Elimination, Description of Common Bed Bugs
Bed bug elimination is best accomplished by first understanding the pest that has invaded your home - especially where bedbugs hide. Knowing bed bug habits and description of bedbugs will give you knowledge needed when choosing and applying the best control products.
The most common mistake made when controlling bed bugs: not knowing which
type of insecticide to use in the correct areas. Most of the people who
read this article will skip the most important step: dusting cracks and crevices
with an insecticide dust. Crack and crevice work is a little more
time-consuming than spraying, which is why some people choose to skip this step.
Once bed bugs have invaded your home, they can be a little tough to eliminate. Their habits, size and their hardy nature help contribute to their persistence in homes that they have invaded.
An adult bed bug is not very large; it is usually about 1/4 an inch long. The small body size helps this pest to hide in areas that make their elimination difficult. The bed bug nymph succumbs to pest control products easier than their adult counterparts but (just like adults) can go for long periods without food. Blood taken from humans is the preferred food of young and adult common bed bugs.
There are other species of bed bugs (besides the common bed bug) that prefer other hosts (bats, swallows, pigeons, starlings, etc.) but these blood feeding pests will also feed on humans if given the opportunity.
A bed bug's secretive nature makes it a difficult pest to identify and eliminate. These insects are not seen crawling around in the daylight hours where they would be easily identified. They hide in various areas during the day and come out at quiet times of the night to feed on human blood. Since they usually wait for their host to go to sleep, the host does not see or feel their presence. The obvious sign that a bed bug infestation is in a room is the presence of small drops of blood on sheets and pillows or pillow cases.
Bed bug elimination procedures, methods and
products closely resemble those used for indoor
tick elimination, due to their size, harborage areas and habits.
Thorough inspection of the premises will save you time and money. These
tiny bugs can be found in any small crack in proximity to where humans rest or
sleep. These cracks and crevices are generally behind and beneath
baseboards, beneath area rugs, between carpeting and walls, in power areas of
appliances or even in the folds of curtains and drapes in the infested room.
A thorough vacuuming of cracks, crevices and other areas where bed bugs hide is
an essential part of an integrated pest management program targeting this
A general purpose spray can be used on carpets, furniture
and baseboards to help cut back on some of the population but the most important
pest control tool you can use is an insecticide dust.
Many pest control service technicians are now using premium fogging solutions in
addition to other suggested pest management procedures for bed bug
control. When fogging with a cold fogger is required for stubborn or re-occurring
bed bug infestations, Shockwave Fogging is giving best fog
results. Shockwave Fogging contains a high amount of
natural pyrethrins (1.00%) and also contains an IGR.
Fogging is rarely considered to be great controller of pests when used
alone. Only use a fog when a very fast kill of existing bugs is
needed. Fogging mainly kills exposed bugs that are not hiding in cracks or
crevices. With the addition of Pyriproxyfen IGR,
Shockwave Fogging does give an extra residual effect.
Bed Bug Sprays
General purpose sprays such as Suspend SC
and D-Fense SC that are water safe for fabrics are preferred for elimination of bed bug
populations. D-Fense and Suspend SC are odorless and (when used as directed)
use in homes where children and pets live. (The active ingredient is Deltamethrin, the same material found
in Delta Dust.) Use this insecticide to spray
carpets, flooring, rugs and baseboards. Do not spray bedding, mattresses
or pillows with this product. If you want to spray these objects, use a
spray that is labeled for such use. Bedlam
Insecticide can be sprayed on inanimate objects such as bedding, stuffed animal
toys, etc. in homes.
Bed Bug Dust
Once your insecticide spray has been allowed to dry, it is time to apply your insecticide dust. Drione Dust is the very best product for killing bed bugs where they hide, in cracks and crevices. Use a Crusader Duster for applying this product. Bed bugs can hide in many places where your dust must be applied properly or you will have a failure in your effort to control the bugs.
Dusts used in bed bug elimination are listed on Bed Bug Control products page.
Areas to dust include seams or joints in the construction of bed frames, inside boxed springs, flooring beneath beds, behind and beneath baseboards and baseboard moldings - any area small enough for bed bugs to enter and hide. Once