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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bed Bugs – How They Enter Our Homes and How to Eliminate Them

By Albert Arce on October 18, 2011
Bed bugs cause unnecessary vexation to family members in numerous households. These pests are infamous bloodsuckers and have a preference for warm blooded animals like cats, dogs and humans, with humans being their first preference. In addition, getting rid of them is not easy at all and it requires a serious bug control effort to remove them.
Travellers often bring bed bugs with them to a new place where they grow rapidly and begin annoying the residents of the home. They invade beds, furniture, carpets and any such objects where they can find holes and cracks.
A common misconception about bed bugs is that they spread because of lack of cleanliness, but nothing can be farther from the truth. Bed bugs are creatures that are thirsty for blood and not trash, and thus trash removal is not a very useful way to control them. However, keeping the surroundings sanitized and dirt free can assist in easy spotting of these bugs.
That bed bugs are too small to be seen without any magnifying device is another misconception. The fact is that bed bugs are actually large enough to be spotted with naked eyes but they have a flat body which helps them vanish into little holes and clothing folds easily, making it hard to locate them.
They will normally bite once a week or so, and they can really survive for a long time without eating – commonly six months, but sometimes over a year.
One of the easiest ways to get rid of bed bugs is to engage an expert pest controller who can disinfect the home of these pests. However, if you want to fight bed bugs on your own, the next best thing to do is to vigorously wash bed sheets, carpets etc. in hot water and then allow them to dry in the sun. Crevices in the walls should be closed with a sealant, and any piece of furniture that has holes must be removed to avoid them from turning into breeding grounds for these bugs.
You probably think that it is not a priority for you to administer pest control measures for your home right now. For some reason in the future, you might be putting your house up for sale even if it’s not something that you would wish to do as of the moment. No matter how appealing your home is from the outside, real estate brokers and buyers would steer clear of it if they see marks of pest infestations. A termite colony existing in your house’s foundation could very well diminish the resale value of your property. Moreover, lending institutions can be very strict in approving loan applications, especially if you will use your residence as collateral; you may find your application refused if the bank representatives discovered pest infestations in your household when they come over for visual appraisal. Thus, although the cost to hire a professional pest control company to eliminate pest infestations in your home may be high, consider it a good investment for the future resale value of your home.


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