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Bed Bugs Guide

Bed Bugs are a type of insect that feast on blood and the reason we don’t see them is because they are most active at nights. A bed bug’s main source of food is blood. Although they prefer to drink human blood, they will also drink blood from other warm blooded mammals. After a bed bug consumes blood, they will crawl back to their hiding place which is usually in bed tufts, cracks and crevices.

During the early stages of an infestations, bed bugs tend to be located in very close association to beds and/or upholstered furniture. As their population increases in age and size, they will be more likely to wander into unpredictable areas and that’s how they spread to different parts.

A mated female bed bug will lay two to five eggs a day and about 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. Each egg takes about ten days to hatch. So you do the math and can see how fast bed bugs can spread when it’s not controlled.

Regardless of what professional pest exterminators say about the different types of bed bugs requirement different treatment or how it’s difficult to get rid of bed bugs, the only important fact is that it’s the same method to eliminate all bed bugs.

Here’s a basic illustration on where to check when you first start seeing bed bugs.

To treat bed bugs, it’s very simple but requires patience. No one knows your home better than you. Before treating for bed bugs, knowing where to inspect is important because you will need to focus on places that have bed bugs. When treating bed bugs, the most common method is using insecticide dusts, insecticide aerosol and liquid concentrates.

When using insecticide dusts, it’s important to pull back carpet from the baseboards and spot treat. Treat wall voids, behind light switches and socket covers. Places where you see cracks and crevices, put some dust there.

When using aerosol cans, it’s important to treat the furniture voids, behind picture frames, behind bed headboards, bed frames, carpeted surfaces, cracks and crevices. Apply the aerosol as a surface spray to mattress and box springs (for aerosols that are labeled for that type of use).

Liquid concentrates are usually the most effective but the most trouble because it requires you to mix the concentrate with water. When using liquid concentrates, it’s important to spot treat baseboards and floorboards with the liquid concentrates and use it as a surface spray to mattresses and box springs. Also where you see harborage sites and their trail, it’s important to spray in those places too.