CritterKill 16g Bed Bug Smoke Bomb Fogger Fumigator | Kills Bedbugs | Professional Strength Product (4)
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Once you have spotted the signs of a bed bug infestation our experienced team of bed bug exterminators can provide you with the best advice on the most suitable course of action. Bed Bugs are notoriously difficult to remove with over the counter do-it-yourself pest control methods as they can live for a year without feeding. One female adult bed bug can lay 1-10 eggs a day, and 200-500 eggs in their lifetime meaning it is vitally important to find and exterminate every last bedbug present. Bed Bugs are small, flat oval insects that grow to about 5mm in length, about the size of an apple seed. They have a brownish body, that after feeding will become a red colour. Bedbugs feed on the blood of humans and animals and most commonly at night, making them nasty house guests if they do find their way into your home or property. Before the pest control company arrives, they should give you instructions for prepping your home. Follow their directions carefully and you’ll have the best chance of wiping out the bugs. Dessicants are substances that destroy the bugs’ protective outer coating. Without this coating, the bugs dry out and die. Two examples of dessicants are silica aerogel (Tri-Die and CimeXa) and diatomaceous earth. The advantage to dessicants is that bedbugs cannot become resistant to them, but they work slowly. These products can take a few months to kill off all the bugs. Search for bedbugs yourself or hire a professional to do an inspection. Some inspectors use specially trained dogs to hunt down bedbugs by scent.
You can first try to remove bedbugs without chemicals. These bugs are pretty easy to kill with high heat at 115°F (46.11°C) or intense cold at 32°F (0°C).
Insecticides can help rid your home of bedbugs. Look for products that are registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are specifically marked for use on bedbugs. Wash bedding and clothes in hot water for 30 minutes. Then put them in a dryer on the highest heat setting for 30 minutes.
Pyrethrins and pyrethroids are the most common chemicals used to kill bedbugs. However, some bedbugs have become resistant to them. If these methods do not wipe out all the bugs, you may need to try an insecticide. Nonchemical and chemical treatments Bedbugs’ small and narrow bodies enable them to squeeze into tiny spots, like the seams of a mattress or couch and the folds of curtains. Healthline has strict sourcing guidelines and relies on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations. We avoid using tertiary references. You can learn more about how we ensure our content is accurate and current by reading our editorial policy. If you’ve got bedbugs, you want to find them early before they start to reproduce. It’s much easier and cheaper to treat a small infestation than a big one. But smaller infestations can be harder to detect.
Once you’ve cleaned all visible bedbugs, make the area inhospitable for the rest of them. Place bedbug-proof covers over your mattress and box spring. Zip these covers up all the way. Bugs that are trapped inside will die, and new bugs will not be able to get in. Neonicotinoids are versions of nicotine. They damage the bugs’ nervous system. This type of chemical works on bedbugs that have become resistant to other pesticides. Professional treatments take two to three visits to start working. After each treatment, you may have to stay out of the treated rooms for a few hours until the insecticides have dried. Pest control companies can also use whole room heat treatments. They bring in special equipment that heats up the room to a temperature between 135 and 145 °F (57.22 and 62.78 °C) — high enough to kill bedbugs.