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This summer’s hot weather hasn’t just given pasty Brits a few patches of highly unpleasant-looking sun burn and encouraged men to walk around without their tops on.

It’s also caused an increase in the number of bedbug infestations in Britain, which is particularly a problem in densely populated cities like London.

The hot weather means that the reproductive cycle of bedbugs is shortened from 18 to 21 days to a mere eight or nine days, meaning that they can lay more eggs in a shorter space of time.

Bedbugs are parasites. They’re tiny insects that like to live in the cracks and folds in and around your bed (hence the name).

At night, they crawl out of where they’ve been hiding to bite you and suck your delicious blood.

Populations used to be kept under control with pesticides like DDT, but as Dr. Ian Malcolm says: ‘Life finds a way’.

Bedbugs have developed defences to many of these chemicals, and are no longer affected by them.

Horrifyingly, you can pick bedbugs up in lots of ways, including from seats on public transport.

Tube seats, bus seats and train seats can all carry these pesky bloodsuckers, allowing you to unknowingly bring them home with you.

Bedbugs can be picked up from your workplace and they’re definitely a risk if you’re staying in a hotel.

Contrary to popular thought, bedbugs don’t thrive in dirt. Having a clean home doesn’t mean you’re at an advantage here, and bedbugs don’t mean your house is dirty.

Similarly, bedbugs are just as likely to appear in manky hostels as they are in five star hotels.

A certain social stigma exists around bedbug infestations, perhaps because it conjures up images of Victorian workhouses, but not everyone with bedbugs in their home even knows they’ve got them.

Do you have bedbugs?

According to the NHS, signs of a bedbug infestation include:

  • Itchy, red bites on your skin, although not everyone will get these. In severe cases, they might become fluid-filled blisters or cause a rash to appear.
  • Bites anywhere that’s exposed while you sleep, but particularly on your arms and shoulders because fleas and mites tend to bite your feet.
  • Tiny specks of black on your mattress. We hate to break this to you, but that’s bedbug poop.
  • The mottled shells of bedbugs that have been shed as the insect grows.
  • Tiny bugs or white eggs in the crevices and joints of your mattress, upholstered furniture or carpet. You can use your phone torch to check.
  • A musty, unpleasant smell in your bedroom.
  • Spots of blood on your sheets – this could be from crushing bedbugs as you move around in bed.

Bedbugs aren’t particularly fussy creatures, but they do prefer fabric or wood to plastic and metal.

They like to hide near where you sleep, so under your mattress, along the headboard of your bed or in the edges of the carpet near your bed are perfect bedbug hotspots.

Unfortunately, bedbug infestations are pretty hard to get rid of.

You should probably call in the professionals.

Get in touch with your local council, or call a pest control firm that’s accredited by the British Pest Control Association or the National Pest Technicians Association.

They will inspect your property and treat it either with insecticide, a steamer or rapid freeze system.

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You might be advised to throw away any heavily infested furniture, wash clothes and bedding at 60 degrees and vacuum thoroughly before disposing of the vacuum contents in a sealed bag.

Although bedbugs aren’t attracted to dirt, keeping your home decluttered can reduce the number of places bedbugs have to hide.

It’s tricky to avoid bringing bedbugs home on your clothes or luggage, but you can reduce your chances of having a severe infestation by checking your mattress regularly and avoiding bringing second hand furniture home, at least unless you’ve checked it super-thoroughly.

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Updated — September 7, 2019 / Eric Ronning

The bed bug resurgence in the United States has not been good for my sanity. I feel vaguely paranoid when I bring home a used piece of furniture or buy clothes from a consignment shop, and I’ve lain awake in more than one perfectly nice hotel room, imagining insects crawling across my skin –or worse–stowing themselves away in my luggage. I’m generally not this phobic about bugs, and can even name a few species that are more than welcome to live in my home in reasonably small numbers, but I’m pretty creeped out by the idea of being quietly fed on in my sleep.

I’m also concerned by bed bugs’ reputation as a stubborn pest. They’re excellent hiders, which means it’s difficult to be sure you’ve killed them all, and if you miss even a tiny pocket of the infestation, you’re destined to become a nightly blood donor again. Because there’s no one guaranteed way to get rid of bed bugs in the house, aside from inconvenient and expensive whole-house fumigation, eliminating them usually means combining several carefully orchestrated techniques, some of which may need to be periodically repeated. You’ll have much higher chances of success if you work with an experienced pest control service rather than trying to go it alone, so while you can attempt the following steps yourself, they’re intended more as a guide to what to expect from your exterminator. And remember, any time you depend on services from professionals be sure that they’re insured!

