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How to Identify and Rid Yourself of a Bed Bug Infestation

Written by Natalia Evdokimova   // June 24, 2012   // Comments Off

How to Identify and Rid Yourself of a Bed Bug Infestation

A is no laughing matter. The consequences of not dealing with the bugs are tedious and costly. Because of the bites, some people have been driven to insanity. Countless mattresses and other furniture have been thrown out. The list goes on.

Before you start torching your apartment or your house, learn how to identify and how to rid yourself of the potential hoard.

Bed bugs, or , are . To sustain themselves, they feed off of their host’s , which can be any living organism like a cat, a dog, or even a human. Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and closely resemble it, as well. Their colors range from a light, almost translucent brown to a darker hue, depending on the age of the bug. Often times, bed bugs are nocturnal and are attracted to body warmth and carbon dioxide, making animals a perfect target for their feeding habits. Finally, it is difficult to find the since they hide in small cracks and crevices during the day.

bites

More often than not, are mistaken for mosquito bites. If the problem persists for more than two days and you do not hear or see any mosquitoes, you are probably dealing with bed bugs.

To discern the bites from other insects, bed bug bites usually have a dark spot in the center. They appear one to three days after the initial bite. They’re also not spaced too far apart and usually look like an upside “1.” If you have these tell tale signs, contact an exterminator immediately. Also, if you need further verification, talk to your dermatologist as they will have more information and will provide a better diagnosis.

How to discover bed bugs

There are two ways that you can discover bed bugs: the traditional and the unusual. Before you go the unusual route, you may be successful in finding them without the extra money spent. Check your mattress, your covers, and your walls for black dot-like stains. If you see them, rub it in with toilet paper. If it smears, then you have successfully found the feces of the bed bugs! Alternatively, you can find the old skin of bed bugs. Check any cracks in your furniture, your floorboards, or your walls. There, you may be able to discover the white, transparent shell of a bed bug’s previous outer shell.

If you are sure that you have bed bugs and have yet to find them using the traditional method, it’s time to buy dry ice. Yes, dry ice! Since dry ice releases carbon dioxide when it melts, it’s a perfect trap and method for bed bugs. To make this work, place dry ice into a stable container in the evening. Surround the container with white paper; it will make seeing the parasites easier. After the bed bugs sense the carbon dioxide, they should flock towards the container.

Once discovered

After you’ve found out that you have a bed bug , call the housing department of your city, your landlord, or your exterminator. Any of these authorities should be able to successfully rid you of this . They will use a blend of pesticides and non-pesticide methods to achieve this goal. Exterminators may even ask you to vacuum every day or every other day.

Finally, remember that even though bed bugs have an incredible will to live, they do have natural enemies. Anteaters and spiders make the top of the list, but since anteaters are thought of as an “exotic” pet in the United States, it may be difficult to procure a cute little bed-bug-eating critter. But that’s all right. Spiders are content with ridding you of your infestation if you let them. So next time you see a spider, don’t squash it, and invite it to the bed bug party.


