How To… Get Rid of Bed Bugs

12 10 2010

So this story is a bit personal. After a weekend of challenging the white waters, a.k.a., white water rafting, my boyfriend and I were extremely drained of energy, and decided to take a nap as soon as we got back home–This nap mind you was at 10p.m. when we got back, and lasted till about 12 the next afternoon– I digress, so when I woke up, I felt a slight itchiness on my ankles. When I started scratching, I realized that the itch was traveling from my ankles, down the base of my foot, to the bottom of my feet. Scratching like a mad woman, I yanked the covers off to take a look at my feet. I was in shock when I looked down at my poor runners… I had about 14 bites on each foot!!!! I quickly shook my boyfriend to get up and forced him to see what I saw.


We were then both in shock. We took off all the covers and threw them straight into the wash with the water cranked to super hot, adding in a large amount of detergent. We then went through every possibility…

FLEAS FROM CATS???????????

Nope, the bites were too big


NITS FROM THE RIVER WATER??????????

Nope, still too big.

What about… Then it hit me! We both had slept on wooden beds, literally, wooden bed frames, where you had to bring your own blankets, pillows, etc.  Hmmmm… what type of insect  likes beds, warm places, and secretly sucks your blood while you sleep?…….. No response?… BED BUGS!!! I was attacked in the middle of the night by bed bugs. I was stupid enough to go to bed with the same sheets that I had used in the cabin. This was definitely one my more blonder moments. So of course I googled. Where do bed bugs come from? How big are they? and most importantly, “How To” get rid of the bastards!!!! Well… below are a few ways to help educate you on bed bugs, and how you should go about bringing them to their demise.

1) DONT FREAK OUT… PATIENCE IS KEY, NOT YOUR IMMEDIATE REACTION

2) DONT START SLEEPING IN ANOTHER BED, OR STAYING AT SOMEONE ELSE’S HOUSE. BED BUGS HAVE A TENDENCY TO FOLLOW THEIR PREY.

3) DONT PURCHASE OR USE ANY PESTICIDES TO TRY AND GET RID OF THEM. BED BUGS ARE ANIMALS TOO. THEY ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE TOOLS OF SURVIVING HARSH ATMOSPHERES AND MAY ALSO BECOME IMMUNE TO THE CHEMICALS YOU CHOOSE TO USE

4) PURCHASE A MATTRESS ENCASEMENT THAT FITS EXACTLY TO YOUR BED’S SIZE, WHETHER KING, QUEEN, OR TWIN.

5) CHANGE YOUR SHEETS AND WASH THE PREVIOUS ONES IN HOT WATER. INSPECT ANY AND ALL CREVICES OF YOUR BED TO ASSURE THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHANGE YOUR FURNITURE

6) DONT AUTOMATICALLY ASSUME THAT THE BED BUGS ARE ONLY IN YOUR BED. THEY LIKE TO CROSS THROUGH APARTMENTS VIA LONG, HORIZONTAL PANELS IN, OR UNDER THE FLOOR. THEY ARE USUALLY LAZY AND DO NOT LIKE TO CLIMB WALLS AND SUCH.

7) LIKE ANY OTHER TYPE OF PEST CONTROL, BED BUGS MUST BE TAKEN CARE OF AT THE ONSET OF THE PROBLEM, BY PROFESSIONALS “ONLY.” IF YOU TAKE ON THE PROBLEM YOURSELF, YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO END UP FAILING, HAVING A BIGGER PROBLEM THAT THE ONE YOU STARTED WITH.

8) MAKE SURE TO TELL NEIGHBORS! YOUR NEIGHBORS NEED TO KNOW BECAUSE BED BUGS DO TRAVEL IN PACKS. ESPECIALLY IN APARTMENTS, IT WOULD BE NICE TO NOTIFY PEOPLE OF UNWANTED VISITORS THAT MAY BE PESTERING THEM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT.

9) VACUUMS ARE HELPFUL BUT THEY ARE NOT THE END ALL. BE SURE TO EMPTY YOUR BAG OR CENTRAL VAC COMPARTMENT, THESE BUGS WILL NOT BE DEAD.

10) LASTLY, BE SURE TO WASH ALL CLOTHES, DONT SIMPLY THROW ALL YOUR CLOTHES IN BAGS; EGGS MAY HAVE BEEN LAIN IN THEM, SO WASH AND STERILIZE ALL OF YOUR CLOTHING, INCLUDING VACUUMING AND STERILIZING THE RUG.


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