How to Kill Bed Bugs
Learn from Rockland County’s Bed Bug Specialists – Dana K9
It’s tough to kill bed bugs. They are resilient and cunning pests, though they can be eradicated with professional help. At Dana K9 we advise all of our Westchester and Rockland County clients to utilize our proactive bed bug prevention tools and techniques. If you already have an infestation, we are able to recommend safe and cost-effective professionals to kill the bed bugs in your home or place of work.
Bed Bugs Explained
To kill bed bugs you have to understand them. This begins with learning about their living and feeding habits, appearance, and mating and life cycle.
Where do Bed Bugs Live and Hide?
Bed bugs are notoriously hard to kill because they almost always hide out of sight, and lay their eggs in very hard to reach places. Bed bugs are most often found near mattresses, box-springs, and couches, but also live behind walls, under floorboards, and anywhere else that is out of sight and well protected.
What do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped insects that do not fly. Adult bed bugs are brownish-red in color. Young bed bugs, called nymphs, are clear and transparent until their first feeding, and become a vivid red color once they have fed. Because of their size and shape (between 1.5 and 7 millimeters in length), bed bugs can be mistaken for ticks or young roaches.
What Do Bed Bugs Eat?
Bed bugs feed on blood. Since they are nocturnal they tend to live close to sleeping areas, giving them easy access to their food source. They feed every five to ten days when food is available, though they can go up to a year without feeding at all. Starving them for short periods of time will not kill them.
Bed Bug Mating Habits and Life Cycles
There are six stages in the bed bug life cycle. Each stage lasts about a week, with regular feeding. Once they reach the sixth and final stage, bed bugs are capable of reproducing. Females can lay up to 500 eggs in a lifetime of nine months. To completely exterminate bed bugs you must also kill their eggs, which are very hard to reach with conventional pesticide sprays and powders.
How do I Kill bedbugs?
Certain treatment methods, such as heat treatments and fumigation, are far more effective at killing bed bugs than powders or sprays. The chemicals do not get into cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide, and do not always kill the eggs. Fumigation, which involves the release of a highly toxic gas, does reach all of the hidden areas in a structure, but is also unsafe because of the chemicals used. Heat treatments, on the other hand, penetrate just as far as gas fumigants, yet involve none of the toxic chemicals. Should you have an infestation, getting a heat treatment is the safest and most effective choice. You can, however, avoid having to kill bed bugs on a large scale altogether—be proactive, and have your property checked regular by a Dana K9 inspection team.