How to prevent and get rid of bed bugs


One can pick up bed bugs almost anywhere. You can pick it up in a place like an office, a store, a hotel and gym center e.t.c. Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are easily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. Bed bugs can be persistent, so one need to demonstrate a greater level of persistence if you want to eliminate them.

Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects. Bed bug is up to 4 to 5 mm when fully grown. It appears swollen and reddish after a blood meal. They are small, nocturnal, wingless insects that belong to the family of Cimicidae. They feed on human blood and other warm-blooded hosts. They are oval in shape, their skin color is rust brown to a deeper red brown. Bed bugs are also known as “mahogany flats,” “red coats” and “chinches.” The adult bed bug does not have wings and has a flattened body. Bed Bugs feed exclusively on blood, and people have respond differently to Bed Bug bites.

Below are ways to get rid and also prevent of bed bug

  • Wash and dry your bed linens often using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.
  • Closely inspect any second-hand furniture for bed bugs before you bring it into your residence.
  • Clean your house regular especially after a move-in, a trip, when a guest stay overnight.
  • Get rid of clutter around the bed
  • Get rid of infested mattress
  • Regularly inspect places where pets sleep for signs of bedbugs.
  • Remove drawers from desks and dressers, and turn furniture over to inspect and clean all hiding spots. All furniture should be pulled away from the walls.
  • You can use a non-toxic spray for controlling bedbugs.
  • When sleeping in a new bed, check for signs of their feces: small, black or dark brown dots on sheets or the mattress.
  • Thoroughly clean the infested rooms.
  • Seal all holes that are exposed in the house.

 Written by

Temitope Ikusika,



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