Bed bugs can't take the heat

​​​about bed Bugs and their Life Cycle

Bed bugs can't take the heat

WHAT TO DO

​​Resist the urge to use bed bug sprays, bed bug bombs, or bed bug pesticides as this causes the bed bugs to disperse making it more difficult to eradicate the bed bug infestation:

  • Disrupt them as little as possible so they do not disperse
  • Leave your bed made and intact
  • Wash clothes and dry on high heat then bag all clothes
  • Never use outdoor pesticides inside your home as this can be extremely dangerous
  • Call a professional
Bed bug life cycle

DO YOU HAVE BED BUGS?

There are many bed bug traps that you can purchase on the internet but here is a DIY bed bug trap you can easily make yourself for much less cost.


  1. Take a plastic container such as an old 4 cup potato salad container (taller than wide) and add 5 table spoons of sugar and one table spoon of yeast then fill the container with three cups of room temperature water and mix.
  2. Place this container in the middle of a second (wider and lower sided) plastic "trap" container.
  3. Place paper tape "ramps", or tape short pieces of paper towel, around the outside edge of the low profile plastic container so that they extend from the floor to the top edge of the shorter "trap" container.
  4. Place your bed bug trap under the head of the bed or area where bed bugs are suspected to reside.The CO2 gas, which will be produced from the fermentation process of the yeast and sugar mix, will draw the bed bugs up the ramps and into the the first empty container.


Because the "trap"container is plastic (or glass) the bed bugs will fall in and cannot climb out. Leave the trap in place for three to five days to insure the fermentation process is well underway and is producing adequate amounts of CO2. This trap will provide you with the evidence of a bed bug infestation. Do not rely on this trap to remove all of the bed bug infestation in your house as it will only trap a small portion of the bed bugs in your home and is only meant to identify the presence of bed bugs and not act as a way to rid your home of bed bugs.

SIGNS OF BED BUGS

  • Red or rusty stains on sheets and pillow cases
  • Black small raised spots (Bed bug waste) on sheets, near mattress piping, under the box spring or behind the head board
  • Clusters of 5-15 eggs (size=1mm) on the bed frame, headboard, or mattress
  • Bed bug shells shed by maturing juvenile Bed bugs
  • Live bed bugs (full grown Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and often cluster and move slowly or not at all if undisturbed) 
  • Note: Bed bugs are nocturnal so you will not see them during the daylight hours unless they are disturbed or there is a significant bed bug infestation

THE CDC RECOMMENDS USING HEAT TO KILL BED BUGS

"Bed bug infestations often are treated with insecticides, but insecticide resistance is a problem, and excessive use of insecticides or improper application can increase the potential for illness in humans."  "To prevent future illness from bed bug-related insecticides, NIOSH recommends educating the public about effective bed bug management including:  non-chemical methods to control bed bugs such as heating infested rooms to 118°F (48°C) for 1 hour or cooling rooms to 3°F (-16°C) for 1 hour by professional applicators..."


Reference:http://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2011/09/29/bed-bugs/

LOCATING BED BUGS

​Bed bugs are drawn to the CO2 which you exhale so they are often found in the following areas:

  • Under the mattress piping near the head of the bed
  • Under the box spring near the head of the bed
  • Behind the headboard
  • Under the nightstand or furniture next to the bed
  • In furniture crevices such as sofas
  • Laundry rooms where bed linens are washed
  • Baseboards
  • ​In the screw holes of wood frame beds