When Pests Seek Your Blood

We are all aware that most pests infest our homes because of poor housekeeping and clutter. However, there is one certain pest that will infest our home regardless of how clean and tidy we may be. As a matter of fact, this pest cares less for spilled food and water. What this particular pest need is actually blood and we humans are their food source. Bed bugs are not an uncommon pest considering that they have already been making headlines years ago. Unfortunately, eradicating them has become a concern since the most effective chemical that can effectively kill them had been banned. As such, many people are now looking into effective, yet safe methods of killing this pest that only lives for our blood.

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Heat As Your Weapon

Bed bugs and their eggs can be killed by extreme heat by simply using a handheld steam cleaner. This method is one of the most effective and safest ways you will find handy when you need to get rid of bed bugs from your mattress and box spring. Once you have steamed cleaned your bed, have your sheets, blankets, pillow cases and clothes washed and dried in high heat. Your pillows must also be placed in the dryer for about 30 minutes in high heat before placing them in bug proof encasements.

Clean And Organize Your Room

Although bed bugs are not attracted to dirt and clutter to thrive in, they do seek clutter as a place to hide during daylight till night falls. A simple stack of papers or a pile of laundry can become an ideal hiding place for bed bugs. As such, you can thoroughly clean your room and organize your belongings. Be sure not to leave anything lying about on the floor or underneath your bed. Piles of laundry left on the floor, must be washed in hot water while trash must be sealed in plastic bags before disposing. If you have carpets or rugs in your room, be sure to scrub them first with a hard brush before vacuuming and steam cleaning them.

Seal Your Room Off

Bedbugs have also been known to hide in cracks, gaps and crevices of walls and floors. So, take time to inspect every inch of your room and seal them off. Since bed bugs have small flat bodies, they can easily squeeze themselves into the tiniest crack you might ignore. You can scrub gaps, cracks and crevices with a hard brush and hot soapy water or steam clean them. Then have each crack sealed with silicone caulk. If you live in an apartment building, you must always keep an eye for any holes in the walls including near the air conditioning.

If You Are Not The Only Warm Blooded Creature At Home

Although bed bugs do have a preference for human blood, they can still feed on animal blood. If you have a pet dog, cat, birds or any other warm blooded animal, bed bugs can feed on their blood too. The only solution to this is to have your pet treated as well and keep them elsewhere until you have successfully eradicated the bed bugs from your home.

Valerie Matthews is a freelance writer specializing in natural pest control methods. She regularly contributes articles to admiral pest control and other pest control websites.

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