Saturday, October 31, 2009

Get Rid Of Bed Bugs In Your Home

By Maria Hernandez

Bed bugs are a source of vexation that most homes would wish to get rid of. These tiny nasty creatures thrive on the blood from warm blooded animals and if they can't find a human victim they could go for a cat or dog as well. Pest control efforts should be carried out seriously if this issue is to be done away with.

Travellers often bring bed bugs with them to a new home destination where they grow quickly and start affecting the residents of the home. Holes and cracks in room furniture and carpets are the best places for bed bugs to take sanctuary in and flourish.

During daytime, bed bugs hide in dark, saved places. They prefer fabric, wood, and paper surfaces. They usually occur in fairly close proximity to the host, although they can go far distances. They can also be seen in tuffs, creases, and foldings of mattresses.

A common notion about bed bugs is that they grow in places with poor standards of cleanliness and sanitation, but this is not true. Bed bugs are creatures that thrive on blood and not waste, and thus trash removal is not a very helpful way to remove them. But cleaner surroundings assist in better visibility of these pests and thereby removing them becomes easier.

Another popular myth connected with bed bugs is that they are invisible without an aid as they are very small. The fact is that bed bugs are actually large enough to be seen with naked eyes but they have a flat body which helps them disappear into little holes and clothing folds easily, making it hard to locate them.

They will usually bite once a week or so, and they can really survive for a long time without eating - usually six months, but sometimes over a year.

One of the easiest ways to exterminate bed bugs is to hire an expert pest controller who can clean the home of these pests. Nevertheless, there are some home cures also to control their threat such as washing carpets, bed linens and other clothing items in warm water and then keeping them in the sun. Gaps in the walls must also be closed, and furniture having lots of holes and other possible locations for bed bugs must preferably be done away with.

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