How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs

Category: Others/ Misc

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Bedbugs cause great distress and discomfort. Instead of contending with them, use this information help yourself to create a better home and environment for you and your family.


Presentation Transcript

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs A Guide for Homeowners

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs Bedbugs are small reddish-brown insects. They’re about 3/16 inch long size of an apple seed and easily visible to the naked eye. They are wingless but are fast crawlers. Their bodies are very flat with slender legs and antennae. What Are Bedbugs

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs Facts About Bedbugs Immature bedbugs look like the adults but are smaller and often lighter in colour. Bedbugs feed on the blood of humans. Bedbugs were drastically reduced after World War II by the use of pesticides that are no longer available for use. A bedbug feeds for only 3-10 minutes after biting and usually feeds every few days. Bedbugs do not occur only in poor and insanitary conditions. Both male and female bedbugs bite and consume blood. Blood meals are necessary for the growth of juveniles and the reproduction of females. Bedbug bites are usually painless during which the host is normally fast asleep.

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs Though painless during biting sessions bedbug hosts tend to have different reactions. Within a day of the bites most people then experience itching pain and/or swelling of the skin where the bedbug bite occurred. This is most common on the arms face hands back or other exposed areas Reactions to Bedbug Bites

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs To treat bedbug bites it’s important to control itching and inflammation. Antihistamines and/or corticosteroids can be prescribed to reduce allergic reactions. If secondary infections occur antimicrobial ointments can be used. Note: Medically treating bedbug bites do not erase their presence. How to Treat Bedbug Bites

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs Bedbugs do not transfer disease organisms after feeding on multiple hosts. Bedbugs do however reduce the quality of life as they incite discomfort embarrassment sleeplessness and anxiety. Are Bedbugs Harmful to Your Health

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs Bedbugs shed during metamorphosis. You should be able to see spots of excrement and blood spots or stains on upholstered furniture walls and beddings. How to Identify Bedbugs

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs On a frequent basis a crevice tool and flashlight should be used to examine: How to Identify Bedbugs Under the gauze covering of box springs Behind bed headboards Behind objects mounted on a wall Inside cracks crevices or screw holes of synthetic wooden or upholstered furniture Under loose wallpaper Along mattress seams Under carpeting In electronic devices Under chairs and anything to be seated on Behind base and window trim

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs A “stale sweet” odour may be detected in severe or long-lasting infestations of bedbugs. How to Identify Bedbugs Bedbugs are often spread through the acquisition of infested second- hand furniture or by their hitchhiking on items used during travel such as suitcases outerwear and other belongings. Once established in a building the bugs can then move throughout the structure by crawling along pipe and wiring runs conduits HVAC system ductwork sharing of belongings laundry etc.

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs How To Prevent a Bedbug Infestation Vigilance and care is needed when preventing an infestation. When travelling homeowners should ensure their personal belongings aren’t kept opened and on the floor bed or other areas accessible to bedbugs. They should also inspect premises in which they will be staying a night or two. Once an area is suspected to have bedbugs it should be reported promptly.

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs How To Prevent a Bedbug Infestation Cont’d If you’re in receipt of couches furniture beddings furnishings etc ensure to perform a thorough inspection of the equipment before bringing it into your home. As bedbugs can be inconspicuous you may invite them into your home without knowing.

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How to Deal Effectively With Bedbugs How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Bedbugs are difficult to get rid of because they can live for months without feeding are resistant to many pesticides they multiply quickly and some pesticides that do kill bedbugs cannot be used on bedding or furniture. In most cases several rounds of treatment by a pest control personnel is needed to get rid of bedbugs.

slide 13: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Bag and wash drapes clothing linens beddings etc. in hot water – dry on medium or hot heat for about 10-30 minutes. Note: Dry cleaning might destroy bedbugs but ensure to bag the items. Separate and apply heat

slide 14: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Use a dedicated vacuum along with a bristle brush and crevice tool to remove the insects. While the aforementioned items aren’t in use keep them in a close container/bag. Note: Get rid of vacuum contents in a closed container. Use a vacuum

slide 15: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Get rid of infested furniture clutter As a part of the treatment you may be required to discard infested furniture remove items attached to walls seal openings and cracks and reduce clutter within your home. Once an infested item cannot be treated it should be covered and noted on a label. This is to ensure that bedbugs aren’t able to spread to other locations of the home.

slide 16: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Encase your mattress To encase mattresses use a zippered cloth or mattress cover plastic. This is to ensure that bedbugs feeding and movements are restricted. Note: In some cases the mattress must be encased for a year.

slide 17: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Application of pesticides Especially if a licensed pest control contractor is called in they might apply a particular registered pesticide in an aid to control Bedbug residue. Note: Some residents have found success applying Diatomaceous Earth to treat bedbug infestations.

slide 18: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Application of pesticides Pesticides available commercially aren’t necessarily effective when applied to control an infestation in living areas. Note: Repellents and foggers provide no value when combating bedbugs.

slide 19: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Application of pesticides If a pest control expert is treating your home for bedbugs here are a list of pesticides he may apply. 6 Pesticides Used In Effective Bedbug Control Note: It’s sage to find out if the above stated chemicals are welcomed in your state or country.

slide 20: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs Cont’d Disclaimer This presentation was created and designed to provide awareness and inform homeowners. If you opt to use DIY methods to treat a light infestation at home do not use pesticides. If however you opt to use commercially available pesticides follow the label. Note: A licensed pest control contractor should apply chemicals.

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