First things first, bed bugs can happen to anyone and even I am not completely immune to any type of bed bug infestations but I am here to help with your battle against these ferocious little creatures.
Not many people were even aware that bed bugs even existed at one time but that isn’t the case anymore.
Bed bugs have been around for centuries feeding on humans like there was no tomorrow.
Archeologists have enough found fossilized bed bugs dating back 2,000 years ago.
What Does This Mean For Both You & I?
It means that bed bugs have been causing havoc for millions of people worldwide and it looks like they will continue to do so in the years to come unless we do something about it.
Bed bugs are becoming even more resistant to pesticides which is making them even more harder to get rid of which is the reason why many people that are dealing with bed bugs have decided to use all natural bed bug sprays to get rid of the bed bugs once and for all.
There are many questions regarding bed bugs that need to be answered which is why I have created this bed bug help guide.
How Do Bed Bugs Spread?
This is probably the most popular question asked when it comes to the topic of bed bugs.
It doesn’t matter how clean your home is, what tax bracket you are associated with, bed bugs are not picky.
They are parasites and will do whatever it takes to find a food source which unfortunately is humans.
What I am about to tell you may be eye opening!
These are just some of the ways that are helping bed bugs spread so fast.
- Taxi Cabs
- Cruise Ships
Think about how many people use the public transportation system?
Let’s just say only one person has bed bugs and they have to use any type of public transportation to get to work.
One person could be carry a bed bug in their clothing and possibly eggs and now another person comes in contact with them either by brushing up against them or sitting in the same seat as them.
Here’s some proof bed bugs on Philly bus
This makes you think right? Don’t worry it gets better.
Hospitality (Places Frequently Visited)
- Bed & Breakfasts
- Movie Theaters
- Nursing Homes
- Doctors Office
Think about how many people are staying in a hotel, bed and breakfast, or in a movie theater at this very moment?
Let’s use the one person with bed bugs example again.
One person stays in a hotel over night knowing or not knowing they are carrying bed bugs.
They leave but the bed bugs stay.
Now, you and your family are next in line for a relaxing vacation staying in that very same hotel room that a person with bed bugs slept in just hours before you arrive.
Next thing you know you are asking yourself how you got bed bugs right?
Even Some Doctors Offices Are At Risk
Some people have an allergic reaction to bed bug bites. These bites swell up so bad and the itching is unbearable.
So, if this was you, what would be the first thing you did?
Call your doctor or dermatologist and schedule an appointment right?
And now you realize another way that you could of got bed bugs.
Purchasing Second Hand Items:
- Thrift Stores
- Garage Sales
- Second Hand Furniture
- Second Hand Clothing
Second hand items whether they are furniture or clothing are rising up to the top of the list when it comes to getting bed bugs.
You hear it all the time from people that they found out they had bed bugs and they threw away all their furniture.
Next thing you know, the furniture that was just thrown away outside has gone missing before the bulk garbage truck had a chance to dispose of it properly.
What do you think happened to that furniture?
I’ll give you 3 guesses but the first 2 don’t count.
Yep, someone in the neighborhood either saw your bed bug infested furniture and decided it would look great in their home right in front of that flat screen.
The point I am trying to make is, there are so many different variables to get bed bugs that it’s only a matter of time before these bed bugs visit your home.
This is why it might be a good time to learn as much information as you can about bed bugs so you are prepared in case the worse case scenario happens.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs can be best described as little oval shaped bugs that are flat and can be red or light brown in color.
Many people say that bed bugs look like little apple seeds in size.
Bed bugs have 2 antennae on top of their head.
Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies. They are wingless.
Adults do have the vestiges of wings called wing pads, but they do not fully develop into functional wings.
Thy have a total of six legs (3 on each side) and they can be red, light brown, and rust color. When they feed is when their bodies turn red because of the blood.
How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?
When it comes to bed bugs there are a couple of different factors that could set off some red flags that you have bed bugs.
Do You Experience Any Of These Symptoms?
1. Bed Bug Bites
2. Black or Red Spots On Mattress Seams, Box Springs, Pillow Cases
3. Bed Bug exoskeletons (Shells/carcasses)
4. Actual Bed Bugs Hiding in Cracks & Crevices
Bed bug bites are the first indication that you may have a bed bug issue on your hands.
If you are getting bites but are not seeing bed bugs this doesn’t mean they are not there.
Bed bugs usually feed at early morning time about an hour before sunrise. Just when you are getting your best sleep.
The bed bug bites will usually be in a pattern. Every case is different but some people may not realize they have been bitten until 3-5 days after the initial feeding.
Others will feel a burning sensation once bitten.
The bites will swell up and become very irritated. They will also itch very badly to the point that the skin may break which can cause infections.
How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs have proven to be very difficult to get rid of.
