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Bugs in Your Bed? Natural Remedies May Not Get Them Out

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Bed bugs infestations have been reported in hotels, apartment buildings and even in movie theater seats. As their name implies, bed bugs are small insects that are most often found living in beds including the box springs, mattress and bed frame.

But they can take up residence anywhere, inside the cracks in furniture, under peeling edges of wallpaper and in most textiles, including bedding and upholstery fabric.

Bed bugs are small, oval and brown in color. Adult bed bugs resemble an apple seed. After feeding, their bodies appear more red and swollen.

An adult female can lay hundreds of eggs which are the size of a speck of dust. Immature bed bugs, known as nymphs, are smaller and may appear clear or pale yellow.

Bed bugs feed on human blood. They are most active at night, so many people with bed bugs wake with bites that that look like small bumps on the skin that may be mistaken for a rash.

Bed bug bites may turn red, swell and itch. Typically no treatment is needed for bed bug bits. Steroid cream or oral antihistamines can help reduce itching.

Although they are not known to carry any diseases, no one wants to share their bed with bed bugs. But getting rid of bed bugs can be a challenge, especially if you want to avoid using chemical bug killers in your home.

Researchers from Rutgers University tested 11 products marketed as alternatives to synthetic chemical bed bug controllers to find out if they really work. The results of their study were published in the Journal of Economic Entomology.

Two of the products were detergents. Nine products were based on essential oils including geraniol, rosemary, mint, cinnamon, peppermint, clove, lemongrass and eugenol.

Other ingredients included sodium lauryl sulfate, 2-Phenethyl propionate, potassium sorbate and sodium chloride.

The products were sold under these brand names:

• Bed Bug 911

• Bed Bug Bully

• Bed Bug Fix

• Bed Bug Patrol

• Ecoexempt IC2

• EcoRaider

• Eradicator

• Essentria

• Green Rest Easy

• Rest Assured

• Stop Bugging Me

Researchers sprayed the 11 products directly onto bed bug nymphs.

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It is extremely easy to get rid of bed bugs. Google “bed sized bed bug trap” to convert entire bed into a trap with sleeper as inaccessible CO2 bait, killing 100% bed bugs including those behind wall and inside electronics when bed bugs seek you instead of you seek bed bugs.
Here are common senses to build your confidence. More than 99% bed bug feeding is at night. Sleeping in bathtub completely eliminates this feeding. Bed sized trap functions much better than bathtub. Exterminators don’t feel difficult to stop bites at day time, neither do you. No bite forever means solving problem immediately. Bed bugs live long in dormant. Bed bugs starve quickly if they feel CO2 and crawl every night for food.
Poor methods fail even 99% bed bugs have been killed. Bed sized trap succeeds even it does not trap any bed bug because the number being trapped does not change when the last bug starves. A camper inside tent does not care how many mosquitoes are killed outside tent. A sleeper on top of bed sized trap does not care how many bed bugs are trapped. With poor methods, it takes months of hard work to know which speed, killing or laying eggs, is faster. No bite today confirms no bite forever because bed bugs population is the highest today and your negligible effort is identical every day if you use bed sized trap. Bed bugs can’t fall from ceiling to bed if you build Scotch slippery barrier on ceiling. Sleeping on a bed with mattress encasement is as nonsense as a camper sleeps outside tent, but uses the tent to cover/seal a bush. Sleeping on top of bed sized trap is as efficient as a camper sleeps inside tent. It is difficult for people to find and kill bed bugs without missing a single one. It is easy for every bed bug to find sleeper and suicide on the way for food without survivor.
Every statement above is common sense. It is extremely easy or extremely difficult to get rid of bed bugs depending on trusting common sense or trusting what most people believe.

October 16, 2014 - 6:20pm
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