What Attracts Bed Bugs and How to get rid of Them?
Every household faces the bugs issue one time or the other. It usually becomes a huge problem as the temperature rises, but Winter has terrible news for bugs and insects. As the temperature goes up, the creepy crawlies come out of their hideouts and try to lodge in our homes. That’s where the actual problem starts.
Insects and bugs crawling through the home is terrible, especially for people that have Entomophobia. Your health and hygiene are compromised due to these tiny invaders. So it’s important to get rid of these unwanted dwellers. Particularly the bedbugs. They reside in your beds, making your resting space unhealthy for you.
You might already know some conventional ways of debugging your home. We will broaden the scope by providing you with some effective ways of keeping the bugs out of your home. However, it’s necessary to understand why bugs find their way into your home at the initial stage.
What Attracts Bed Bugs and Insects?
Before indulging in finding the remedies, it’s important to understand the root cause of the problem.
The famous sleep wish, “Good night, don’t let the bedbugs bite you!” is not just a rhyme; it’s reality! Our beds are the hotspot for bed bugs that feast on human blood. Sounds kind of creepy, right!
Let’s understand it in detail.
The bed bugs are tiny bugs that live in our beds. On hearing the word “Bug,” our minds click on dirt, dust, and unhygienic conditions. However, in the case of bedbugs, that’s not entirely the case. So what attracts bed bugs?
- Bedbugs are mostly attracted to the interior space with easy access to carbon dioxide. When we are asleep, we move very little, which creates a cloud of carbon dioxide around us. The high concentration of carbon dioxide creates a favorable condition for bedbugs.
- Instead of dirt and grime, the bed bugs are attracted to warmth. They find lodging in warm places. Our bodies generate heat all the time, so the bedbugs hit the jackpot on our warm and cozy beds.
- Dark environments are favorable for the growth and sustenance of bedbugs. Studies show that bed bugs are attracted to dark colors. So red, black, or dark-colored bedsheets are typically a place of interest for bedbugs.
- Dirty beddings serve as a perfect growing spot for the bedbugs. It’s unhygienic and ideal for bedbugs’ infestation.
- Moist conditions also attract the bedbugs. Warm plus moist is the perfect combination for bedbugs to thrive.
- Just like vampires, bed bugs feed on human blood (*insert eerie music in the background*). So a human host is the main point of interest for bedbugs. At night we mostly stay still, so it’s easy for the bedbugs to get their food.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs and Insects?
The mere thought of having bed bugs on your cozy sleeping pace is super-disturbing. If you face the issue of bed bugs infestation, get rid of it right away!
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do it.
1. Identify the Issue As the First Resort!
The first step in resolving any issue is to acknowledge it. Similarly, if you suspect bed bugs infestation in your bed, make sure to recognize the problem early on. Getting rid of a small infestation is easier than treating a big one, so identify the issue in its early stages.
Once you have acknowledged the issue, search for the hotspots yourself. Some common places of a bedbug infestation include the seam of the mattress, cracks of the bed frame, headboards, baseboards, and furniture joints.
You can use a flashlight or magnifying glass to spot the bedbug infestation points.
2. Restrict the Infestation Then and There!
Once you have recognized the bedbug infestation, take measures to contain the infestation. One simple and effective method is to use a vacuum cleaner. Run the vacuum cleaner over the hotspots, and It will suck out the bugs. Wash the bed linens right away and dry them in the sun.
3. Exterminate the Bedbugs and Get Rid Of them Once and For All!
Bedbugs are not a very hard kill. You can get rid of them by some simple methods. However, make sure that the methods you use are effective for bed bugs. Below are some simple ways of exterminating the bedbugs without any chemical treatment.
- Heat Treatment – Bed bugs cannot thrive at extreme temperatures. They require a suitable environment to flourish. At very high temperatures, bed bugs can’t survive. So high temperatures can be used to exterminate the bedbugs. Take your beddings out in the sun. Wash the bedclothes and let them dry in extreme heat. This method is typically effective in summers. If the bedbugs have found lodging in the furniture, dismantle the bed frames and put them out in the sun to kill the bedbugs.
- Cold Treatment – Just like high temperatures, bed bugs cannot survive at low temperatures. Take the bed linens, seal them in a plastic air seal bag, and put them in the freezer for at least four days. This method only works for bedclothes.
- Steam Cleaning – If you have identified the points of a bedbug infestation, you can use steam diffusers to get rid of them. The steam can get into the small cracks, corners, and furniture frames, so use the high-temperature airflow to kill the bedbugs in their hideouts.
- Chemical Treatment – Pesticides that claim bedbugs treatment can be used to eliminate the problem. Foggers or bug bombs can use for this purpose. Make sure to take the safety measure before using pest sprays and foggers.
- Professional Cleaning – If you cannot spot the infestation or the above-mentioned methods aren’t working for you, call for professional help. The pest management professionals will do the job for you.
Now let’s address some common questions regarding bed bugs and insect infestation in the home.
What are the symptoms of a bed bug’s bite?
Bed Bugs usually bite the exposed skin of arms, legs, necks, and face during sleep. The common symptoms of a bedbug bite are burning painful sensation, raised itchy bump with a clear center, or welts in a pattern.
How will I know if there are any bed bugs in my home?
Bedbug bites or itchy areas are the most evident way of knowing that there is a bedbug infestation. Other signs include dark or rusty spots on the bedsheets, bloodstains on the sheets, tiny eggshells or skin sheds, and the foul odor of bedbugs.
What kind of smell or food attracts bed bugs?
Unlike other pests, bed bugs only require blood to survive. So they are not attracted to any specific food or smells. They only look for a warm environment where they can have access to human blood.
Are bed bugs attracted to wood?
Bed Bugs are not attracted to wood, metal, or any other such material. They only use these materials to hide.
Do bed bugs transmit any diseases?
Bedbugs are not known for transmitting any specific disease. However, their presence can be a cause of loss of sleep and itchy skin. The bedbugs are enough of an annoyance on their own.