411 Home Repair


Latest Articles

5 Easiest DIY Projects For Beginners

The easiest way to cut costs while repairing your house is to do it yourself. But repair work is easier said than done. For most people breaking...

on Oct 25, 2016

The 4 Way Test: How To Choose The Best Bed Mattress For Your Child

There will come a time when your precious bundle of joy becomes too big to sleep in a crib. This is the right time for you to buy your...

on Oct 23, 2016

The Best Way to Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen is prone to messes more so than any other room in your home. When you consider all of the cooking, eating, socializing, and even the...

on Oct 21, 2016

How to Turn Your Garage into a Home Gym

Getting a gym membership can be a great way to get in shape, but for those who are pressed for time, or lack local facilities, setting up your own...

on Oct 20, 2016

Should You Cut Back On High Speed Internet?

If you’re thinking of cutting back on your expenses, you might think it’s a good idea to cut back on high speed Internet. After all, you reason,...

on Oct 19, 2016

Checking for Bed Bugs

by Guest on Jun 20, 2011

"Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite." Though parents often repeat this saying to their children when putting them to bed, effective use of pesticides to control bed bugs has meant that few people have experienced bed bugs in their home. A resurgence of bed bugs in the developed world over the last decade has made it important for homeowners to know how to check for, and get rid of, bed bugs to avoid an infestation in their home. The following article is intended to provide information on bed bugs, including where they come from and how to prevent them.

What are bed bugs

Also referred to as bed louse, bed bugs belong to the Cimicidae insect family and are nocturnal bloodsucking insects that feed on human blood. Adult bed bugs have a flattened oval shape body, are reddish brown in color (they will appear more reddish after they feed on blood), and are typically 4-7 mm in length and 1.5-3 mm in width (see photos of bed bugs). Newly hatched bed bugs are lighter in color - almost translucent - and become browner as they reach maturity.

How do they spread

The most common way that bed bugs spread is by hitching a ride on peoples clothing and luggage, or on furniture like second hand mattresses or armchairs. As such, it is advisable to be particularly careful that you don't bring bed bugs home with you when staying in hotels or when buying second hand furniture. To a lesser extent, bed bugs are thought by some to also be spread by rodents and birds.

How to check for bed bugs

If you have an infestation of bed bugs in your mattress, it is likely that you will know about it, as the constant bites will make it very difficult to sleep (see photos of bed bugs bites). By regularly checking for bed bugs, it may be possible to avoid an infestation though. Bed bugs are usually found in corners and seams of mattresses, as well as sofas, cushions, carpets and household furniture. In particular, they like warm, dark places where they are close to humans so that they are able to feed. Inspect cracks and crevices in head and foot boards or anywhere that the bed bugs may crawl to hide.

Regularly using a vacuum cleaner to vacuum mattresses and sofas can be effective in disrupting bed bugs before they are able to breed.

Once an infestation has been found, it is generally best to contact a professional pest control company to ensure they are properly exterminated. Article provided by the Prevent Bed Bugs website on how to check for, get rid of, and prevent bed bugs.




Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

The Importance of Using Native Grass Seed

Grass is a wonderful substance. It makes us feel comfortable as it is nice to walk and sit on. Furthermore, the sight of lush green grass fills us...

Garden / Landscaping

Tips on Selling your Home Fast

In a perfect world, everybody needs their house to sell fast at the cost they want, yet obviously, you can't expect the same from buyer (What if...

Real Estate / Finance

Tips on Installing Garage Door by Yourself

Installing a garage door is not very difficult. In fact, it is quite easy to do and possible even if you are a complete novice when it comes to...

Doors / Garages

7 Interesting Ways to Use Pastels in Your Home Interiors

With chalky shades for walls, fabrics and accessories, you can spruce up the look of your modern interiors and give a chic and relaxed feel to it....

Interior Design / Decor

Tips on How to Maintain Your Home

A well maintained and attractive house is what everyone dreams about their house.  Only a few can make this dream come true, while others think...

Cleaning / Maintenance


Contact Us | Submit Article | RSS | 411homerepair © 2016