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insect

insects

inside

inspired

install

installation

installing roof vents

installing vents

instructions

insulating

insulating windows

insulation

insulation material

insurance

interest

interior

interior decorating

interior design

interior designer

interior latex paint

internal temperature

invaders

invasive plant

investment

italian

italian restaurant

jack

jackets

jalapeno

jam

japanese painted fern

jar

jars

jeans

jelly beans

jewelry

job

joist wrap

jonathan

journal

juicy fruit

juicy topping

junk

junk drawer

junk mail

kale

keepsakes

ketchup

kid-friendly

Kids

kids room

kit

kitchen

kitchen cabinets

kitchen counter

Kitchen Ideas

kitchen pantry

kitchen pests

kitchen space

kitchen storage

kitchen table

kitchen tools

kitten

kittens

kitty

kneeling pad

knick-knacks

knife

knives

knobs

label

labor

lace

lacquer

ladder

lager

lamb's ear

lamp

lampshade

landfill

landfill waste

Landmann Scroll Series 30-Inch Copper Fire Pit with Spark Guard

landscape

landscape fabric

landscaping

lanterns

laptop

larg kits

large bounty

large projects

large yard

laser

last minute gathering

latex

laundry bags

lavonoids

law

lawn

leaf

leak

lean

lean pork

lean protein

leaves

LED

leek soup

lemon

lemon juice

length

leopard print

level

lid

lids

life vests

lifestyle

lighbulbs

light

light bulbs

light cabinetry

light pasta

light weight

lightbulbs

lighthouse

lighting

lighting design

lightweight

lilyturf

lime juice

limited area

limited available space

limited open areas

linens

linoleum

lipstick

liquid

liquid nails

liquor

list steps

lists

litter box

litter box train

little

live green

live pumpkins

living areas

living green

living mulch

living room

living spaces

lobelia

local

local butcher shop

local florists

local nursery

location

Logan 24 Inch Craft & Hobby Mat Cutter

loin

lone hostess

long-term use

look of depth

love to bake

love to cook

low budget

low-carb diet

low-growing plants

low-maintainence border

lunch

lush green

luxury

magazine

magazine picture

magazines

magnets

magnolia tree

magnolias

main course

main dish

main meal

maintaing a spring garden

maintaining

maintenance

make

make your own furniture

make your own notebook

makeover

making

making a shoe rack

making bookmarks

making coasters

making decorations

making meatloaf

making own jewelry

management recycling program

managing time

mandolines

mantel

mantel depth

manufacturer instructions

manufacturing

margarine

marker

markers

market

marshmallows

mask

masks

mat

material

material list

materials

materials needed

maturation

mcintosh

meal

meal planning

meals

meat

meat counter

meat dish

meat substitute

meatballs

meatballs recipe

meatloaf

medication

medicine

memorial day

memorializing your life

memories

memory

mental health

mercury

mess-free

mess-kit

messy

metal

methods

mexican

Mexico

microwave

microwaving

mildew

minerals

mini bulbs

mirrors

mites

mobile

mobile toddler

modern

modern piece

moist

moisture

moisture-loving pests

mold

molded case

mom

money

mood

mood lighting

morning sun

mortar

mosaic

mosaic coasters

mosaic floor

mosaic patio slab

mosaic tiles

mosquitoes

Moss Rose

mother

moths

mounding

movie

mulch

multiple rooms

mum

mummy

mums

music

must-serve dessert

mustard seed

mutsu

nacho

nader

nails

naked eye

name cards

napkin rings

napkins

native plants

natural

natural beauty

natural disaster

natural light

natural methods

nature

nautical

neat

necessary ingredients

necklace

necklaces

neckties

needs

neighborhood

net lights

neutral

new

new carpet

new look

new parents

New Year's party

newspaper

newspapers

nickname

night

nitrogen

no baking

no skill

no-bake dessert

no-cook

non-toxic beauty products

North Pole

northern spy

notebook

notebook creation

nourishment

November

nurseries

nursery

nutcracker

nutmeg

nutrients

nuts

oatmeal

objects

occupied

ocean

October

off the vine

office

office project

oil

oil cap

oil disposal box

oils

old

old glass

old hardcovers

old lamp

old neckties

old potato sack

old tin cans

old window frames

old-fashioned

older dogs

onion

onions

online

open

open space

option

orange

Orchids

ordinary toilet

organic

organic compost

organic flowers

organic mulch

organization

organization help

organization tips

organizational skills

organize

organized

organized office

organized workshop

organizer

organizing

organizing a garage sale

organizing a nursery

organizing a yard sale

organizing apps

organizing every day

organizing journal

