October 23, 2010
"There is an epidemic of bed bugs now occurring in America." - Dr. Ellen Rudolph
Since much of our clothing, sheets, towels, etc. now comes from companies outside of America, even the most expensive stores sell foreign clothing from China, Indonesia, etc.
The bed bugs are coming in on the clothing as these countries do not consider them a problem.
When you buy any new fabric products, underwear, socks, shirts, sweaters, scarves, sheets, towels, place mats, etc. that you bring them into the house -- put them in your clothes dryer for at least 20 minutes. The heat will kill them and their eggs. Use the highest heat the fabric will withstand. Wash and wear items should be put through a complete wash/dry cycle before you put the items in your closet or dresser drawers.
Bed bugs were once a common public health pest worldwide, declining in incidence through the mid 20th century. Recently, however, bed bugs have undergone a dramatic resurgence and worldwide there are reports of increasing numbers of infestations. Bed bugs are one of the great travelers of the world and are readily transported via luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture.
Things to look for are the bugs themselves, and the light-brown, molted skins of the nymphs. Dark spots of dried bed bug excrement are often present along mattress seams or wherever the bugs have resided. Oftentimes, the gauze fabric underlying the box spring must be removed to gain access for inspection and possible treatment.
Successful treatment of mattresses and box springs is difficult, however, and infested components may need to be discarded. Cracks and crevices of bed frames should be examined, especially if the frame is wood. (Bed bugs have an affinity for wood and fabric more so than metal or plastic). Headboards secured to walls should also be removed and inspected. In hotels and motels, the area behind the headboard is often the first place that the bugs become established. Bed bugs also hide among items stored under beds.
Check other common places: [Check] along and under the edge of wall-to-wall carpeting (especially behind beds and furniture); cracks in wood molding; ceiling-wall junctures; behind wall-mounts, picture frames, switch plates and outlets; under loose wallpaper; amongst clothing stored in closets; and inside clocks, phones, televisions and smoke detectors.
The challenge is to find and treat all places where bugs and eggs may be present. Bed bugs tend to congregate in certain areas, but it is common to find an individual or some eggs scattered here and there.
Persistence and a bright flashlight are requisites for success. Inspectors sometimes also inject a pyrethrum-based, "flushing agent" into crevices to help reveal where bugs may be hiding. A thorough treatment of a home, hotel, or apartment may take several hours or days.
Article Source: Wilkow.com/Get-Rid-of-Bed-Bugs
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