Fall is the time when all creatures get ready for the winter. Critters seek warm winter havens.From annoying to poisonous, they don’t belong in human habitations. Some, however, are on the rise and may be year round pests. Planet Natural offers advice and products for ecofriendly pest control
Seal up your home as much as possible by checking doors, windows, pipe and wire entrances, foundations, siding and gutters. Many insects need only a pinhole opening to enter. Caulk, insulate, weather strip, etc. to keep you warm and critters out. Expandable foam insulation works well but use sparingly since it expands rapidly. Contact a professional if you aren’t sure of the best solution for your situation. Sanitation is one of the best insect preventatives, so clean your home thoroughly and clean up all food mess immediately.
There has been a significant increase in the number of bed bug infestations reported over the past ten years. The problem has become rampant in hotels, motels, college dorms, nursing homes, day care centers, hospitals, and other public facilities. Many travelers carry their personal stash of products to treat anyplace they sleep.
Found worldwide, the common bed bug is a blood-sucking insect that feeds mostly on humans, but is also known to attack birds, bats and other animals. Bites occur mostly at night and are generally painless when inflicted. However, fluids that are injected during feeding often produce painful welts on the skin that itch and may become severely irritated. As pest numbers increase, more bites occur, and the problem can become progressively worse.
While bed bugs carry human pathogens, it has not been shown that they transmit these diseases to humans or animals. Adult bugs can live a year or longer (most live about 10-11 months) and there may be three or more overlapping generations per year. Under favorable conditions one adult female can lay as many as 200-250 eggs over her lifetime.
During the day bed bugs hide under folds in mattresses, along seams and in between bed posts and bed slats. At night they are on the move and can often be found by checking on and under sheets.
Controlling bed bugs
To get rid of bed bugs wash bed linens, vacuum cracks and crevices and steam clean mattresses and bedroom furnishings. Apply temporary barriers to keep crawling insects from migrating into the bed at night. Often this can be achieved by placing bed legs in containers full of soapy water or by spreading a 2-3 inch layer of petroleum jelly around them.
Remove or eliminate animal nests, such as bird nests or bat roosts, from your house. These animal habitats may be the source of the infestation.
Since bed bug infestations happen year round, repeated treatments may be needed. 99% of pest control companies report having treated bed bug infestations, primarily in residences. Retreatment is often needed because homeowners do not consistently follow treatment plans and practice good sanitary techniques such as cleaning up clutter and thorough consistent housecleaning.
Bed bugs, like most bugs do not like citrus products and borax products. Many are also repulsed by Diatomaceous Earth products, too. However, with bed bugs, the best detection and treatment methods are done by professional pest control companies. Carpets, draperies and other furniture and fabric areas in the home may need treatment in addition to the beds and bedroom areas.
Find a qualified pest control company through an internet search or in the phone directory. Many companies will do a free inspection. For best results, follow their advice and treatment plan.
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