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Bed Bugs Extermination For An Infested Home

The parasitic small insects that feed on human blood and also on animals are called as 'Bed Bugs'.They are mainly active at night. The bite of these insects may cause skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms too.

These bed bugs are known by a lot of names like that of wall louse, heavy dragon, redcoat etc.

Where are they found?

These blood sucking insects are found mostly in areas where there is poor sanitation and when birds or mammals are nesting near a home.

They are also said to live in clean environments and vacant houses too as they can survive for months without surviving. They are found in tiny cracks of furniture as well as on textiles and upholstered furniture.

Bed bugs as by the mane they are commonly found where people sleep ie. beds an their mattresses.

You can also find these home pests inside curtains, edges of carpets, cracks in wallpaper etc.

How to detect an infestation?

You can easily detect a bed bug infestation if you notice fecal stains, egg cases and shedded skin near crevices or cracks on or near your bed.

How to get rid of these bed bugs?

The best way to get rid of these home pests is to dispose all mattresses that are infested. You can call in for pest control, if the infestation is severe. You can purchase a low odor sprays that are available in the market. Dusts, vaccum cleaners, aerosol insecticides can also be used to eradicated these home pests. To remove the eggs, the best way is to scrub it off the material or the furniture where its infested.

Bed bug bites

These home pests tend to bite in rows. They bites usually go noticed to that of mosquito and flea bites. The common sites for bed bug bites are that the face, neck. Hands and arms of the victim.

The bite is painless but the result of the bite leaves the skin swollen, red and very itchy. If scratched, the bite area becomes infected.

The bed bug does not transmit any disease even though they suck blood from human to human.

To treat these bites you can apply topical cream such as cortisone to reduce the itching. Try to avoid scratching the bite as this will allow infection to occur.

You should know that they are not easy to eradicate so to control bed bug infestation on your home you have to get rid of mattresses that are infested. For material things that cannot be washed, keep them in the sun for 24 hours. Vacuuming your home is also ideal, though this will not help to get rid of every single bug.

Though these home pests don't carry any diseases, they sure do affect the quality of life of a person who has been bitten causing distress, discomfort while sleeping.

Story first published: Thursday, September 23, 2010, 11:56 [IST]
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