Learn how to identify and get rid of bed bugs fast! These proven, organic and natural techniques work just as well, if not better, than the toxic stuff.
for Bed Bugs
Found worldwide, the common bed bug (cimex lectularius) is a blood-sucking insect that feeds mostly on humans, but is also known to attack birds, bats and other animals. Bites occur mostly at night and are generally painless when inflicted. However, fluids that are injected during feeding often produce painful welts on the skin that itch and may become severely irritated. As pest numbers increase, more bites occur, and the problem can become progressively worse (often very quickly).
Adults (1/4 – 3/8 inch long) are oval-shaped, reddish brown insects that are wingless and flat. After a meal, they become swollen and elongated when engorged with blood. Eggs are white and are about 1/32 inch long. Newly hatched nymphs are the same shape as adults, but are yellowish-white in color.
Active at night, female bed bugs lay white eggs in batches of 10 to 50 on bedding and in cracks and crevices. Under favorable conditions one adult female can lay as many as 200-250 eggs over her lifetime. Young nymphs hatch in about 10 days and use their beak-like mouthparts to feed on hosts. It takes 1-2 months for nymphs to become mature adults. Adult bugs can live a year or longer (most live about 10-11 months) and there may be three or more overlapping generations per year.
Note: While bed bugs carry human pathogens, it has not been shown that they transmit these diseases to humans or animals.
- Determine if bed bugs are present with the Bed Bug Trap monitoring device.
- If present, wash linens, vacuum cracks and crevices to provide long-lasting protection against many insect pests.
- Apply temporary barriers to keep crawling insects from migrating into the bed at night. Often this can be achieved by placing bed legs in containers full of soapy water or by spreading a 2-3 inch layer of petroleum jelly around them.
- Caulk cracks and other daytime hiding places found around frames, floors and moldings.
- Remove or eliminate animal nests, such as bird nests or bat roosts, from your house. These animal habitats may be the source of the infestation.
- Spray Orange Guard, made from citrus peel extract, to kill on contact. Approved for organic use, Orange Guard is a broad spectrum insect killer that’s safe to use indoors and out. Repeat applications may be necessary.
- Diatomaceous earth contains no toxic poisons and works quickly on contact. Apply lightly around baseboards and in cracks and crevices where many pests are found.
- Least-toxic botanical insecticides should be used as a last resort. Derived from plants which have insecticidal properties, these natural pesticides have fewer harmful side effects than synthetic chemicals and break down more quickly in the environment.
Tip: During the day these biting pests hide under folds in mattresses, along seams and in between bed posts and slats. At night they are on the move and can often be found by checking on and under sheets.
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