BED BUG TREATMENT MYTHS THAT NEED TO BE BUSTED RIGHT AWAYby Rajesh Patil Consultant, writer If you have been unlucky enough to have bought used furniture without checking it for infestations first, then chances are you not only bought home some bad furniture but also some pesky little bed bugs. Not only that, these tiny little buggers are some of the best travellers; they can easily cling to bags and luggage or any product with a soft surface which means that if you have bed bugs in one part of the house, they can easily travel to another with the help of a free ride on the back of your backpack that you may have put on the infested bed.
Bed bugs are a menace for sure but what can be worse is the bed bug treatment myth that most people have…myths that stop those with bed bug infestations from effectively removing these troublesome bugs from your bed. Listed here are some of the most common myths regarding the issue that anyone looking to rid their beds of bed bugs need to know:
• A simple anti- bed bug mattress cover is the solution
A mattress cover can do only two things- one, it will prevent the bed bugs already in the mattress from coming out (they will die eventually) and two, it will prevent any bed bugs coming in from other areas from plopping themselves up inside the mattress. This is not an effective solution because the bed bugs are still in the house and may still bite you.
• Temporarily move out and the bed bugs will starve to death
Fun fact: Bed bugs can survive for some two to three months without feasting on their host’s blood. This means that unless you have the resources that allow you to live elsewhere for as long as this, moving out is not an effective solution. Also, some bed bugs have been known to survive for as long as a year without feasting on blood.
• Simply turning up the heat will kill the bed bugs
Extreme heat and extreme cold can kill bed bugs but it needs to be done right…and that is not easy or practical. These bugs can die when the temperature hits around 48 degrees Celsius. However, this temperature needs to be maintained for over an hour and evenly throughout the house for it to work. This can be a highly risky DIY if attempted by house owners themselves. An unintentional fire could be started trying to heat the house.
• You need to throw out the infested furniture
It is not a cardinal rule. Unless you have a completely tattered mattress in whose every torn fold bed bugs exist, you don’t need to discard it. In such cases, too, you could simply put a mattress cover to keep the annoying bed bugs trapped inside. With targeted fumigation and thorough vacuuming, you can rid your other furniture of bed bugs. That being said, sometimes you may have to throw out furniture when it’s a lost cause.
If you are facing a problem of bed bugs, it is a good idea to simply invest in a good exterminator service that guarantees a pest free house for a few bucks and no hassles!
Created on Nov 21st 2017 04:13. Viewed 712 times.
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