7 Things Bed Bugs Are Afraid Of and How to Use Them to Eradicate Bed Bugs
One of worst things about bedbug infestation is that they find their way into your house quite easily. You can pick up one female bedbug from a hotel and eventually lead to an outbreak of bedbugs at your home in no time once it successfully lays its eggs within your house. They can also find their way into your home from bought furniture, sleeping at a friend’s bed that is infested with bedbugs, from hospital beds, from schools, from public vehicles and any other place where a bedbug can cling onto your clothing. Gladly, a vast majority is embracing the use of professional pest control service providers since do-it-yourself methods often prove futile. Nonetheless, understanding what bedbugs hate plays a significant role in their eradication.
In this regard, here is a list of 7 Things Bed Bugs Are Afraid Of that you can incorporate in your fight against bedbugs in your home:-
Bedbugs are nocturnal parasites and are often active during the night. They are photophobic and will always crawl away at the slightest glimpse of light. This photophobia can be effectively used in the control of bedbugs through frequently spreading your beddings outdoors in direct sunlight, including mattresses. Having removed the beddings and mattress from you r bed, you will also expose your bed into light, which will either scare away the bedbugs or at least pull them out of their hiding places. The latter is quite worthwhile, as it will help you make contact with professional pest control service providers in time before they spread widely in your house.
2. Intense Heat
Bedbugs are afraid of intense heat. However, this should be well differentiated from warmth, as bedbugs generally love warm places. Heat that is sufficient to scare away bedbugs should be in the range of 50 degrees Celsius and above. In any way, the greater the extents of heat, the more the bedbugs run away. Wherever possible, spread your beddings in direct sunlight and flush hot air on your bed. Just as light plays a significant role in the detection of bedbugs in a given place, flushing hot air on your bed will also help you drive them out of their hiding places and give you tangible evidence that you indeed need help from professional pest eradicators.
3. Plain Place and Well Organized Place
Bedbugs love breeding in places that they can easily hide. It is always worthwhile to ensure that your clothes are stored in an organized manner. Your dirty clothes should be kept in tightly closed dirty clothes’ bins and all clean clothes should be hanged on the closet.
4. Crack-Free Wood
While most of the other pests hide on clothing and beddings, bedbugs love hiding in cracked wood more. When buying beds, tables, chairs and other pieces of furniture, always ensure that they are crack-free and that the edges of the wood do not leave cracks large enough to accommodate bedbugs.
5. Petroleum Oil Products
The scent of petroleum oil products is well known to drive away bedbugs. Applying petroleum oil on your furniture will always help drive bedbugs away or detect them once you drive them out of their hiding places.
6. White Beddings
Well, this may be closely related to bedbug’s photophobia but it works through a different mechanism altogether. White materials are known to reflect light and thus even when the light intensity is very low, the brightness of white beddings tends to amplify the intensity of the light. This creates an unfriendly environment for bedbugs.
7. High Oxygen Levels
It may be impractical to install oxygen aerators in your house but installing fans in your bedrooms in particular helps create an unfavorable environment for bedbugs. These blood-sucking parasites detect their host by use of carbon dioxide levels in their immediate environment and thus running your fan before you sleep tend to disorient them in their host-hunting mechanism. Eventually, they crawl away having missed you; their ultimate host.
By employing these tactics, you will have created an unfavorable environment for bedbugs as well as stand a better chance in detecting bedbugs in your house in time. With such early detection, you will be able to seek timely intervention from professional bedbug eradicators before the bugs spread widely in your house.