How to Fix the Problem of Bed Bug Infestation:
DIY vs. Professional Bed Bug Removal
Beds bugs (Cimicidae family) are a nuisance, and almost every other building has experienced the menace of having a bed bug infestation. A bed bug infestation is not one to be taken lightly – they can spread from room to room and can make life hell for the people living there.
These invasive pests have been around for hundreds of years, and have developed ingenious adaptive methods to thrive amongst humans. Bed bugs need humans to survive, and so will turn up wherever there is a human colony.
Bed Bug Habits
A few bed bugs are more than enough to start a full-blown infestation, so always be aware of your surroundings and keep a watchful eye out for bed bugs. Bed bugs can come even in the cleanest of areas, which is why they are found everywhere – from homes to hotels, from hospitals to train bunks!
Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, which mean that they are active only at night. They hide in various corners, cracks, and creases in the mornings, and so can be hard to detect. A bed bug feeds on human blood, and each feeding session can go up to 10 minutes.
Bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide generated by the human body and feed on the surface of the skin when the person is sleeping. Mostly the sleeping person does not notice the bed bugs stuck to his or her skin. They go back into hiding once they have finished feeding.
Bed Bug Facts
Bed bugs not only bring about the loss of peaceful sleep but also cause allergies, irritability issues and damage to household items (such as mattresses) in extreme cases. Bed buds reduce one’s comfort of living and can become a daily source of stress and tension.
People with bed bug infestations in their rooms or homes are often tired and irritable because their skins are itchy and their body is tired of lack of proper sleep.
A few facts about bed bugs:
- They are parasitic, invasive, nocturnal insects
- Bed bugs can cause itchy rashes but are not carriers of any disease
- Bed bugs feed mostly on humans because there is more exposed, furless skin
- They are commonly found in warmer climates
- They do not have wings
- Most bed bugs don’t travel beyond 30 feet or so
- They can only move about 4 feet in a minute
- Bed bugs are found in all 50 states of America
- Female bed bugs lay around eight eggs a day
- Many species of bed bugs are resistant to pesticides
“A few bed bugs are more than enough to start a full-blown infestation, so always be aware of your surroundings and keep a watchful eye out for bed bugs.”
-Organic Pest Control
Bed Bugs in NYC
New York is one of the top ten-bed bug-infested cities in the US. Millions of people in the city struggle with bed bug problems every day. It is always advisable to contact a reliable pest control service before the infestation gets out of hand.
Organic Pest Control NYC is a good choice, as we have expert exterminators that know how to get the job done. Nobody deserves to live a stressful life because of bed bugs!
Identifying Bed Bugs
If the insects around or near your bed are:
- Circular or oval
- 5mm long
- Found in groups or clusters
You can safely assume that they are bed bugs. It is always better to treat a bed bug infestation in its early stages than to wait for it to become more noticeable.
Bed bugs don’t live in colonies or nests- they live in groups that hide in various areas in your house. Bed bugs can be very stubborn – it is quite difficult to remove them completely.
A bed bug that has already fed will look fatter and redder and will leave a red stain on the bed covers if crushed. Bed bugs also leave behind dark spots on clothing, which is due to their fecal matter. Bed bug eggs cannot be seen by the naked eye. Young bed bugs (nymphs) shed their skin as they grow, and this can leave behind stains on bedding.
“Millions of people in the city struggle with bed bug problems every day. It is always advisable to contact a reliable pest control service before the infestation gets out of hand.”
Organic Pest Control
Bed Bugs Bites
Bed bugs feed off the blood of humans using two hollow tubes that can pierce through the skin. The person being bitten, however, will not experience any pain as the bed bug uses a strong analgesic while feeding.
A bed bug can feed off of one human for around 15 minutes. There are species of bed bugs that feed on animal blood, but the commonly found species in the US are those that drink the blood of humans. Adult bed bugs require human blood to lay eggs, and young bed bugs need the blood to mature into adults.
