We love rains. Yes, we truly do. Walking in the rain, curling up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate, a good book or a great movie on the laptop. Eating hot bhajjis while watching it pour outside.
Sounds great? It sure is.
But sometimes, uninvited guests end up joining you at home – the creepy crawly types.
Bed bugs also love wet weather. Monsoons are, infact, their favourite season. They crawl into your clothes, your bed, your sofa, too, sometimes.
Bed bugs seem to have become more common now days because of frequent travelling, immigration and their resistance to insecticides.
True, you might have the best bed bug killer spray in the market, but those teeny creatures are quite smart in finding hideaways that the spray does not reach.
Bedbugs bites can cause painful lesions, that can get further infected. (We won’t show you those ugly photos here but trust us, it can get quite bad!) It can also cause quite a bit of anxiety, leading one to have imaginary itches, and the anticipation of being bitten.
Where do they come from?
You can get them from just about anywhere. These small bugs are opportunists, and they patiently wait as long as they need to until a victim comes along that they can hitch a ride to their next destination where they can breed and feed.
So it could be a friend’s house or a bus ride, or a stay at a hotel. Or that second-hand sofa you got at the flea market. The places are endless!
Preventing bed bugs from hitchhiking to your home:
- Any second-hand furniture should be steamed thoroughly or sprayed before you move it into your house.
- Regular cleaning and vacuuming should be maintained to decrease the possibility of an infestation. If you are moving to a place where people have lived before, you should consider fumigating the house along with the furniture before moving in.
- If you just got back from a trip, put your clothes in a separate hamper and wash them immediately.
- Things which are being exposed to moisture have a huger possibility of having bugs in them. One of the options to get the eggs and bugs destroyed is by giving a heat treatment that leads to throw them away.
Do it yourself:
Cold can kill a bedbug, but only after days. So how do you deal with the pest that is under your bed, when in emergency? Its time to do something yourself now.
- Mattresses with box springs and wooden frames are more prone to bed bugs. Keep a check regularly on the crevices that seem to be deeper than the bed. You can lift up your mattress to expose the whole underlying part, to check the evidences.
- Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor. It is better to keep the mattress off the floor and ideally have a four legged bed.
- Enclose your mattress, box springs and pillows in specially designed covers that enable you to close up and fully seal everything to avoid bugs in or out of them. White covers makes it easier to detect the bugs, and easier for the human eye to see.
- Use powdered kits that are harmless to humans and pets; they treat as tiny razor blades to the bugs and help eradicate them.
Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. It is recommended to use professional pest control services at least once in 6 months to a year to ensure that your house is pest-free. Pest control services also ensure that your house is rid of cockroaches and other little vermin.