Getting rid of bed bugs can be a tiring and tedious task. Because bed bugs are really annoying, people who live with bed bugs in their homes, desperately find and adopt measures to eliminate bed bugs.
So the question is persistent, just like their subjects—bed bugs. So how do you get rid of bed bugs?
The easy step
The easiest step would also fall to be the most stupid. This means will only require your utmost patience and perseverance.
You will have to look out and capture bed bugs when they come out of their habitats. That would mean, you will have to stay up all night because bed bugs usually come out and hunt food in the wee hours of the night. That is the time they feel their hosts will be more vulnerable.
Bed bugs can be pretty smart. But their smart behaviors are only products of their desire to survive. They come out of night because they can be sensitive to light. Instincts are instilled at them that light means danger.
Surely, during daytime, their exposure would only give them more risks. It is because however tiny they are, they can still be spotted in broad daylight.
So the easiest step would be to look out and capture bed bugs, one by one. After capturing them, squash them so they will not survive. Pretty gross. But hey, bed bugs are so tiny, blood and viscera squirming out of their tiny bodies will tend to be unnoticeable.
The dangerous way
If there is an easy yet stupid way, there is the efficient, yet sure and deadly way to get rid of bed bugs. This is through using insecticides or pesticides.
There are three groups of pesticides available in the market for the sole purpose of exterminating unwanted bed bugs. Look at them closely.
One, pesticides can be in the form of insecticidal dusts. These group of pesticides are characterized by the existence or presence of ground or pulverized glass and silica powder. Hence, they are dust.
The dust attacks bed bugs by destroying their outermost waxy protective coats. These coats are like coating that make up the skin of bed bugs. They serve as helmets.
Insecticidal dusts have chemicals with them. Once the bed bugs’ protective coats are ruined, the chemicals will set in and poison or dry out the bed bugs’ systems.
Second, there are contact insecticides. Contact insecticides are pesticides that should be applied to infested areas or surfaces. You will find that this group is very effective in getting rid of bed bugs.
But they also pose downsides. For one, contact insecticides are repellant in nature. Meaning, they stink so effectively to the insects’ senses, that they can easily sense presence of insecticides.
That characteristic of contact insecticides makes it less effective. Since it is repellant, it is not sure and guaranteed that bed bugs will be gotten rid of. They simply may avoid contact with applied surfaces. Hence, they will try to find another more conducive habitat.
Third and last group will be the insect growth regulators. This group is aimed at getting rid of bed bugs while they still are in early stages.
IGRs will attack or poison young bed bugs, or their eggs. By doing that, it is guaranty that no new generation will spurt out. The only problem and mess the complainant will have to deal with are the adult bed bugs.
Use of IGRs as pesticides can be effective, yet so much time and patience is required. As the saying goes, this measure is ‘slowly but surely.’
The most effective and safest way
If you are smart and practical at the same time, you will resort to seeking professional help as you aim to finally get rid of bed bugs.
Pest control experts and companies are overflowing in your locality, just lie how bed bugs’ population is overflowing in your bed and room.
Pest control experts know what to do to get rid of bed bugs effectively. They are more familiar to the proper chemicals and pesticides. That is why risks of poisoning yourself and your house mates can be ruled out.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be easy, if you only know how to. The safest and most effective way is to contact pest exterminators, and pronto! You can get rid of your unlikely bed mates.