Simple Bed Bug Elimination
The purpose of this short, easy-to-follow article is to share a simple, safe and effective bed bug treatment plan that really works for me and will work for you and anyone else you care about who is infested with bloodsucking bed bug colonies. More good news is that it is non-toxic and also effective against other smaller unwanted personal pests that are attracted or passed on to our beds, such as scabies, mites and lice.
Since it was banned, DDT is no longer available because it potentially killed and damaged more things than insects. In its absence, there is a real shortage of effective pesticides to kill bed bugs.
The use of other toxic pesticides in or around beds or daycare centers is especially discouraged. Use an environmentally friendly, non-toxic spray for active nests and anywhere you think bed bugs are found.
This bed bug elimination strategy is simple but should be applied diligently to eliminate bed bugs. They hide well, feed sporadically, travel between apartments and in luggage, and have become more resistant to standard hazardous pesticides.
1) Carefully inspect living areas on a routine basis, particularly in and around sleeping areas.
2) Spray non-toxic, environmentally friendly bed bug killing enzymes daily for at least three weeks under and around each bed (to break the breeding cycle).
3) Use bedding covers that are bedbug proof.
4) Be prepared for bed bug prevention when traveling.
Where should you look for bed bugs? The short answer is everywhere! The long answer is that they can be found in and around the mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, footboard, dresser, bedside tables, clocks, computers, pictures on the wall, baseboard. Look for brown spots on the mattress. This could be dried blood or fecal matter. Also look for dry skin that occurs during the bed bug molting process.
Of the non-toxic, eco-friendly sprays that kill bed bugs on contact, the best are FDA (g.r.a.s.) sprays, which means that the entire contents are “generally recognized as safe. You must be persistent.
If bed bugs are nesting inside your bedding, it’s a good decision to use mattresses, box springs and environmentally friendly pillowcases that have been lab tested for bed bugs. Mattresses and spring mattresses can be semi-permanently encapsulated in special bedbug-proof mattress covers.
Once installed, inspect the covers to make sure they are not damaged; if you find any holes or breaks, seal them completely with permanent tape. Any insects trapped inside these sealed bags will eventually die. Continue to spray the surfaces of the liners. Easier to use and more environmentally friendly bed bug wrap products can now be found online. Many commercially available bedding covers are not bed bug proof.
Eliminate bed bugs by thoroughly cleaning infested rooms and then the entire residence. Strip the bedding and spray a cloud of non-toxic, green solution over every inch of the surfaces of pillows, mattresses and frames. Allow to dry. Separate and turn the mattress while spraying the box springs, top, sides and bottom.
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