Bed bugs are one of the many common pests that can annoyingly infest houses. In fact, it is not just houses that they are able to make their living quarters but also other places as hospitals, hotels, motels and inns. And with how they can negatively affect your quality of living, they sure must be carefully eliminated.
But of course, to get rid of bed bugs is not at all easy. Nevertheless it needs to be done if you do not want to be their personal blood bank. Apart from that, their bites might cause swelling and itchiness that might really be annoying. They can leave stains on fabrics, walls and floor too that can make your home look untidy and un-maintained.
Way back after the World War II, it’s said that bed bugs had been almost eliminated with a pest control technique which uses DDT, a well-known pesticide. Yet almost is always not enough and now bed bugs are back, this time conquering the rest of the world. Their spread to other previously bed-bug-free countries is mainly due to the increase of international travels.
Regretfully today, the use of chemical pesticides can not make sure the 100 percent effectiveness of the bed bugs elimination process. Somehow, those insects had learned how to be resistant to the chemicals effects. Apart from that, it is not really advised to use chemical-based products as they may be toxic to both the environment and human health.
And so to be exempted from their negative effects, resort instead to safer or greener pest control method. Or better yet, prevent their infestation. That way, you can really be sure that no ill effect will befall you or your house. How do you do that? Here are the general steps.
- Implement an effective and regular cleaning. Doing so will warn you of their presence and will keep them from coming back after the removal process. Especially, with cleaning you will be able to see stains and smell a sort of sweet but pungent odor that indicates the insects’ presence. If you do the cleaning regularly, you will be able to detect them immediately enough to avoid worse things from happening.
- Cover or seal cracks and crevices. Those are spots where these small and flat pests hide themselves waiting for the night to start their attack. Also on those spots is where they digest their meal. To cover or seal them is to basically prevent the bugs from a having a place to hide and thus preventing them from staying over your place.
- Check before getting outside furniture in. Technically, this generally ought to be done to almost everything from outside house which can possibly be inhabited by bed bugs. Especially, this goes for those items which had been brought from travels. By inspecting if they are in fact free of those pests, you can prevent any of their negative effects.
Finally, bed bugs can generally cause a multitude of damages and discomfort. And so, it’s but logical to have them eliminated. Even so it would be much better to instead keep bed bugs at bay as can save you from more tiring and exhausting work.
Preventing bed bugs is way easier than to have them eliminated. And so, keep them at bay to avoid the hassle of having to implement steps to get those bed bugs killed.