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5 Ways To Kill Bed Bugs

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There are many opinions on the best ways to get rid of bed bugs. They are hard to kill, not because they are exceptionally strong creatures, but because they are excellent at hiding and it is virtually impossible to find all of their hiding spots. For this reason, several techniques have been developed that work, but have some unsavory side effects. Also, the effectiveness of some is in question due to the simple fact that these critters are great at finding places to hide away from the danger until it is safe to come out again. What are the options, and how do you know which one or ones will work best for you?

Pesticide Sprays

This may very well be the most common form of bed bug extermination, and maybe one of the least effective. The problem with spray, other than the fact that is exposes you and those you love to dangerous chemicals, is that is only works where the spray is. You can spray mattresses and other places where the bugs are known to have been, but they can hide in walls and come out through air vents. You can spray into the vents but how far it will go, determining how effective it is, is questionable. Still, due to the cost effectiveness and the fact that success is often had, spraying for bed bugs is a popular option that should not be ruled out completely. It should always be done by a professional however, not only to increase effectiveness but also to ensure safety.

Mattress Encasement

Encasing the mattress in plastic is an option that actually works pretty great for killing the bugs on the mattress. The plastic is effective at suffocating them. However, any bugs that are not on the mattress are not going to be handled and will still be free to roam and suck.

Pesticide Dust

This is an alternative to sprays that is most effective when used in conjunction with the spray. It tends to stick around longer, so it is not ideal for areas with heavy human traffic. However, it is perfect for settling into cracks and crevices that bed bugs creep out of and catching them as they enter. The dusting must be light however, or else the bugs will simple go around the powder.

Freezing

Freezing is a safe and non-toxic way to get rid of bed bugs. The bugs are killed on contact with the temperatures of -108 degrees Fahrenheit. The process is dry and all furniture can be used immediately.

Heat Treatment For Bed bugs

Heat treatment for bed bugs is an option that does require leaving ones home for a time, and some furniture and electronics must be removed, but it is in an option that is ideal for major infestations. According to Bed Bug Finders, LLC, the reason for this is that it does the job and does it well. There are two different methods, one using steam heat and the other using thermal heat. While there can be a bit of an inconvenience, each type of heat treatment for bed bugs is highly effective.

Killing bed bugs is not an easy task. They are sneaky and hard to detect with the human eye. Hopefully these suggestions will give you some options should you ever have to deal with them.

Faith Stewart 

You Think You May Have Bed Bugs. Now What?

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You may feel a little itchy, or notice some bug bites on yourself. So you might be worried that you have bed bugs. Here are some things that you need to know about your situation:

It may not be bed bugs

Yes, you heard that right. Zocdoc.com, a medical site, recently ran a question of somebody who asked “Been waking up with little red, itchy bumps on my skin around my ankles and on my stomach. I keep washing my sheets but the bumps are still there. Does that mean that I am allergic to my detergent or do I have bed bugs and they don’t wash out?”

The site advised that the person get the bumps checked out with their primary care physician, and thought that the bumps could be from bed bugs. But if you are in such a situation, you definitely want to also get a bed bug specialist in to check out the situation and see what’s what. It could very well be bed bugs, and the longer you wait, the more they can multiply.

Did you know that according to Bed Bug Central, the typical female bed bug can lay one to five eggs a day, and up to 500 eggs in her lifetime? And those bed bugs will lay eggs, too, potentially resulting in thousands of bed bugs?

Ignoring the possibility of bed bugs will not make them go away

Given how quickly a few bed bugs can turn into hundreds or even thousands of bed bugs, you need to call in one of the top bed bug experts as soon as you suspect that you have the pests. Really, you have nothing to lose by doing so. If the bed bug experts tell you that you have bed bugs, you can work on getting rid of them with the help of a bed bug removal expert. If you don’t have have them, you can breathe a sigh of relief and look to see what else it might be.

The way many bed bug pest control professionals work is that they bring in a bed bug dog to sniff around and see if your home or business has them. You see, dogs have a must better sense of smell than humans, and the dogs that are trained to sniff out bed bugs can have a very high accuracy rate. When you team a bed bug dog with a trained pest control professional that knows what he or she is doing, you will get an answer very quickly as to your question about bed bugs.

Now, if you do have bed bugs, there are a variety of treatment possibilities, and the bed bug experts can talk with you on the situation. Bed bug companies like Bed Bug Finders LLC use safe heat treatment, while other companies freeze out the bed bugs, and others use chemicals. What is important is that you feel comfortable with whatever treatment is used, and that it works for you. Good luck!

Lisa Swan writes for a variety of home and business websites, including Huffington Post. She lives in New York City.

