Killing Bed Bugs

 

Bed bugs are one of several blood-sucking insects that feed off humans and can infest our living spaces. Bed bugs have been in the news for the past few years because the level of infestation in major cities is out of control. Hotels, homes, hospitals and even offices have become infested with these unpleasant biting insects.


Bed bugs have feed on humans for thousands of years, and they can bite during the day as well as at night. They can feed while their victim is unaware, leaving bite marks and skin rashes behind as evidence.

 

Do You Really Have Bed Bugs?


The first symptom that most victims of bed big infestations notice is usually bite marks on their legs, feet and abdomen. These are the easiest targets for the bugs who can live in between the mattress and box spring or the mattress and the wall. During the night, they dart out to drink blood before retreating to their hiding places. Depending on the hiding place, the bite marks may be found on the arms and face as well as the lower body.


However, diagnosing an infestation also requires some sign that bed bugs are present. If the infestation is in your bed, remove the sheets and look for sings of the insects. Small black dots on the sheets is a telltale sign that bed bugs have been there.


If possible, look under the mattress, or under the cushions for a couch or chair, and see if any bugs are visible. Bedbugs are brown, are oval in shape and have a flattened appearance. Young bedbugs are a translucent brown that turns into a darker brown as they grow.

 

Killing Bed Bugs


Bed bugs must be eradicated from wherever they appear for the health of everyone in the building. Whether it’s a bedroom or a cubicle, bed bugs can cause discomfort, skin irritation, emotional stress and allergic reactions.


Both preventing an infestation and killing the existing bugs are vital parts of ridding your home or office of this scourge. Steam cleaners are often used to kill bed bugs, with poisons and smothering bags also used to exterminate them. For a large infestation that doesn’t respond to other treatments, an exterminator should be called.

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