Signs of Bed Bugs

  • live adults about the size of a grain of rice
  • smaller, lighter-colored nymphs
  • clusters of tiny, oblong eggs
  • empty skins molted by bed bug nymphs
  • spots of undigested blood, ranging in color from red to black, on bedding or in the bugs’ hiding places
  • straight lines of red, possibly itchy bumps on areas of skin that have been exposed during the night
  • a sweet, musty odor

Best Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in the House

Locate the little bloodsuckers.

Bed bugs live in dry, dark places near the person they’re currently eating. Look for bugs, eggs, and telltale spots of undigested blood on all of your bedroom furniture, especially around seams and tears in your mattress and box spring and in the crevices of your bed, headboard, and nightstand; take furniture apart whenever possible. Check the seams and pockets of your pajamas and other clothing. Lift the edges of carpet and remove anything mounted or hung on the walls, including outlet covers, baseboards, and decorations. Dust a natural pyrethrin insecticide like PyGanic into cracks to flush bugs out, and set up corrugated cardboard traps or the Catchmaster Bed Bug Detection System. Adjacent rooms to every side, including above and below, should also be carefully checked for signs of infestation.

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Whenever you find bed bugs, vacuum them up.

Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and a bag rather than a canister. As soon as you finish sucking bugs into their dusty grave, remove the bag and seal it in plastic before throwing it away. Never store a vacuum cleaner for any length of time with bed bugs or their eggs inside it. In fact, the room or closet where you keep your vacuum cleaner should be thoroughly inspected for signs of bed bugs, in case you unwittingly transferred a few before you knew they’d invaded your home.

Kill bed bugs and their eggs with extreme heat.

Infested items that won’t be damaged by moisture can be blasted with a handheld steam cleaner. This is one of the safest and most effective ways to kill bed bugs residing on your mattress and box spring, which you should also protect with bug-proof encasements, such as the Allerzip covers made by Protect-A-Bed. Use similar covers for your pillows, which should first be either replaced or run through the dryer for at least 30 minutes on high heat. Once every week or two until the bed bugs are eliminated, wash your sheets, blankets, and clothing in hot water, then dry them on high heat.

Use insecticides carefully when battling bed bugs.

Because bed bugs live where you sleep, it’s important to avoid using pesticides that are toxic to humans. Instead, spray all crevices, edges of carpet, covered areas of walls, and other likely bed bug haunts with a residual pyrethroid like D-Force HPX. Dust diatomaceous earth or silica aerogel inside wall voids and along wiring, plumbing, and ducts to kill bed bugs en route to their hiding places or other rooms of the house. Never treat your bed with chemicals, and, as always when handling pesticides, follow the instructions on the label precisely. If all else fails, calling in a professional will help ease your sleep even more.

Eliminate warm-blooded pests from your home.

Bed bugs aren’t picky eaters; besides humans, they’ll also feed on dogs, cats, birds, bats, rodents, or any other warm-blooded animal that’s handy. In some cases, roosting bats or birds are actually the source of a bed bug infestation. At the very least, these pests can carry bed bugs from room to room, so it’s important to get rid of them. Any area of the house where you find birds or small mammals should also be inspected for signs of bed bugs.

Clean your room.

To a bed bug, a pile of laundry or stack of papers looks like an ideal place to nail a “Home Sweet Home” sign, so your bedroom, any other infested rooms, and the rooms adjacent to those should be thoroughly decluttered. The fewer hiding places you provide for bed bugs, the less likely it is that they’ll elude you during your seek and destroy missions. Wash laundry in hot water before putting it away, and seal trash in plastic bags before you toss it. Look closely at items that could be harboring bed bugs, and vacuum up any you find.

Tighten security.

Search high and low for cracks, gaps, and crevices in the walls and floors of infested areas of your house, and seal any you run across. Bed bugs are small and flat-bodied, and can even squeeze into tiny cracks you might be tempted to ignore, so be thorough. Start by dusting each crack with a residual powdered insecticide like DeltaDust or diatomaceous earth and vacuuming up any bed bugs that emerge. Then fill in the cracks with clear silicone caulk, which will flex along with the house as it responds to changes in temperature and humidity. You can order Delta Dust at Amazon.

The Nuclear Option

If you have some cash to throw around and another place to crash for a few days, have your house tented and fumigated. Structural fumigation is the only quick and entirely certain way to eliminate a bed bug infestation.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs

The bad news about bed bugs is that they know no social boundaries: they like the taste of clean people as much as unwashed ones, they can just as easily hide in a mahogany armoire as a particle-board dresser, and they’re about as likely to lurk in fancy hotels as shabby ones. The good news is that, by being knowledgeable and attentive, you can often avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.