Just when you think you finally took care of your bed bug problem they just pop up out of no where again.
One of the reasons why this happens is because bed bug could be in other areas of your home that you never even realized they were there.
Here’s Something To Think About
It is estimated that that 60% of bed bugs are not even seen during inspection and initial treatment because they hide in crevices, cracks and dark places.
Depending on the size of the bed bug infestation can determine how difficult it may be to destroy the bed bug infestation once and for all.
5 Most Important Steps For Bed Bug Removal
- Prepping The Home For Treatment
- Safe & Effective Treatment of Your Home
- Retreating Your Home
- Preventative Maintenance
Step 1. How To Inspect For Bed Bugs
If you are not certain that you have bed bugs you may want to go over this step because there could be other places of your home that the bed bug infestation have spread.
Here is a list of the top places to check first when performing your inspection for bed bugs.
- Mattress – (How To Inspect Your Mattress)
- Box Springs – (Box Spring Inspection Guide)
- Pillows & Pillowcases
- Sofa & Cushions
- Recliners & Chairs
- Bed Posts & Wooden Frame
- Dresser Drawers
- Base Boards
- Electrical Wall Outlets
- Door Frames
- Window Sills
- Picture Frames
For a complete guide to inspecting these areas please check out the Bed Bug Help Center
When inspecting for bed bugs the first thing you are going to be looking for is the evidence of bed bug activity.
Besides the bed bug bites there are other clues that you can find that will let you know if you have bed bugs and where they are most likely to set up the nest.
Here’s What Kind Of Evidence To Look For
- Black or Red Spots On Mattress Seams, Box Springs, Pillow Cases
- Bed Bug exoskeletons (Shells/carcasses)
- Bed Bugs Hiding in Cracks & Crevices
How To Prep Your Home For Bed Bug Treatment
Prepping your home for bed bug treatment might be a difficult process but it is a must.
The first thing you will need to do is remove all bed sheets, pillow cases, mattress covers, mattress pads and place them in a garbage bag and then tie it up in a knot.
Do the same thing for all clothing in your drawers as well and then take those bags of clothing and linens to your laundry area
There are bed bug laundry detergents that will destroy any type of bed bugs and their eggs that could be in your clothing and linens. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bed bugs.
Wash your clothes in linens using 1 cup of bed bug laundry detergent per full load of laundry using high heat. Once finished, place items in the dryer and set on high heat for about 30 minutes.
While the dryer is running the next thing you need to do is remove all clutter from the rooms that you will be treating.
Throw away cardboard boxes if possible. These just add more places that bed bugs could possibly hide. Place personal belongings in plastic totes that have lids that lock into place.
Vacuum Or Steam Cleaning?
Once you have removed all the clutter in the rooms you will need to either or vacuum or steam clean the rugs, tile, and wood flooring.
Steam cleaning is an added measure if you have carpets because bed bugs could lay eggs in the carpet and the steam cleaner will get rid of those.
If you don’t have a steam cleaner then just vacuum up the areas but be sure to throw away the vacuum bag outside once completed.
This will keep the eggs or bed bugs from spreading to other areas of the house.
If your vacuum has canisters, dump the waste in the garbage can outside and wash canister in hot water and or wipe down with alcohol.
How To Destroy Bed Bugs
Now that you have prepped your home for treatment the next thing you need is a bed bug spray that actually works.
Many bed bug sprays out there just don’t live up to their expectations.
Like I mentioned earlier, bed bugs are becoming more resistant to pesticides that would kill the bed bugs in the past.
This is just one of the benefits of using Bed Bug Bully to destroy bed bugs.
One of the reasons why Bed Bug Bully is so effective is that it destroys the bed bugs but also the eggs as well.
Bed Bug Bully is an all natural bed bug spray that is natural oil based. There are no harsh chemicals or pesticides.
Bed Bug Bully is actually pesticide exempt which means that there are no pesticide fumes. You can actually treat your home with Bed Bug Bully and you will not have to leave.
One huge benefit of using Bed Bug Bully is that it has a 30 day residual.
This means that wherever you spray the product you will be creating a shield around the area so that if any bed bug comes in contact with the product it will die and Bed Bug Bully will also repel bed bugs for up to 30 days.
Benefits Of Bed Bug Bully
- Eliminates Bed Bugs On Contact
- Eliminates bed bugs, eggs, and nymphs
- Uses Natural Oil Based Ingredients
- No Harsh Fumes
- Pesticide exempt
- Repels Bed Bugs For 30 Days
- 100% Money Back Guarantee
Remember Our Guarantee:
We are so confident your bed bug infestation will never be an issue again. You will receive a full money back guarantee.
If Bed Bug Bully does not work for any reason, simply let us know by email or phone and we will happily refund your money.
Our primary mission is to help you get rid of this painful bed bug infestation once and for all.
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