Bedroom Bugs: Why You Should Take Action Quickly
The problem of bedroom bugs is common, but that doesn’t mean it is not a serious issue. It’s true – bed bugs are not harmful, but they can cause much trouble. As bed bugs feed on our blood, they frequently come out at night to bite us. If bed bugs are present in your room, you can have trouble sleeping or maintaining it. Bed bug bites are itchy, and it is possible to develop an infection when you scratch. So, bed bugs are a big nuisance, one that requires immediate attention. In case you aren’t sure whether your bedroom is infested with bed bugs, check for the common infestations symptoms (discussed below). If even after that you aren’t sure, it would be best to ask a professional service to visit your home and carry an inspection.
- 1 Getting Rid of Bedroom Bugs
- 2 Bed Bug Facts You Should Know
- 3 What are Bedroom Bugs?
- 4 Information on Bedbugs
- 5 How Often do Bed Bugs Reproduce?
- 6 Do Bed Bugs Stay on People?
- 7 Bed Bugs Infestation
- 8 How to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Bedroom
- 9 Can I Bug-Bomb My Bedroom?
- 10 How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Bedroom?
- 11 Bed Bug Spray
- 12 Bed Bug Powder
- 13 Bed Bug Inceptors
- 14 Conclusion
Getting Rid of Bedroom Bugs
Bugs in the bedroom can make life difficult. While bed bugs don’t spread disease, they can prevent you from enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep.
There are many different ways to kill bedroom bugs. You can use chemical or natural products. In this section, we will look at some top natural products, which, unlike chemical products, are hundred percent safe.
If you believe your bedroom is infested with bed bugs, it is important that you don’t delay taking action because any delay will only make matters worse, and treating a full-blown infestation is often a big challenge.
Here are some natural products you can use to kill bed bugs effectively:
Lavender Essential Oil
Did you know that bugs hate lavender oil’s smell? That’s why lavender essential oil makes for an effective bed bug killing product. You can use lavender oil for clearing away bed bug infestation in many ways.
You can make a spray solution by mixing a little bit of lavender oil in a cup of water or some carrier oil. Then sprinkle the solutions generously in your bedroom, especially around those hard-to-reach areas.
Another useful method is steam, which kills bed bugs, as well as their eggs. You can use a portable steamer for this purpose.
Thyme has powerful antimicrobial properties, making it a strong bed killing solution. Take a cotton cloth, tie a thyme stick to it and burn it close to the infested area. Alternatively, you can place some thyme leaves in net bags and put these net bags close to the areas where bed bugs seem to be present.
Take a handful of mint leaves, crush and sprinkle them around those parts of the bedroom where bed bugs are likely to be hiding, like corners of the bed, around your furniture, etc.
Black Walnut Tea
You can purchase black walnut tea bags and place them around the infested parts. As these leaves have strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, they are effective in eradicating bugs.
Another way to use black walnut tea is by preparing an herbal sachet containing other ingredients. Take one part of lavender, two parts sweet flag, one part mint, 3 parts black walnut, and 3 parts thyme. When mixed, these herbs have such a potent smell, that bed bugs are compelled to leave their hiding places quickly.
Bed Bug Facts You Should Know
To beat the enemy (read: bed bug), you should first know all about it. Here’s everything that you needed to know about these pesky, little creatures who love to feed on human blood.
What are Bedroom Bugs?
These are tiny, wingless insects that feed only on human blood and the blood of other warm-blooded animals. The scientific name of bed bugs is Cimex lectularius.
Newborns are called nymphs or hatchlings. They are very small but visible, no bigger than a poppy seed. Adult bed bugs can be up to .25 inches long. So, as to the question, can you see bed bugs with the naked eye, the answer is YES.
Bed bugs are called so because of their penchant for living in our homes. Bed mattresses are the favorite living place of these wingless insects, hence the name bed bugs. Other places where they love to hide include sofas, drawers, cracks and crevices on the wall, and bed corners.
Bed bugs have a deep brown, burnt orange, light tan or color. Their body color usually appears dark red after feeding. When disturbed, bed bugs instinctively run to deep cracks and fissures.
As far as spotting bed bugs are concerned, the easiest sign is rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets. As said above, bed bugs love to hide in bed mattresses. They are most active at night.
If bed bugs infest your bed mattress, the chances are high that some of them would be killed under your body pressure as you twist and turn in sleep.
So if you see rusty or reddish stains on the bed sheets upon waking up, you can be pretty sure, you’ve got a bed bug problem.
Of course, bed bug bites is another sign of infestation. However, it is not the easiest sign, because bed bug bites look pretty much like other insects’ bites.
An appearance of reddish, flat welts either in zigzag lines or small clusters points toward bed bug infestation. Sometimes these insects also bite in a straight line.
