugs yourself, you could hire a wall paper steam stripper or buy a hot air paint stripper. These will generate a temperature sufficient to kill bedbugs.

The locations where bedbugs like to hide are behind loose skirtings and architraves, in cracks in plaster and behind rips in wall paper. Their number one favourite of all time though is inside a damaged or frayed mattress. They like to be as near to their hosts as possible, which is something to keep in mind, when you go looking for bed bugs’ hiding places.

The other method of solving your bed bug problem is to call in the experts. This is also the best, if the most expensive, method of doing it, but at least you will know that your bedbug problem is over and you should get a guarantee too.

Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on many subjects, but is currently concerned with bed bugs spray. If you are interested in this, please go over to our website now at Picture Of Bed Bugs for further information.

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