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09 January

Top Bed Bug Fails

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Why haven’t we been able to get rid of all bed bugs yet? In the perfect world, a bug bomb would eliminate these bloodsuckers all over the world!

About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small insects that hide in cracks and crevices. They are active mainly at night when they are looking for something to eat, and that something is YOU. People only become aware of bed bugs after they have been bitten. Itching from bed bugs can cause people to panic, especially since they’ve increased as much as 500 percent in the past decade. Bed bugs are the size of a piece of rice.

Consumers often take this panic to the store and see all these sprays that claim to “kill on contact” and think their problems are solved. That’s not the case. Scientific studies continue to show that these sprays are not effective against bedbugs. Bed bugs, however, are very good at hide ‘n’ seek. Even when they’re somewhere as simple as under a wrinkle in your sheets, these mists will do nothing to help you. Even when contact is made, there are different populations of bed bugs with different resistance levels.

Top 5 Bed Bug Fails

Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pest problems to get rid of quickly. For successful bed bug elimination, you should hire a professional pest control company. Suburban Exterminating has the experience necessary to successfully get rid of bed bugs from your home. Call today for a free estimate or to schedule a service: 516-864-6900 or 631-864-6900. Don’t wait until you have a full-blown bedbug infestation. 

Listed below are just a few methods that people try to use to get rid of bed bugs. All of these methods fail…. And even worse, bed bugs continue to multiply! Below are just a few of the ways that people try to get rid of bed bugs. 

  1. Switch sleeping location. Bed bugs are attracted to people’s breath! When you change sleeping locations so do they! Bedbugs can survive months without eating a blood meal. They will move from your bed to your couch. 
  2. Using products that do NOT control bed bugs.

    ·        Ultrasonic pest repellers

    ·        Dryer sheets and plant oil-based repellents

    ·        Mothballs

    ·        Rubbing alcohol

    ·        House cleaning materials

    ·        Most natural pest control products

    ·        Foggers

    ·        Most consumer pesticide sprays

     

  3.  Do-it-yourself heating treatments (such as space heaters and fireplaces) – these have been known to burn down homes. 

  4.   Do-it-yourself freezing treatments (such as freezers, fire extinguishers or opening the home to cold air) – these methods may not get cold enough to kill bed bugs.

  5.  Failure to properly identify a bedbug. Signs of bedbugs include small smears of blood on our mattress and sheets.

    Also, Carpet beetles and bed bugs look very much alike. Their main difference is their color. Bed bugs are reddish-brown because they survive on blood – both human and animals. Carpet beetles are black or brown or a pattern of black, brown and orange. Both of these bugs are about 1/5 inch long with short antennae. They are vastly different in their behavior.

     

    Carpet beetles eat a wide variety of foods including carpet, wool clothes and blankets, furs, hair, stuffed animals, feathers, silk, plant products, and pollen. They are excellent fliers and can enter homes through open windows.  Carpet beetles start life as eggs, then become larvae before becoming adults. A carpet beetle larvae can live for over 2 years. At room temperature, the larval life span ranges from 258 to 639 days.  The larvae are small, light brown, hairy and worm-like. The larvae cause the most damage to your home and clothing. You can prevent damage by storing articles in tight-fitting garment bags or plastic storage containers. All garments should be cleaned before storage.

How Do You Get Bed Bugs / What Causes Bedbugs

Bed bugs must have human or animal blood to survive.  They can go for long periods without eating. They hitchhike from place to place on objects, people, mice, deer, and other animals. Unfortunately, you can bring a bed bug home and not even know it!

While some people are highly sensitive to a bedbug bite, others don’t feel a thing. They don’t even itch from a bed bug bite. 

Call a Long Island Professional to Get Rid of Bed Bugs - Call Suburban Exterminating to help you to identify and get rid of bed bugs. For a free inspection, call today (631) 864-6900 or (516) 864-6900.

 

 

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