Tips on how to survive a bug infestation

By on April 2, 2016
bed bugs

Once you are affected by bed bugs, it is tough to get rid of the problem quickly. 1 in 5 Americans has reported a bed bug infestation or know someone who has encountered this issue.

Nature of bed bugs

They hide during the day and come out only during the night time. When the bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic agent so that the host cannot feel the bite. These bugs can survive in freezing temperature and heat of over 50 degrees. They reproduce quickly; a single bug can lay up to 5 eggs a day and a 500 in a lifetime.

How can you recognize them?

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Bed bugs are usually brown in color, and when they are nourished with blood, their color ranges from red to dark brown. They are oval shaped pests and are generally in the size of an apple seed, ranging from 4-7mm in length. Bed bugs move at the speed of an ant, and they live up to 5-6 months. When they are in a dormant state, they can even survive for more than a year.


How do they spread?

If the infestation is severe, they will quickly spread to other rooms as well. They are visible to the naked eye and often hide in cracks and crevices. They live in furniture, clothing and beds so that they and their eggs can be present on used items. Bugs are also present in boxes, suitcases or any items that may be moved from traveling to home or a hotel to home. They also live in clothes, so if a person wears the same clothes unknowingly, the infestation will spread.




What can you do?

bed bugs 2If you catch the infestation at the early stages, then you can do something about it. If you want to eliminate these bugs by yourself, be prepared because they are one of the most stubborn pests.  Or one of the best and easy ways to get rid of these pests is to hire because managing them requires a lot of work from inspection to usage of appropriate chemicals.

  • Wash your clothes and recently used travel items to the highest temperature (above 50 degrees) and dry all these things in sunlight
  • Vacuum your house thoroughly
  • To get rid of bugs on the mattress, pillows, clothing or floor use the sticky side of a duct tape on all of them
  • Lavender oil and the essential oils of rosemary and eucalyptus are very powerful against them. Mix either one of the oil or all three of them with water and spray it around your house


Alternatively, there are bed bug exterminator services in Nyc area that can take care of the problem.

If the infestation is really bad, you must contact a pest control agency. Also, while returning home after a long trip or vacation,bring your luggage inside the house after thoroughly washing them.

Here is an informative infographic that will help you to get rid of bugs and pests in your garden.


About William Douglas

My passion is to teach what was passed down to me – the skills of self-sufficient living. Some call it survival or prepping. I call it wisdom. And my goal is to convey my wisdom and knowledge in a way that is doable for the average person.

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