Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Where Bed Bugs Come From and How People Get Them

Bedbugs, lice, and roaches are mankind's biggest pests and have been following us since the stone age, and likely even before.
bed bug life cycle illustrated picture
The Bed Bug Life Cycle
Roaches can be found anywhere there's food, but bed bugs are found mainly in people's houses - and like mosquitoes they live on blood. They live in the mattress, in the bedsheets, in clothes, and in furniture (mostly couches, beds, and chairs). In some countries they are called Wall Lice (veggdyr) or 'Furniture Lice'.

How do people get bedbugs?

Or rather how to not get bed bugs.
If a person has bed bugs in the house they can attach to your clothes. If you're unlucky you bring them home and they might multiply.
They find you by your smell - the CO2 your breathe out and maybe also heat from your body, which is how they find their way to beds and soft furniture.

Video: How To Inspect for And Find Bedbugs

How to get rid of bed bugs

Here are some options:
  • A CO2 machine specifically designed to attract and trap bed bugs
  • A professional exterminator
  • Use preventative measures - 'shoes for your furniture so bed bugs can't climb up'
  • A special designed heater tent for clothes and small furniture - this tent and electric heater combo can be useful for some larger objects.
It can be wise to take all your clothes, bed sheets, pillow covers etc. in a  dryer, (or heater tent) at high temperatures, to kill any bed bugs and eggs that might be there.
It can also be wise to get rid of the mattress, couch, or soft chairs that have a bed bug problem, if you can't put them in any safe heater. Even after extermination there might still be bed bug eggs there.

Bed Bugs - Short Documentary

If you think your house is bug free check out this next video! A bit creepy? I got itchy from just writing this article, and now this!

No House is Insect Free - Short Documentary

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