organizing tips

organizing tools

organizing your day

organizing your room

ornament

ornaments

other plants

out of doors

outbuildings

outdoor

outdoor area

outdoor areas

outdoor candle holders

outdoor kitchen

outdoor living

outdoor party

outdoor planters

outdoor project

outdoor space

outdoor use

outdoors

outlet

outside

outside office

oven

oven-roasted tomatoes risotto recipe

over watering

over-fertilizing

overconsumption

overcrowded kitchen

overhead

overnight slumber party

overwhelming

overwintering

ow to

own

package

packages

pages

Paint

paint a roof

paint a roof white

paint additives

paint chips

paint finishes

paint sample strip

paint strips

Painting

painting a roof

painting project

painting tips

paints

pair of jeans

pan-fried potatoes

panel

pantries

Pantry

paper

paper bags

paper flow

paper flowers

paper lanter

paper leaves

paper plate

paper rolls

paper supplies

paper towel tube

paper towels

papers

paperworks

paraffin wax

parasites

parents

paring knife

partial shade

partial sun

participation

parties

party

party appetizers

party etiquette

party foods

party guidelines

party hats

party ideas

party masks

pasta

pasta bake

pasta dishes

pastry bags

patchwork

patchwork cushion

patio

patio furniture

pattern templates

patterned colors

pavement

paver stones

pavers

peanut butter

peanut butter pie

peanut butter pie recipe

peat

peat humus

pecking order

pectin

peel

pencils

pens

perennial

perennial bulb

perennial shade garden

perennials

perfect

perfect cake

perfect carpet

perfect cooking

perfect pies

perfect planters

perfect steak

perfectly cooked pasta

perfume

period

perishable items

perrenial plants

personal goal

personality

personalization

personalized

personalized bookmarks

personalized bouquet

personalized decorations

personalized gifts

personalized touch

pest control

pests

pet

petal

pets

ph

pH levels

pH testing

pham fatale

Phillips

Phlox

phosophorous

phosphate

photo

photographs

photography

Photoperiodic flowering plant

Photoperiodism

photos

physical

pickling lime

pickup

picnic

picotee

picture frame

picture frames

pie

pie crusts

pie season

pie-making skills

pillar candle

pillow

pinching back

pine

pine bark

pine cones

pints

pinwheel

pinwheel designs

pinwheels

Pinzon Round Bamboo Chopping Block with Inset Mezzaluna

pita

pizza

pizzazz

place

placemats

plan

planning

plans

plant

plant combinations

plant roots

planters

planting

planting in containers

planting season

planting tomatoes

plants

plants with foliage

plaque

plaster casting decorations

plastic

plastics

play room

PLU number

plug

plumb-line

plumber

plumbers tape

plumbing

plywood

poached eggs

poison ivy

poison oak

poison sumac

poisonous

polish

pollination

polyurethane

pond liner

pond pump

pool

poolside fiestas

poor drainage

popping

pops

popsicle

popsicle garland

popular vegetables

popularity

porch

pork

pork chops

port chairs

portable

portable greenhouse

portable sprinkler

portion

pot

potash

potassium

potato

potato sack

potato sack candle holder

potatoes

potpourri

pots

pottery

potting soil

potty outside

potty time

potty trained

poultry

power

power outages

pre-made furniture

prep time

prep work

prepackaged

preparation

prepared

preparing fish

preparing foods

pressure

pressure canner

pressure wash

pressure-assist model toilet

prevalence

prevent

preventative flea and tick medication

preventative measures

primary secondary and tertiary colors

primer

pring

print blocks

printing blocks

prints

prioritize

prioritizing

problem

problems

process

process time

procrastinate

procrastinating

produce

product

products

professional

professionals

project

project lists

project or kids

projects

propane

proper

proper balance

proper disposal

proportion

pros

protection

protein

prune

pruning

psychology

pumkins

pumpkin art

pumpkin carving

pumpkin decorations

pumpkins

pup

puppies

puppy

puppy-proof

purchase

purchasing

purchasing fish

purify

purpose

purse

purse organizer

puzzle

pyramid

qi

qigong

qualities

quality baked goods

quarts

quick fall decorations

quick-growing vines

quilt

quilters

rabbits

rack

rain garden

rain gutters

raise

raising chickens

rake

random icons

rash

raspberries

raspberry

raspberry crop

rawhide

re-bloom

re-blooming

re-upholster

read label directions

reading

ready

rearranging

reason

reasons

rebate

recipe

recipe ideas

recipes

reconstruction

recreate

recycle

recycle-friendly

recycled

recycling

red

red delicious

red earthrworms

red wine

red wrigglers

redesign

reduce

reduce bills