Another tell-tale sign is an appearance of bed bug eggs, feces (reddish brown or dark brown droppings), or live bed bugs. You are most likely to see these signs in the corner of your bed, dresser, desk, and drawers.
Information on Bedbugs
Did you know that bed bugs feed most at about an hour before sunrise?
Bed bugs are most active just before sunrise, and that’s their peak feeding time. Having said that, bed bugs can feed at any time, whenever hunger strikes them and whenever there’s an opportunity to satisfy hunger. However, typically, bed bugs like nighttime best and avoid being active in the daytime.
Two things attract bed bugs to us: the presence of carbon dioxide in the breath and our warmth. They reach to their host by climbing a wall to reach the ceiling and then jumping down on the host the moment they feel heat wave or by crawling in an almost straight line.
Bed bugs use two hollow tubes to feed. When they bite, these two tubes are pierced into the host’s skin.
Through one tube saliva is released, containing anesthetics that ensure the host doesn’t feel anything and anticoagulants that ensure the blood has no problem in flowing out. And through the other tube, the bug sucks the blood.
Usually, bugs feed after every few days, 5-10 days. However, they can go without food for several months. When food is absent, bed bugs can turn dormant for more than a year. The typical lifespan of a bed bug is 6-9 months.
These insects reproduce through hypodermic insemination, also called traumatic insemination. The male bed bugs insert their genital organ at any part of the abdomen of the female bug and release their sperm. The sperm travels through female’s tissues to reach the ovaries, leading to fertilization.
How Often do Bed Bugs Reproduce?
The answer is that a female bed bug on average lays about five eggs in a day and approximately 500 in her lifetime. Bed bug eggs can be seen with the naked eye and possess a milky-whitish tinge. So not only are bedbugs visible to the human eye, even their eggs are big enough to be seen with a naked eye.
The bug eggs usually take about 14 days to hatch. To reach the stage of maturity, bedbug babies (also known as nymphs) must pass through 5 molting stages. At room temperature, a nymph takes approximately five weeks to become mature.
Do Bed Bugs Stay on People?
As said before, bed bugs love to feed on human blood or other warm-blooded animals. So, they live close to where humans and/or animals are present. That’s why they are so commonly found in homes.
However, unlike lice, which too are wingless like bed bugs, they don’t stay on people.
Bed bug bites are not painful. This is because bed bugs release anesthetic when they bite. However, it is possible to develop a slight allergic reaction to bug bites. In rare cases, people develop an intense allergic reaction.
Unlike flea bites, the bites of bed bugs don’t generally have a reddish dot in the middle. Bug bites often don’t become visible until several days.
Just like fleas, bed bugs prefer biting in rows, with usually 2-3 bites in a row. Approximately 50 percent of individuals don’t show any symptoms when bitten by bedbugs, making it all the harder to identify bug infestation quickly. The problem is confounded by the fact that bed bug bites don’t appear unique; they are not much different than flea bites, and so it is not easy to identify bug infestation simply by looking at the bites.
Bed bug bites are itchy, so there’s a tendency to scratch. Bed bugs don’t transmit disease, but when you scratch bed bug bites, there’s a possibility of scarring the bite site or getting skin infections. An anaphylactic reaction to bug bites, although not impossible, is exceedingly rare.
Majority of bed bug bites resolve in 7-14 days. You can ameliorate symptoms of bed bug bites through treatment, such as:
- Topical creams
- Avoid scratching
- Using an oral antibiotic in case of a skin infection as a result of scratching
- Using an oral corticosteroid or antihistamine in case of an intense allergic reaction
Bed Bugs Infestation
When dealing with bed bug infestation, the first thing you need to do is decide how bad the infestation is. If the infestation is not severe, you can well go solo. However, if the infestation is severe, it would be best to opt for professional help.
Pick a professional service that is reputable have a good track record and prepared to offer a free quote. Don’t forget to discuss the method which the company will use to make your home bed bug free. While professional companies use many different types of methods to kill bed bug population, perhaps the most popular method remains heat treatment.
Heat treatment is completely safe. It doesn’t leave any toxic residual so that you can rest easy on this count. And it is extremely useful too. At high temperature, not only bed bugs but also their eggs perish.
According to research bed bugs, as well as their eggs, die immediately at 122°F (50°C) or within about 30 minutes at 118°F (48°C). Professionals use special equipment to raise the temperature of a room and maintain it for several hours. This procedure typically lasts for about 6-8 hours.
Apart from heat treatment, professionals also use chemical products. There are over 300 chemicals approved for bug killing. It is possible that your provider might want to use a combination of heat treatment and chemical treatment, especially if the infestation is severe. Before consenting to chemical treatment, discuss the possible risks associated with it and the steps you can take to minimize those risks.
