How do you kill bedbugs?

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2013-10-29 18:20:28

Please be clear you are asking about bedbugs and not about dust

mites as it seems a lot of people on Wiki and elsewhere on the

internet get confused between the two. They are totally different.

Dust mites are harmless and can not be seen with the naked eye and

everybody's bed has them. Bedbugs can be seen with the naked eye

and give you nasty bites when you are asleep and leave nasty little

red marks over where they have bitten you. Very few people ever

have then in their bed. They are about the size of a small ant, and

they are reddish brown and flat looking and they move about the

same sped as an ant does.

Finding and killing bedbugs may take time and patience if you

are unlucky enough to have a major infestation affecting your bed.

But there are various ways of killing them. To find them you need

to search your mattress and bedding. They like to hide crevices and

cracks as well as inside your pillow case or in folds in your

sheets as well as in furniture and other items near your bed

including books. When you disturb one, such as when you make your

bed or tidy your bedroom, it will hurry away to find a new hiding

place so you may be able to vacuum it up, or else squash it with

your thumb before it gets away.

It may however be much easier and more effective to spray your

bed, bedding, mattress and everywhere around the bed thoroughly

with an appropriate insecticide. But of this is where you sleep

make sure you do not use an insecticide that is harmful to yourself

when you breathe it in, if you are to continue to use that bed

within 24 hours. If you do use an insecticide it is best to sleep

somewhere else for several nights, and after spraying open the

windows wide to get rid of the insecticide fumes from the bedroom.

Also more than one spraying operation is usually necessary as the

first time may not kill the lot.

If your mattress is heavily infested, if you can afford to, the

best way to kill them is to take your mattress outside into the

garden and burn it, But if you do so make sure you kill any bedbugs

you see falling off while carrying it out through your home. Then

you will need to buy a new mattress. If you think your bed linen

such as sheets, pillow cases and blankets are infested you can kill

them all in that by putting each in the microwave. It will only

take about 30 seconds to kill the lot once inside a microwave. Then

give the bed linen a boiling hot wash. But always keep a look out

for unhatched eggs which look just like a grain of salt stuck to

hard surfaces. If you find any, these need to be picked up with a

vacuum cleaner and the bag emptied well outside your home.

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