reduce odors

refill plug

refinish

reflective surfaces

refreshing

refrigerator

regular basis

regular grooming

regular routine

reindeer

remedies

remodeling

remodelling

removing old wallpaper

renovating

renovations

rent

renting

repainting

repair

repellent

replace

replacing

reports

repurposed woolen socks

residential gardens

resources

restaurant

retirement fund

retreat

reuse

reuse crafts

reuse projects

reused

rhizome

Rhus tox

rhyme

rib

ribbon

ribbon pasta

ribbons

ribs

rich

rich humus

right color

right help

right variety

rings

rinse

ripe

ripe tomatoes

risk

risotto

road

road trip

roasted chicken

roasting sunflower seeds

rock gardens

rocks

rod pasta

rodents

roll

roller

roof

roof vents

room

room temperature

roomy

root-rot

rope lights

rose hips

rosemary

roses

rot

rotten eggs

round

routine

row

rsvp form

rubber stamps

Rudolph

rugs

rules

run-down

running

running stitches

running toilet

rv

s'mores

sachet

safe

safe disposal

safe garage

safe house

safe money

safer walkway

safety

safety proof

sage

sage tarragon

salad

salad spinners

sale

salon-quality coloring

salons

salt cravings

saltine crackers

sand

sand paper

sanding

sandpaper

sanitize

Santa

saturation

sauce

sauced burritos

saves time

saving energy

saving money

saving water

savings

savory

savory beef stew

sawing

scale

scale of items

scary

schedule

scheme

school

school bags

school books

science

scrap fabric

scrapbook

scrapbooking

scrapbooks

scratch

screw

screw driver

screws

scroll

sea salt

seal

sealer

seashells

season

seasonal

seasons

seat

seat cushions

seats

sedum

sedum acre

seed

seed's packaging

seedlings

seeds

self-leveling laser

self-sowing

self-storage

self-storage unit

sent

sepal

septic system

sequin

serrated knife

sew

sewing

sewing crafting project

sewing machine

sex

shade

shade garden

shade gardens

shades

shallots

shampoo

shanks

shape

share

sharing

shed

shed hair

shedding

sheds

Sheen

sheep milk

sheer

shelf

shelf liner

shell

shelter

shelves

shepherd's pie

shepherd's pie recipe

shirt

shoe

shoe rack

shoes

shop tools

short

short day plant

short-lived pets

shovel

shower

shower caddies

shower curtain

showers

shrub

shrubs

side dish

silicone

silverware

simple

simple grill

simple ingredients

simple steps

simple supplies

simple syrup

simple tips

simplifying

single blade Tiny screw driver

single bloom

single flower

single pane windows

single-paned window

sirens

sirloin

situation

size

skill-free

skills

skim milk

skin

skunk

skunks

slabs

sleek

sleep

sleeping bag

slide-outs

slides

sliding glass door

slots

slow cooker

slow cooker meals

slow cookers

slugs

small

small apartment

small apartments

small children

small house

small kitchen

small kits

small patio

small portion

smart preparations

smashed potatoes

smell

smoke detectors

smoked meat

smooth application

snack

snack foods

snacking

snails

snap beans

sneakers

snowman

soak

soap

soccer game

social interaction

society

sod

soffit vents

soggy mud puddles

soil

soil nutrients

soil type

solar

solar energy

solar energy panels

solar power

sold

solid colors

solution

solving the problem

something for everyone

soup

soup recipe

Southwest

spa

space

spaces

spade

spaghetti

spaghetti dinner

sparkling fish

spawning point

special

special diet

special events

special occasion

specialty shaped pasta

species

spend

spice level

spices

spigot

spirits

sponges

sports

spray

spray bottle

sprayed

sprayed by a skunk

spraying skunk

spraypaint

spring

spring cleaning

spring cleaning agents

spring crafts

spring flowers

spring holidays

spring lawn

spring projects

sprinkling system

squash

stain

stained

stained glass windows

standalone meal

standard

standard paint job

Stanley 77-154 SP5 FatMax Five Beam Laser Kit

staple

staple items

start plants from seeds

started

state park

statuettes

steak

steak type

steaks

steps

sterilized jars

stew

stew recipe

stiches

stick blenders

stickers

stir-frying

stitch

stkea

stock paper

stock up

stock up.shelter

stop a draft

storage

storage boxes

storage building

storage space

store

store brands

store towels

store-bought

store-bought bag

store-bought household cleaners

stored

storing things

storm

story

stove

strainer

strand

streaks

streamline

stress

stretch

stretching

string

string beans

stripes

student

stuff

stuffed tomatoes

stuffed toys

style

style change

styles

styrofoam

sub roll

sub sandwich

substitute

subterranean rooms

success

successful outdoor party

suet

sugar

suggestions

summer

summer camping

