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Bed bugs have proved a nuisance over years. Every sun rise as the most intelligent creatures of the world device new ways to exterminate the insects, they seem to outwit us and device new means of survival. Its very crucial to understand what they are as we seek to eradicate them.
What they are;
Bed bugs are small oval shaped, wingless, six-legged parasitic insects which are look like fleas and small cockroaches. It is mostly brown and looks like a squeezebox. They suck blood from both human beings and animals hence can be found on any residential place such as homes, hotels, student dormitories, motels and guest houses. They are no respecter of hygiene hence can infest any type of residence as their primary need is blood. They are confined in the bed room hence the name bed bug but can also be found in living rooms or closets.
What favours their survival?
They like breeding in any furniture that is made from fabric and wood. Besides, they like a warm and most environment though they can adapt and survive in a cold environment. They are too clever that they take advantage of their small size and squeeze themselves into deep spaces of the bed or furniture thus making it very difficult to identify and kill.
How to know they have fed on you;
While feeding on you, the body may be disturbed may be as you shift from one activity to another and have characteristic bite marks that come in groups of three. Thus, you may have painful lesions associated with anxiety which may trigger you to episodes of fear and anxiety making you to have imaginary itches among others.
How to treat bed bug bites
To provide immediate relief, you may need to mix baking soda and water and the apply it on the area of bite.
You can use corticosteroids that have antihistamine properties.
Crushing aspirin, mix it with water and apply over the affected area may also relief the pain and itching.
How to kill bed bugs
Using steamers to kill them with temperatures ranging from 115 to 180 degrees. It is one of the commonest, effective, safest and economical way as water is cheap and bed bugs can not identify water as they do to other chemicals.
Freezing of up to -110 degrees. One of the methods that have been invented as bed bugs die when subjected to severely cold temperatures and its results have been tremendous.
Use of pyrethroids that have same effects as pyrethrum. They have proved lethal to bed bugs and can flush them out of their hiding places.
Aerosol or concentrated forms of Dichlorvos. When the bed bugs take this type of chemicals, their stomachs are subjected to poisoning, hence their death.
Use of Desiccants that target the coating of the bed bug. They destroy the waxy protective coat making the bed bug suffer dehydration and die.
For effective treatment, contact a professional and stay free from bed bugs!
Do not put so much trust on yourself.
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