Bed bugs bites can cause the following problems:
- Itchy blemishes on the skin
- Secondary skin infections caused by scratching bed bug bites and blemishes
- Allergic reactions (such as swelling up of the skin)
- Loss of sleep
- Disturbed sleep
- Irritability and Stress
- Psychological disorders (in extreme situations)
- Damaged clothing and furniture
- Musty and acrid odor around bedding and in clothing
Bed bug bites (red, raised bumps) appear a few days after the bed bug has finished feeding. For some people, the bite marks don’t appear at all. It is important not to scratch these bites, as scratching can lead to the skin becoming exposed (thus creating a higher possibility of acquiring an infection).
DIY Methods of Bed Bug Prevention and Elimination
DIY methods of pest control can be effective when applied to smaller infestations. It is also necessary to carry out these home remedies with regularity and precision – something most people don’t do.
Given below are a few commonly used DIY methods of bed bug infestation removal:
1. Use diatomaceous earth
Diatomaceous earth is used for eliminating a lot of pests, not just bed bugs. It is a good non-chemical method of bed bug elimination. Pure diatomaceous earth (which is powdered fossils of aquatic organisms) can dehydrate the exoskeleton of insects, thus killing them.
Sprinkling diatomaceous earth in and around the bed bug infestation site can result in the successful elimination of the same. It is necessary to have regular sprinkling sessions, and the right amount of diatomaceous earth should also be used. It takes around two weeks for the bed bugs to be killed using this method.
2. Use rubbing alcohol
Alcohol is effective in getting rid of bed bugs. Alcohol can dissolve the cells of insects, and so can wipe out bed bugs. Rubbing alcohol also prevents bed bugs, so spray it on bedding and other nearby items.
3. Use baking soda
It is antimicrobial in nature and can dehydrate the bed bugs as it has drying properties. Drop or spread baking soda around the bed bug infested areas. Wipe it away after a few days, and re-apply. Once the bed bugs have gone, you can vacuum away the remaining baking soda.
4. Use a vacuum cleaner
A vacuum cleaner will easily suck up all the bed bugs in its path. However, it is important to throw away the vacuum bag afterward, as some bed bugs can crawl back. A vacuum cleaner might not be very effective when it comes to removing bed bug eggs.
5. Try using cayenne pepper
It is antimicrobial in nature, and its strong smell can drive bed bugs away. Mix with ginger and water to make a spray that can be used to target the infested areas.
Try double-sided tape or insect tape: The bed bugs will get stuck to the tape, and then the tape itself can be discarded. Stick the tape around your bed, in the corners of walls, and along the edges of bedside furniture. The tape can also be stuck on the inside of cupboards.
6. Use a hairdryer
The hot air released by the hair dryer when directed towards bed bugs can kill them as the tiny insects cannot withstand high temperatures. Blow dry all the infested areas (for almost an hour). This method can also get rid of bed bug eggs.
7. Use some good old tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a miraculous essential oil that finds its use in health, skincare and pest control. Tea tree oil is antimicrobial, and its spray (made using water) can help in eliminating the bed bugs. Tea tree oil spray will also get rid of other unwanted microbes in your bedding.
8. Pungent clove oil
The pungent smell of clove oil with drive the bed bugs away (plus they cannot withstand acidic conditions). Apply clove oil to your bed and bedside furniture to keep the bed bugs away.
9. Steam treatment
Subject all your bed bug-infested clothing and bedding to a steam treatment to get rid of the bed bugs. This method is quite useful as bed bugs cannot survive under high temperatures.
10. Clean your house
To prevent bed bugs, make sure your house is decluttered. Give bed bugs less space to hide!
11. Wash clothes with hot water
Wash all your clothes in hot water after returning from a trip. Bed bugs cannot survive high temperatures.
12. Clean bags and suitcases
Carefully clean your bags and suitcases after returning from a trip. If possible, store them away from the sleeping area.
13. Don’t buy second-hand furniture
Be very careful while purchasing second-hand furniture. Used furniture often has bed bugs hidden in the small cracks and crevices.
14. Clean your mattresses
Clean the draperies, beddings, items of clothing and mattresses regularly to prevent bed bugs. Never purchase used or discarded mattresses. These will more often than not contain bed bugs. Remember, even bed bug eggs present in these will be enough to start a full-blown infestation back at your place!
Is DIY Bed Bug Elimination Effective?
