A Little Bit About BedBugs:
Bed Bugs at one time were not as severe as a pest as in the past, due to insecticides and increased sanitation. However, due to the increased use of baits rather than insecticide sprays for ant and cockroach control in the past decade , bed bug infestations have increased.
Currently this insect can be a pest wherever sanitary conditions are poor, or if there are birds or mammals nesting on or near a house. International travel and commerce are thought to facilitate the spread of these insect hitchhikers, because eggs, young, and adult bed bugs are readily transported in luggage, clothing, bedding, and furniture. There are several species of bed bugs, all of which are pests of humans and domestic animals.
The Common Bed Bug prefers a human host. Related species, such as the bat bug and bird bug, prefer to feed on bats, birds, and other wild hosts, but will also feed on humans if the opportunity arises or the preferred host dies or leaves the roost.
How did I get Bed Bugs?
Since bed bugs hide in small crevices, they can travel with luggage, furniture, clothing, boxes, ect. This is how they move between hotels, homes and apartments. Used furniture, particularly bed frames and mattresses, are of greatest risk of harboring bed bugs and their eggs. They may be present in vacant apartments hiding in cracks and crevices since they may survive months without a blood meal. Bed bugs may travel between nearby apartments through voids in walls and holes though which wires and pipes pass. In a few cases, bats and/or birds may introduce and maintain bed bugs and their close relatives (bat bugs and bird bugs). All nests that harbor birds and bats should be removed.
So how do you get rid of bed bugs? The answer can be plain and simple. To get rid of bed bugs, have determination.
Getting rid of bed bugs will entail lots of patience and perseverance. Allot a substantial amount of money, too.
The best, safest, most effective and most intelligent way or measure to get rid of bed bugs is to hire or seek professional help from pest control companies.
Pest extermination companies get rid not just of bed bugs but also of all other unlikely house transients---insects and pests.
To get rid of bed bugs, pest control professionals have invested in equipment. You will be amazed how bed bugs' extermination process has gone so sophisticated.
The process has really gone so far, that the first movie scene you will remember upon seeing them with their equipment is a scene from the classic movie "Ghost Busters."
Understanding technical aspects of getting rid of bed bugs
To get rid of bed bugs efficiently and effectively, pest control experts use certain chemicals in the form of pesticides or insecticides.
Because the chemicals contained in these substances are so harsh and deadly, it is advised that you leave the handling to them. In other words, let the pest control experts have it their way.
You have your own profession so do not mess with other people's professions. Pest control personnel know what they are doing because they have been doing it for so long.
Trust them and let them do their job, Take the side step, and only get in when they tell you.
Pest control experts will also brief you on how to handle the furniture that may contain residues form the pesticides. Listen very carefully to instructions, not unless you want to be exterminated and poisoned yourself.
Remember, no matter how smart you are, there are still a lot of things around you that you know very little of. Chemicals and poisonous substrates can be one of them.
When professionals are out
If ever you can not seek the help of pest control professionals for lots and various reasons, you should not despair.
Having the knowledge about the harms and health risks of harsh chemicals in pesticides, you are expected to handle each substance with utmost care and cautiousness.
Remember, to be able to get rid of bed bugs or to be able to kill bed bugs, these pesticides' formulations have to be really strong and fatal because insects, including bed bugs have strong and resilient systems.
Humans, unfortunately, are not as resilient. There are hundreds of reported cases of poisoning and fatalities from pest control contacts and inhalation.
Several of those cases really got so far to be really fatal and deadly.
To be able to prevent such instances, you have to make sure you handle every pesticide carefully, avoiding spraying at areas unnecessarily.
Clean up the sprayed areas for possible residues after.
Getting rid of bed bugs can be really hard, but you will get away with it, if you act accordingly and smartly.