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Summary: Here's the latest bed bug news. Some of it is thought provoking. Some of it is slanted. Most of it is not very good!

I want you to stop going into stores and buying bed bug pesticides based upon the name of the product or the picture on the label. You need to understand that not all pesticides will kill bed bugs. For example, that old standby, boric acid, kills insects when they ingest the stuff. Bed bugs only feed on blood, so no matter how much boric acid you put out there, it's not going to kill bed bugs.

I want you to stop going into stores and buying bed bug pesticides based upon the name of the product or the picture on the label. You need to understand that not all pesticides will kill bed bugs. For example, that old standby, boric acid, kills insects when they ingest the stuff. Bed bugs only feed on blood, so no matter how much boric acid you put out there, it's not going to kill bed bugs.

 

I want you to stop going into stores and buying bed bug pesticides based upon the name of the product or the picture on the label. You need to understand that not all pesticides will kill bed bugs. For example, that old standby, boric acid, kills insects when they ingest the stuff. Bed bugs only feed on blood, so no matter how much boric acid you put out there, it's not going to kill bed bugs.

 

All those pesticide labels that say Kills Bed Bugs On Contact means exactly that and nothing more. The pesticide does not sit around and wait for a bed bug to come along, much like cockroach products do. Bed bugs are tough and they die only when sprayed. I'm talking about a direct hit! I repeat, spray pesticides will not kill bed bugs unless the product contacts them directly. But, bed bugs hide, for the most part, so they are not sitting out in the open waiting to be sprayed.

Pesticide bombs are meant for flying insects. They contain a knock-down material that will drop a fly right out of the air, but it will make a bed bug run for deeper cover.

Here's one more piece of advice when it comes to using pesticides. If you don't know how to use them and you are not into reading labels, don't use a pesticide. Instead of making things better, the pesticide often causes the problem to spread.

So, if you find a bed bug, get out the vacuum sweeper and suck up any insects you can find. Really go after them in the folds of the upholstery, under chairs, around chair legs and the zippers of pillows. Bed bugs are tiny, which means you need to look in a whole lot of places, carefully. Look behind the pictures on the wall and under that piece of torn wallpaper. Don't forget the drapes. Flip over the couch and lift the edges of the rug.

Leaving a single bed bug behind means having to do everything again in just a few weeks after their population builds up again. Treating for bed bugs is tedious work. Why do you think it's so expensive to have a professional do it? It's a lot of labor!

Here's another news flash. You don't have bed bugs because your home is dirty or cluttered, but you cannot get rid of them if your home is dirty or cluttered. They love to hide from the light and a cluttered room gives them lots of opportunities to do so. You cannot vacuum or apply chemicals in a cluttered room. Can't be done! So, don't get mad at your exterminator when he fails to control the problem when you're too lazy to prepare properly.

Here's the second part of that news flash. You need to figure out how you got bed bugs in your home in the first place, or you will be destined to get them again and again. You went someplace where there were bed bugs. You sat on something that had bed bugs. You were with someone who had bed bugs. You got into someone's car where bed bugs were hiding. You hung your coat on a rack next to other coats invested with bed bugs. You put you belongings in a locker next to a locker with bed bugs. Are you getting the picture yet? Too many people are trying to blame their landlords for their bed bug problems when the problem could be their own friends and family.

It's time for open and frank discussions with the people you know. The people you see daily. If you want to stop suffering with bed bugs you need to talk about who needs help, isolate the problem and cease the endless infestations.



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