The idea of slathering the legs of my bed with Vaseline doesn’t really appeal to me. Many beds (like mine) have designs that don’t really lend themselves well to this. I have a sleigh bed which doesn’t have individual legs. It has two big pieces of wood at the head and the foot of the […]
Frequently Asked Questions about bed bugs. Click the questions to see full answers.
Yes, in fact bed bugs have very hard shells. This is part of what makes them hard to kill. They don’t absorb chemicals such as insecticides as easily as other insects. Their hard shell makes them more rugged. However, they must shed their exoskeleton (known as molting) as they grow through the different stages of […]
There are two parts to this answer. First, the typical bed bug bite symptoms are raised bumps that tend to get very itchy. Some people refer to this as a bed bug rash. The itching can drive you up the wall and the appearance of the bites can be embarrassing as well. To deal with […]
Bed bug feces are not big. They are pretty much just bits of dried blood that are extruded from a bed bug’s anus. Keep in mind that bed bugs are small. Their feces are likewise very small droplets that dry a darkish red or brown. You can see what they look like on 5 Signs […]
Maybe. Bed bug bite symptoms seem distinctive. But it’s possible that linear bug bites following the “breakfast, lunch, dinner” pattern came from another bug and are the result of coincidence. Your best bet is to check for other signs of bed bugs
Yes, bed bug dogs can give false positives. Dogs used for bed bug detection are accurate about 90% of the time. The dog’s accuracy depends on the skill and experience of the handler and how well trained the dog is. The way detection dogs are ideally used is to point out places that should be […]
It depends. If your bed bugs exterminator is using fumigation or thermal remediation (heat), then you will have to leave the house. You won’t have to otherwise, although you will need to stay away from treated areas as directed by your pest control professional.
Bed bug mattress covers are more properly known as bed bug encasements. They are available for both mattresses and box springs. If you can afford both, then you should probably get both. If you can only afford one however, buy a bed bug encasement for the box spring. Why? Bed bug treatment for mattresses is […]
Read Kill Bed Bugs at Home: Do-it-yourself Bed Bug Extermination for an overview of the process. You’ll also want to read Bed Bug Extermination: Can you get rid of bed bugs on your own?. If you read those and came back here, you might be saying “Hey — I wanted information on do-it-yourself bed bug […]
It can be difficult to tell how bad your infestation is. Bed bugs often stay hidden and their small size and flat shape make it hard to find and spot them. Bed bugs don’t hide just on your mattress either. They can hide in the bed frame or even inside the mattress. Don’t forget that […]