  • Look carefully at used furniture before bringing it home to ensure that there are no bed bugs or bed bug eggs hidden in the nooks and crannies.
  • Check the seams and pockets of second-hand clothing before you buy it, looking for bed bugs as well as the small, dark blood spots they excrete before meals.
  • Whenever you stay in a hotel, no matter how classy or expensive it is, inspect your room for signs of bed bugs, and use a metal luggage rack to keep your stuff off the floor and the furniture.
  • Be vigilant about keeping warm-blooded pests out of your home — especially birds and, which can carry bed bugs and their nearly identical cousins, Eastern bat bugs.
  • You can also try deploying camphor tablets to chase away bed bugs. Amazon sells Camphor Block tablets here.

Bedbugs Make A Comeback

September 29, 2003 / 5:33 PM / AP

They creep quietly beneath bed sheets in the darkness of night, in search of a blood feast from an unsuspecting, slumbering host.

They engorge themselves with blood and disappear with the same stealth.

Once thought virtually eradicated in the United States, the bedbug is back.

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«An insect is living beside you while you sleep, it withdraws three times its body weight in your blood, it’s a psychological concern,» said Frank Meek, national pest control technical manager for Orkin.

By the end of 2002, the little bloodsuckers had been reported in at least 28 states. And that could be just the start of a much larger problem.

«It’s still at the beginning stages,» Kansas State University entomologist Ludek Zurek said of the bedbug’s return. «I’m predicting it’s going to get worse. Nobody knows why it’s coming back.»

Some say an increase in international travel is to blame.

Mike Lawton, a staff entomologist with Western Exterminator Co. in Irvine, Calif., said people from countries where bedbugs are rampant are staying in U.S. hotels and motels, bringing the insects with them.

«They’ve (bedbugs) had an incredible impact on high-end hotels,» he said. «You’ve got to keep it hush-hush. If the word ‘bedbug’ gets out, it scares a lot of people away.»

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Zurek said a majority of new cases reported in 2002 — 31 percent — were in hotels and motels. Of the remainder, 28 percent were in apartment complexes and dormitories; 25 percent were in single-family homes; and 16 percent were at other locations.

Bedbugs conceal themselves in mattresses, bedding, crevices in walls and floors, and even behind loose wallpaper. They are flat, wingless critters that are about the size of a small ladybug as adults, and they turn from pale brown to red brown after feasting. They don’t carry diseases.

A survey by Atlanta-based Orkin found that in each of the past three years, reported bedbug infestations in the United States increased. Bedbug reports to Orkin increased 300 percent between 2000 and 2001; 70 percent between 2001 and 2002; and 70 percent from 2002 to 2003.

«That’s just the calls I’m aware of,» Meek said.

Bedbugs, which are classified as ectoparasites, have been increasingly found in residences — and that spells trouble.

While hotels and motels must tackle a bedbug problem immediately for their financial well-being, individuals might not initially recognize a bedbug infestation in their homes. Even after a person realizes there’s a problem, he or she might not know how to fix it.

«Once they’re brought in, you need to deal with them quickly,» Lawton said. «Females can lay hundreds and hundreds of eggs. They go through their life cycle every 30 to 50 days, they stay hidden and are very hard to get to.»

Barry Eldridge, president of The Bug Clinic in Spring Valley, N.Y., said people who thought bedbugs were just a fairy tale are finding out otherwise.

«It’s not life or death, but it’s a public health matter because people are getting bit, and over time, someone who doesn’t recognize the problem can become quite ill,» Eldridge said.

Zurek said the signs of bedbug infestation are hard to miss.

«Not everyone will be rushing to report it, but if people have them, they’ll know because of the odor and the sheets will get dark and red because of the feces of the bedbugs,» he said.

Bedbugs can live up to a year without a meal, they thrive in hot places and their bite usually is undetected until a person gets out of bed, Lawton said.

«They inject a chemical that numbs you,» he said. «They feed on you and you don’t even know it.»

Zurek said bite marks usually show up as little red spots with a lighter red area around them. Unlike chigger bites that tend to be grouped in one area or pattern, bedbug bites can be all over a person.

Lawton said the best way to get rid of the pests is to hire an exterminator. He said over-the-counter spray insecticides only work if everything in a bedbug-infested room is taken apart and every tiny crack or crevice sprayed.

«Materials we use today don’t last as long as they used to,» Lawton said. «In the past when bedbugs were introduced to an area, the stuff used on cockroaches would do the trick. But we’ve switched to use a lot of baits for cockroach control, and that doesn’t work on bedbugs.»

By Bill Draper
By Bill Draper

First published on September 29, 2003 / 5:33 PM

© 2003 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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BedBug Guardian is very helpful for getting rid of the bug. It is an anti-bed detector kit. This bug killer system has a detector and an elimination powder. The detector will help you to find out the beg and the elimination powder will kill the bug. It is a natural and safe way to eliminate bug from your home.

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The glue in the diatoms is sharp which will make to stick and cut the abdomens and exoskeletons of arthropods. So the glue will stick into the bodies of the bug and will dehydrate and makes the bud die within a few days. If the customer has any complaint regarding their effectiveness the bedbug will also provide a 30-day money back guarantee to the clients.