Texas Bedbug Laws

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Bed Bug (Photo credit: agrilifetoday)

Across much of the United States, bedbug infestations have reached epidemic levels; and the State of Texas has not been immune to these tiny bloodsuckers. In San Antonio, bedbugs have been found in homes, apartments, dorms, trains, airplanes, theaters, and of course, hotels. Even high end hotels have had unfortunate bedbug encounters. The rich and poor alike have been victims, as bedbugs do not play favorites. If you have been a victim of bedbugs, whether you’re a property manager or tenant, it is important that you understand the bedbug laws in the State of Texas.

Texas Bedbug Laws

Out of the 22 different states that have bedbug laws, Texas happens to be one of them that has laws that mention bedbugs specifically. The State of Texas currently has two bedbug laws. They read as follows:

Texas Revised Code Sec. 341.011. NUISANCE

Bedbugs are a public health nuisance.

Texas Revised Code Sec. 341.012. ABATEMENT OF NUISANCE

(a) A person shall abate a public health nuisance existing in or on a place the person possesses as soon as the person knows that the nuisance exists.

(b) A local health authority who receives information and proof that a public health nuisance exists in the local health authority’s jurisdiction shall issue a written notice ordering the abatement of the nuisance to any person responsible for the nuisance. The local health authority shall at the same time send a copy of the notice to the local municipal, county, or district attorney.

(c) The notice must specify the nature of the public health nuisance and designate a reasonable time within which the nuisance must be abated.

(d) If the public health nuisance is not abated within the time specified by the notice, the local health authority shall notify the prosecuting attorney who received the copy of the original notice. The prosecuting attorney: (1) shall immediately institute proceedings to abate the public health nuisance; or (2) request the attorney general to institute the proceedings or provide assistance in the prosecution of the proceedings, including participation as an assistant prosecutor when appointed by the prosecuting attorney.

Enlist An Attorney

Whether you are a landlord, tenant, property manager, or vacationer who brought home bedbugs, and you are battling a bedbug infestation, seek assistance from an attorney who specializes in bedbug infestations. This blog post is for informational purposes only.

Ketterman Rowland & Westlund – Personal Injury Attorneys
16500 San Pedro Avenue #302
San Antonio, TX 78232
(210) 490-4357
krwlawyers.com
 
Herrera Law Firm
111 Soledad Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-1054
herreralaw.com
 

Get San Antonio Pest Control

If you are being bit the bedbugs while you sleep in your home, get help… Get professional pest control.

General Pest Control

Bulwark Exterminating
118 Broadway Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 224-2706
bulwarkpestcontrol.com

Bedbug Control

Bee Safe Pest Control
7306 Brandy Ridge
San Antonio, TX 78250
(210) 858-9883
beesafepestcontrol.com
 

Does Bug Repellent Work on Bedbugs?

Staying Safe from the Bite of the Bed Bug

The mention of bed bugs brings fear and itching to many. Bed bugs are seed-sized, flat insects that like to harbor in mattresses, sheets, clothes and bed frames. They need to feed on blood to reproduce and survive; however, bed bugs can live up to a year without a meal. They hide during the daytime and feast on their victims at night. Their bite can create an itchy, and sometimes, highly allergic reaction in people. Once a home has an infestation, it can be very difficult to remedy the situation. A professional exterminator is usually needed. Recently, the spread of the bugs has been very high, so it is important to protect your home from an infestation. Simple fixes, such as decluttering and buying a memory foam mattress, can help reduce the risk of a bed bug problem.

In order to be infested with bed bugs, the environment must be directly exposed. Bed bugs tend to nest where there are high traffic levels, such as in hotels, apartments and dorms. They catch a ride to their next home by latching onto suitcases or clothing. Once in a location, the insects breed and hide in hard to see spots. Some of their favorite hiding places are in mattress seams, pillowcases and bed frame crevices. Bed bugs like to crawl inside of mattresses, but a memory foam mattress does not make a welcome home for them.

Since bed bugs are often brought home after a vacation, it is important to know how to check for the critters. When checking into a hotel room, examine the bed for evidence of bed bug feces. Look in mattress seams and at the folds of the linens. If bugs are in the room, it is best to keep your luggage away from them. Place all luggage and purses on a desk or nightstand that is far from the bed. Bed bugs do not fly or jump. A hotel that features a bed with a latex or memory foam mattress is less likely to be infested.

When decorating a bedroom at home, there are many ways to make it bed bug unfriendly. Bed bugs like to nest in the hollow spaces of a spring mattress. A latex or memory foam mattress has a solid core, with is very uninviting for the insects. It is also wise to encase the mattress with a bug-proof cover. The box springs are also vulnerable, so keeping them covered is also important. Metal bed frames offer fewer hiding places for the bugs. Be sure to keep clutter to a minimum. These few steps will make your home less susceptible to bed bugs.

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