Bed bugs are highly mobile parasitic insects that have enjoyed an upsurge in population from more than just survival to thriving. Bed bugs have gained an increase in population along with the increase in international travel and trade of its hosts, primarily, humans. How to kill bed bugs would start with questions about where they are found. Essentially, bed bugs can survive anywhere.From 2002 through 2006, an estimated 700 hotels participated in a pest management survey. The survey concluded that 25% of the hotels were infested with bed bugs. Bed bugs typically live in beds, which is how the common name was derived. However, bed bugs hide out until evening wherever they can. This includes hiding in clothing and luggage.
Bedding treatment options for bed bugs include silk comforters and the use of bed bug proofed box spring and mattress encasements. Rip resistant and escape proof bed bug encasements are most effective. The encasements require use for at least one year to deny bed bugs sustenance. According to the National Pest Management organization reports bugs can live for more than a year without food. Mattresses sprayed with pesticide before encasement are ill-advised according to professionals, who also advise that zippers on encasements allow an escape hatch for bugs.
Prevention of transporting bed bugs from travel to home would include using a luggage rack to keep luggage from contacting a bed or furniture until it can be encased. Following travel, luggage and contents should be incubated. Apply bed bug treatments, including vacuuming luggage both inside and outside, and seams. Laundering clothing using bed bug treatment methods is advised.
Laundering clothes, bedding, and rugs in hot water wash and drying on high heat is effective against bed bugs and eggs. If unable to wash linen daily, spray with rubbing alcohol, dry in high heat dryer for 30 minutes. Use dissolvable laundry to transport infested items to the laundry, and for transport from the laundry, use a clean plastic sealed bag. No insecticides are labeled to treat bedding or linen for bed bugs. Among options are replacing or disposing of infested furniture. Wood furniture can be replaced with metal furniture. Wall and wood cracks can be caulked. Bed bugs and eggs can be sprayed with rubbing alcohol. Vigilantly vacuum living space, including furniture. Be sure to change bags and clean out vacuum outside to prevent bugs from escaping through holes back into home. Empty contents of vacuum cleaner into a sealed plastic bag. Among heat treatments are using a hair dryer and iron for spot heating, and ambient heat of one hundred thirty to one hundred forty Fahrenheit when isolating items and spaces
Use of a portable fabric steamer is less expensive than fumigation, and an effective bedbug and egg treatment. Expert fumigation kills eggs, nymphs and adult bed bugs. The Professional Pest Management Alliance estimated over six million homeowners contracted pest professional for the first time during a six year period. Low-odor sprays, dusts, and aerosols are among professional bedbug treatments. When bed bugs bite, sometimes it pays to call the pest experts for lessons on how to kill bed bugs.