Kill bedbugs with a hairdryer

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A modern, comfortable apartment is not a guarantee that you will avoid encountering bedbugs. These pests can enter your home from a variety of sources, be it neighbors through the vents or accidentally getting into your belongings while traveling. Even new upholstered furniture from the store can be infested with bedbugs. The presence of these guests causes dissatisfaction, since bedbugs are not only unpleasant blood-sucking parasites, but also carriers of various infections that pose a danger to human health.

Methods for controlling bedbugs

There are two broad groups of methods for controlling bedbugs: preventative and those aimed at destroying already infested premises. All the methods presented in the article have been tested in practice and can help you completely get rid of bedbugs or reduce their number before professional disinfectors arrive.

Basic approaches to bed bug control include:

  1. Physical methods;
  2. Mechanical methods;
  3. Chemical methods.

The specific method you choose depends on how large the bedbug population is in your home. If the number of pests is so high that you can see them even during the day, you should immediately resort to drastic measures such as using chemical insecticides. In small populations, it may be possible to use physical or mechanical methods to get rid of bedbugs.

Physical method of fighting bedbugs

Physical methods of controlling bedbugs include the use of high and low temperatures, creating unfavorable conditions for the pests to survive. However, the effectiveness of such methods may be limited. High temperatures, such as summer heat or frost, are not always able to completely destroy bedbugs, especially if they are in hard-to-reach places.

However, there are thermal disinfestation methods that can be used to reduce the number of bedbugs:

  1. Pouring boiling water: Treatment of infected areas with hot boiling water. The water temperature must be at least 95 degrees. This process should be repeated several times.
  2. Boiling and washing at high temperature: Processing bed linen and clothing at high temperatures.
  3. Hot steam treatment: Using hot steam to kill bedbugs in hard-to-reach places.
  4. Hairdryer treatment: Using a powerful construction hair dryer to process things and furniture.

Extremely low temperatures can also be effective, but require special equipment:

  1. Freezing bedbugs with liquid nitrogen: The use of liquid nitrogen for surface treatment after hot disinsection.
  2. Disinsection with pneumatic spray: Using a pneumatic sprayer to blow bedbugs out of hard-to-reach places and freeze them.
  3. Using a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher: Using a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher to create extreme temperatures.

These methods can be effective, especially if the number of bedbugs in the room is small. However, in densely populated areas, professional disinfection may be a more effective solution.

Advantages and disadvantages of thermal disinsection

One of the main advantages of the temperature method is its complete safety for humans and pets, which makes it the preferred choice for allergy sufferers who cannot use chemicals to treat their apartment. However, there are several disadvantages to this method:

  1. Risk of damage: There is a risk of damage to things, walls, furniture and building materials as a result of temperature exposure.
  2. Lack of prolonged effect: Temperature exposure is not able to destroy bedbug larvae, from which new individuals can emerge, which limits its long-term effectiveness.
  3. Not always high efficiency: Freezing bedbugs does not always guarantee their complete destruction, especially if the exposure to cold was short-term and the insects simply hibernate.
  4. Spot heat treatment is not always effective: The spot heat treatment method is not always able to attract bedbugs for subsequent more effective destruction.

Another physical method of controlling bedbugs is preserving furniture and belongings, as well as sealing surfaces. This involves vacuum-sealing bedding, clothing, pillows and blankets to create an airless space where bedbugs can die. Sealing joints and cracks, caulking doors and covering vents further help prevent the spread of pests.

Mechanical measures to combat bedbugs

The mechanical method of pest control is rarely used in DIY treatments, but it proves essential if you are looking for truly effective results. This method is based on the principle of luring bedbugs out by tapping, vibrating and moving furniture, which causes the insects to come to the surface, making them easier to spot. As soon as bedbugs appear, they should be destroyed immediately to prevent them from scattering throughout the apartment. A vacuum cleaner in this case turns out to be an effective remedy. The collected insects and their eggs are poured into a plastic bag, which is then thrown into the sewer and immediately washed off. Bedbugs cannot survive in water for long.

Setting traps is another method of attracting bedbugs. Adhesive tapes or double-sided tape are installed around the sleeping area, first moving the furniture away from the wall. Sometimes containers of water are placed under the legs of beds. For a week or more (preferably), you have to spend the night in other, non-infected rooms. Hungry bugs begin to crawl along the legs of the furniture and inevitably end up in the water, where they die. Carbon dioxide traps are also available on the market, although they can be quite expensive.

The mechanical method of luring out and subsequently destroying bedbugs is effective only if you thoroughly know all the pests’ habitats and correctly select and place traps. If you miss even the smallest details, you risk a resurgence of the bedbug population.

Chemical method of controlling bedbugs

The most effective method of controlling bedbugs is to use a complex of chemical insecticides, such as crayons, powders and aerosols. Unlike many attempts at traditional methods, such as laying out plants that can repel bedbugs or wiping surfaces with vinegar, turpentine and other aromatic substances, chemical preparations are more reliable. Preparations with contact action effectively destroy bedbugs and their larvae.

Which processing method to choose

The effectiveness of pest control depends on many factors.

First of all, it is necessary to conduct a thorough inspection of the apartment, trying to identify all possible habitats of parasites and determine the degree of infestation of the room. Particular attention should be paid to the floor next to the bed and wallpaper. In case of a limited number of bedbugs, physical and mechanical methods can be used. If upholstered furniture is heavily infested, it is recommended to dispose of it immediately. If there are a large number of pests, it is more rational to immediately use high-quality chemical insecticides. A combination of several methods can also be effective.

When searching for bedbug habitats, special care is required. Incomplete detection of nests can lead to re-spread of parasites. It is recommended to inform neighbors and coordinate with them the treatment of apartments; it is preferable to carry out disinfestation at the same time to avoid the migration of bedbugs between apartments.

Even with apparently successful disinsection, it is recommended to regularly check the premises and carry out repeated treatments after two to three weeks, given that during this period the hatching of new offspring from eggs occurs. The resistance of bedbug eggs to chemical insecticides emphasizes the need for repeated measures.

Disinfecting bedbugs yourself can be difficult and not always effective. In case of failure, it is recommended to seek help from professionals from the disinfection service, which will save time, effort and nerves.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to prevent bedbug bites?

The only way to prevent bedbug bites is to temporarily move to an uninfested area. Otherwise, these insects will attack you every night. It is important to take measures to eliminate pests at the first sign of infestation. Otherwise, bedbugs will quickly spread throughout the house, making their control much more difficult.

How to get rid of bedbugs once and for all?

The most reliable way is to use several methods at once, such as preserving things and furniture, using traps and chemical insecticides to kill parasites. If independent disinfestation measures do not lead to the desired result, contacting a disinfection service is the best option.

What products are effective against bedbugs?

Supermarkets and household chemical stores stock a variety of preparations such as crayons, aerosols and powders. They have a similar degree of effectiveness and belong to a low hazard class. People suffering from allergies should be careful and, at best, temporarily leave the room during processing.

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