summer cooking

summer eating

summer fruits

summer months

summer poinsettia

summer sun

summer veggies

summertime meals

sun

sun lovers

sunblock

sunburn

suncatchers

sunday

sunflower

sunflower chips

sunflower seeds

sunflowers

sunlight

Sunset Zone

sunshine

Super Bowl

supplies

support

sustainability

sustainable

sustainable lifestyle

sweet

sweet potato vines

sweet recipe

sweet tooth

swimmer's ear

swing set. playground

swings

t-shirts

table

tablecloth

tacks

tags

tai chi

tailgate

take-out food

tapestry

tarter

tasks

tasty

tasty bite

tasty recipe

tax breaks

tea

team

team green lifestyle

technique

techniques

Technology

teenagers

teens

temperature

temperatures

temple

tent

test strips

tex-mex food

texan

texture

thanksgiving

thaw

The Rumford Gardener AMW5000 16-Piece Tool Set with Molded Case

theater

theme

theme parks

thistle

thistle seed

threatened skunk

thrift

thrift shop

thrips

throw pillows

throwing a party

thumb

thyme

tickseed

tie-dye

tie-dying

tiebacks

tight budget

tile

time

time management

tin cans

tin roofs

tinsel

tiny

tip

tips

to-do

toddler

toffee bar

toilet

toilet tissue-roll tube

toilets

tomato juice

tomatoes

too much

tool box

tool kit

tools

toothpaste

top home tips

top-coat. oil-finish

torch

tote

tote bags

totes

touch

towels

toxic

toxic substances

toxins

toys

trade

traditional wood

trail map

trained

training

tranquility

transplanting

trap

trapping fruit flies

trapping pests

trapping wasps

trash

trash containers

travel first aid kit

treasured

treat

treat yourself

tree

trees

trellises

tricks

trimming

troubles at home

true shade perennials

tube pasta

tuber

tulip

turkey

turkey chili

turkey chili recipe

turkeys

Turks

TV

tv remote

twine

types

types of apple

types of pasta

UL

unbleached

under-fertilizing

unfinished bookcase

unforeseen disasters

unhealthy

unhealthy cooking

uniform

unique

unique quality

unique touches

unit

unread materials

upholstered

upholstering foam

urbanites

urushiol

USDA

USDA Zone

use

used

used items

used materials

useful items

uses

using cooking oils

using coupons

utility usage

vacation

vaccinations

vacuuming

valence

valentine's

valentine's day

value

valve

vampire

variable-speed-rotary

variegated

varieties

variety

vase

vases

vechile

vegetable

vegetable garden

vegetables

vegetarians

veggie

veggies

vehicle

velcro

ventilation

ventilation system

vents

vermicompost

vermicomposting

vernalization

versatile

versatility

vertical gardens

vet visits

veteran clippers

viable space

video

vinaigrettes

vine

vine-ripe tomatoes

vinegar

vinegar fly

vines

vintage

vintage candles

vintage candlesticks

vintage frames

vintage prints

vintage puzzle magnets

vinyl

violets

virus

visual appeal

visual trick

vital organs

vitamin

vitamins

votive candle holders

votive candles

walk-in area

walking

walking space

walkway

wall canvases

wall colors

wall-hanging

wall-hangings

Wallies Peel and Stick Chalkboard Mural

wallpaper

wallpaper removal

walls

wardrobe

warm

warm climates

warm jars

warm weather

warmth

warning

wash your hands

washer

washing

wasp

wasps

waste

water

water conservation

water lilies

water sitting

water spigot

water-hogging plants

watercolors

watering

watermelon

watermelon garden

watermelon patch

waterpark

wax begonia

ways

weather stripping

Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18 1/2 Inch Smoker

wedding

wedding bouquet

wedding invitation

wedding scroll

wedding scroll invitation

wedding season

weddings

weed killer

weeding

weeds

weekend

weekend project

welcome sign

welcoming escape

well-being

well-drained

well-drained soil

well-organized desk

what to do

what to grow

what to recycle

what to serve

wheels

whistle

white

white flowers

white roof

white vinegar

white wine

whiteflies

whole family

why organization helps

wife

wildlife

wilt

wind water

window

window boxes

window insulators

window screens with holes

windows

wine

wine bottles

wine cork

wine sleeve

wine yeast

wine-fried chicken

winter

winter blues

winter months

wire

wire ties

wish list

without painting

woman

wood

wood chips

wood cleaner

wood posts

wooden flowers

wooden heart decoration

wooden spoons

wool

wool items

woolen socks

work

work project

workbench

working from home

workshop

workshops

wrapped steak

wrapping

wrapping paper

wrapping paper cutter

wrapping tissue

wreath

wrench head

yard

yard sale

yard sale inventory

yardsale

year

yellow

yellow summer squash

yield

yoga

yogurt

yolks

yummy

yummy recipe

zone

zones

zucchini

zygocactus