How to Keep Bed Bugs Out of Bedroom
Bed bugs enter your home from outside. So there’s only one way of preventing them from entering your home. Here are some tips to help you keep bed bugs out of your bedroom:
- Close all their entry points, which usually are crooks and crevices in the wall. They can also enter your home through open doors, especially back door, and windows.
- Bed bugs are notorious hitchhikers. They quickly and surreptitiously attach themselves to your clothing or luggage when you stay in a place that’s infested with bed bugs. That’s why you must double check a room after checking in but before opening your luggage.
- Bed bugs can enter your home when you buy used furniture. If you are purchasing second-hand furniture, don’t forget to check for bed bugs first.
- Bed bugs can enter your home with any used clothing you buy. The first thing you must do upon entering the house is to throw them in the washing machine and wash and dry them at a high temperature.
Can I Bug-Bomb My Bedroom?
Another effective method to kill bed bugs is bug bombs. They work by releasing pyrethrin in the air, which in turn kills bugs, including bed bugs on clothes and in the bed mattresses.
However, you should be careful while using them as they are not completely safe. As these bombs have aerosols which are very inflammable, there’s a risk of fire hazard.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Your Bedroom?
There are many ways to make your bedroom bug-free. You can opt for commercial bed bug killing products, use natural methods—which we have discussed above—or call in the experts, who obviously will use special procedures to kill bed bugs.
Before you launch an attack on bed bugs, either using natural products or chemical solutions, you first need to prepare your bedroom.
You can do this by following the steps listed below:
Once you’ve done these steps, you are now all set to remove bed bugs in bed and from other places in your room. We discussed some very effective natural ways of killing bed bugs. Now let’s look at three chemical-based products which effectively remove bed bug infestation.
Bed Bug Spray
Bed bug spray, available in different varieties, is an effective way of kill bed bugs. Depending on your need and preference, you can choose one which you think will work best for you.
Bug sprays have one advantage over some other chemical-based bug-killing products. They are usually safe to use, or rather they are not as harmful as many other chemical solutions. But there is a drawback, too. Most bed bug sprays work through direct contact only—there’s an exception, though (discussed ahead).
In case you want a spray that’s completely safe, go for an organic bed bug spray. Such bed bug sprays are completely safe and so are a very good option for homes with young kids and pets.
On the other hand alcohol-based bug sprays are suitable for homeowners who’re looking for an affordable, effective bug spray which is not toxic. With that said, you should avoid alcohol-based bug sprays if you’ve young children, because they are inflammable.
You might also want to consider aerosol sprays, which are more effective than any other type of bed bug spray. That’s because these sprays have a residual action, unlike other bug sprays. In other words, it continues to work long after you’ve sprayed it.
Bed Bug Powder
Bug powders are more effective than bug sprays at killing bed bugs and that’s why more people prefer to use them. Unlike bug sprays which have an insecticidal action, bug powders have a mechanical action, reducing the chances of bed bugs becoming resistant to them.
Another advantage bug powders have over bug sprays is that they have a residual action. That is, they work even after they have been sprayed. The same, however, cannot be said about most bug sprays, which work only through contact.
Last but not the least, bug powders have the ability to kill other pets, such as ants, cockroaches, and fleas. Whereas, bug sprays work only on bed bugs.
Bed Bug Inceptors
If you are looking for bug-killing product that’s hundred percent safe and effective, look no further than bed bug inceptors.
Bug inceptors are specially-designed cups, usually of plastic, which contains no pesticides. These inceptors are coated with non-toxic talcum powder to ensure that bugs which fall into the cup has no chance of making an escape.
Effective as bed bug inceptors are, there use is a little limited. They cannot be used in all places, for instance, you won’t put a bug inceptor inside a drawer with clothes. Moreover, they alone are not likely to remove all the bugs present in your bedroom. At best, they can be used as a supporting product. Nevertheless, they are sufficiently useful, especially if you regularly spot bed bugs around the corners of your bed and furniture. And as they are completely safe, you can use them without any worry if you have young children.
First thing first. It goes without saying, that if you have bed bugs in your home, you must immediately tackle them. Delaying action will only thing first and a problem which could’ve been handled using do-it-yourself products might then require professional intervention, which is significantly costlier.
Before killing bed bugs on your clothes and elsewhere, it is essential you prepare your bedroom for the task. Next, pick a product that best suits your needs. Once you’ve have made your bedroom and entire home bed bug free, take precautionary measures to ensure bed bugs never again gain an entry into your home.
While you can tackle mild bed bug infestation on your own, any severe infestation requires professional intervention. Go with a provider with an impeccable track record if you need to go this route.