How Does BedBug Guardian Works?

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The BedBug Guardian kit is designed after the research and clinically tested to ensure safety. It is manufactured in the USA. There are thousands of satisfied customers using in nationwide. After ordering this bug killer product in online you have to follow the instructions given by the company.

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How did it work?

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BedBug Guardian is a recommendable item. It is a financially saving approach to annihilate the irritating bloodsuckers from your home. It is a decent precaution of guaranteeing that no future pervasions happen. Additionally, on the off chance that you don’t get happy with BedBug Guardian, you can guarantee your cash through a discount approach.

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BedBug Guardian calls itself a deterrent gadget for killing bug pervasions. It doesn’t treat a current killing bug invasion. It just encourages you to keep a future episode from happening.

Why Home Remedies for Bed Bugs Are Your Only Option

Bed Bugs are a nightmare. These little bloodsuckers can last a year and a half without a meal. They work their way into the tiniest of spaces, hide out in your bedroom and furniture, and keep biting. The little pests are masters of disguise, sneakiness, and making things itchy. Bedbugs can be very difficult to get rid of but some best practices can make managing and eventually eliminating them a smaller mountain to climb.

You can recognize if you have bed bugs when either you notice bites after a night’s sleep or begin to notice blood smears or black fecal matter around your bed. Always check in and around mattress seams, in pillowcases, and the bedframe or headboard. A fully grown bedbug is about the size of Abraham Lincoln’s head on a US penny.

Foggers Don’t Work:

Because bed bugs are exceptional at hiding and enjoy living in small and secluded places, a bug bomb won’t work well. The aerosol mist from the fogger can’t make its way into the nooks and crannies where these bedbugs are hanging out. In addition to this, foggers can be dangerous and harm you and your family if not used properly. Using a fogger properly involves some serious planning and management: you need to keep you family and pets out of the house, you need to make sure you don’t have food in your home, you need to let your home air out afterwards, and if they don’t do the job, you can’t use them too frequently without endangering you or your family.

Fumigation is Expensive:

So the foggers aren’t the best choice, but what about the exterminator? Much of what he can do to help you get rid of bed bugs is rely on similar chemical pesticides to those in the foggers. If that doesn’t work, he may recommend fumigating your home. The problem here is similar to those with foggers, there are parts of your home where bedbugs might be hiding that won’t be affected by fumigation. In addition, fumigation treatment for your home can run you thousands of dollars, and makes it a completely unviable option for many people suffering with a bed bug infestation.

Homemade Sprays Are Limited:

There are lots of places around the internet that will tell you they have an amazing homemade spray you can use to combat bed bugs. They are often touted as a solution you can make in your home at a minimal cost and are effective at killing bed bugs. The problem is, most of these recipes will kill bed bugs only when they are treated directly. You have to find them and spray them. This can present a huge problem for actually tackling your bed bug infestation. It can be a great secondary tool for when you encounter an actual bed bug, but outside of that situation, these sprays won’t help much.

Diatomaceous Earth Works:

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a great all-round choice for combatting bed bugs. This non-chemical pesticide defeats bed bugs’ ever growing resistance to chemical pesticides. This bed bug powder is all-natural and safe to use around you and your family, so there should be no worries about getting a little on your hands, or sitting somewhere that has been treated with it. You should actually sit in places that have been treated with this pesticide because it will help kill any potential bed bug hitchhikers.

How does it work?

DE looks and feels like a fine white powder but if you looked at it under a microscope, you would see hundreds of tiny shards. To humans, these shards are inconsequential; to insects like bedbugs, they are like shards of glass. DE punctures insects’ exoskeletons and absorbs their internal fluids dehydrating them quickly and effectively.

Why is it a good choice?

The powder is so fine that it can be easily worked into furniture and applied in tight spaces easily, this makes it ideal for combatting an infestation which likes to hide out in places foggers cannot reach. DE is safe to use around your family by any measure and won’t harm you, your family or pets. It’s a cost effective option which can also deter future infestations when combined with some best practices for handling bedbugs.

Best Practices:

In any bed bug situation you need to follow some of the common best practices. Regardless of how you choose to treat your home, these methods are necessary to have any success combating bed bugs.

These best practices include thoroughly cleaning your home using a vacuum and steam cleaner; washing all of your linens and clothes and storing them in airtight containers; and «hunting» for bed bugs around your home. Dismantle your bed or furniture as much as possible and vacuum your way around the pieces. Go back over the same areas and other crevices with a steamer. Wash and dry any fabric on a high heat before storing to help get rid of bed bugs and their eggs.

These best practices when combined with an all-natural bed bug powder like diatomaceous earth put you in the strongest position to win back your home and keep your family safer, happier, and healthier.

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