Bed Bugs are not only pests but they are also a health hazard. They cause many problems such as itching, headache, fever, fatigue and other diseases. There have been cases where people died due to bed bugs. People usually do not want to deal with them because it causes pain and discomfort. However there are ways how you can get rid of these pests quickly without any risk of getting bitten or infested yourself.
The best way to kill bed bugs is using insecticides. Insecticide sprays are used to control the pest. You can buy insecticidal products from your local drugstore or supermarket.
These products contain chemicals which kill insects and rodents, but they may also harm humans if swallowed or inhaled.
There are different types of insecticides. Some insecticides work better than others. For example, pyrethroids (pyrethrins) are less toxic to humans than carbamates (carbaryl).
Other insecticides work well against bed bugs while some don’t work at all. So before buying any product make sure you understand what type of insecticide it contains and its effectiveness against bed bugs. Also read the label carefully so you know exactly what you’re putting into your body!
In addition to spraying, you can use dusts around the bed and other furniture. As the name suggests, dusts settle on furniture and mattresses then the bed bugs come in direct contact and pick up the dust unknowingly. These dusts are usually non-repellent, meaning that they won’t keep the insects off your furniture, but they are extremely effective when it comes to contact.
Dusts containing silica are very toxic and should be kept away from children and pets. Always be careful when applying any dust.
Some people prefer to use a steam machine to kill bed bugs. Although this method is not as popular, it does work well against these insects. The main advantage of using a steam machine is that it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals.
Just make sure you buy a machine that emits real steam and read the instructions carefully before using. Also, be very careful not to burn yourself while using the machine.
To prevent bed bugs from entering your home in the first place, you can take several steps to minimize their chances of survival. Most importantly, keep your house clean and tidy to make bed bugs’ search for food difficult. Also remove clutter and unnecessary furniture which can provide ideal hiding places for the insects.
Seal cracks and crevices on floors, windows, walls etc with silicone or some other suitable sealant so that bed bugs don’t have any place to hide.
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