Home remedies and DIY methods of bed bug removal and elimination can be effective only if appropriately followed and applied regularly. More often than not, DIY methods are unable to target the source of the problem.
Bed bugs visible to the naked eye get eliminated, but their hiding spots are often left untouched and unaffected. The materials (such as diatomaceous earth and rubbing alcohol) required for home remedies also need to be of good quality to be effective.
Many people have spent lots of money on DIY methods, only to realize that their bed bug infestation is intense and recurring. Bed bugs can live for almost a year in hiding without feeding, so no wonder they come back so easily!
Home remedies can also leave your furniture looking miserable – who wants to have a bed that is always surrounded by tape? DIY methods can thus be stressful, especially if the desired results aren’t obtained in a short span of time.
The methods are also unable to target a large source of the problem – the bed bug eggs that aren’t visible to humans. At most, these eggs look like small spots of dust and are indistinguishable from actual dust particles.
Bed bugs are incredibly sneaky and adaptive, which is why it is no wonder that they often escape the effect of DIY treatments. Only professional NYC pest control can successfully get rid of a bed bug infestation without destroying the house and lose patience!
“Home remedies and DIY methods of bed bug removal and elimination can be effective only if appropriately followed and applied regularly. More often than not, DIY methods are unable to target the source of the problem.”
-Organic Pest Control
Bed Bug Exterminators NYC: Why Use Professional Methods of Bed Bug Removal
Organic Pest Control NYC uses professional methods of pest control that will target your bed bug infestation in its entirety. Our exterminators will scan every nook and cranny of your house, to make sure that no bed bug is left behind.
Our bed bug exterminators use systematic and methodical steps in ensuring the complete elimination of bed bugs. Our techniques of bed bug elimination involve powerful agents (nontoxic to humans) that not only kill bed bugs but also prevent them from returning.
For years residents of New York have depended on Organic Pest Control NYC for reliable beg bug control, and we have always lived up to their expectations and standards.
Investing in the service of professional bed bug exterminators is always the right choice, as you can then blindly be assured that the infestation within your house will eliminate. After all, exterminators are experts in their field – they know all about the insect, its breeding habits, its hiding behavior and its feeding pattern.
“As our name suggests, we use organic and environment-friendly methods of bed bug elimination as well. We use heat treatment, steam treatment, cryonite treatment and other eco-friendly methods of pest control.”
Organic Pest Control
Organic Pest Control NYC has exterminators that have been in the field for years – their experience makes it guaranteed that your house will be restored to its previous bed bug-free environment. We also provide 24/7 service, enabling our customers to reach out for our help at any time.
Our team of exterminators will be able to identify small and big evidence of bed bugs in your household or commercial property. We leave no area unchecked and keep in mind the layout of the building (in order to gauge possible bed bug hiding spots).
As our name suggests, we use organic and environment-friendly methods of bed bug elimination as well. We use heat treatment, steam treatment, cryonite treatment and other eco-friendly methods of pest control.
We understand the need to be chemical-free, and our customers have always had the peace of mind of knowing that their house is in safe, organic hands! In case the customer chooses, we have highly effective chemical treatments for bed bug removal as well.
Based on the intensity and area-coverage of your bed bug infestation, our expert exterminators will devise a systematic plan to eradicate the bed bugs. Your convenience and need is our priority, and we will work according to the same.
We Treat Bed Bugs in All Places: Commercial and Residential Bed Bug Treatment
Homes, hostels, dormitories, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, movie theatres, schools…..there is no place that we cannot rid of bed bugs! Call our experts today to get the bed bug treatment your living space deserves.
New York has always faced the wrath of bed bugs, but Organic Pest Control NYC is here to protect you from it. We have always received positive feedback from our customers, and we intend to maintain this for more years to come. The customer is always our first priority!
We take our profession very easily and understand the challenges that come with pest infestations. We have carefully devised techniques that will ensure that the bed bugs are gone once and for all.
Our pest control service is:
- Highly Effective
- 24/7 available
So, the moment you think you have bed bug, call us to be on the safe side. Why waste time and energy using DIY methods and wondering whether the bed bug infestation will ever go?
Call us today to safely hand over your house to experts who will restore it to its former glory.***