The bedbug is an insect which loves staying in beds, biting humans that sleep and drinking their blood. A house that is infested by them will leave humans inside with itchy bites and emotional scars, since knowing that little insects are crawling over you while you’re sleeping is something that most people hate to hear. There are things which can be done by people to get rid of bed bugs, but ideally you should talk with pros to help you.
Your first step when you’re trying to fight chinches is to inspect your bed to see how bad it is. The pros that inspect houses for the presence of bedbugs check both the bedding and the bed, plus the furniture in the vicinity. The inspector will take a look at the possible hiding spots of these parasites, to see in which crevices or cracks they might be hiding. Among the areas that are checked you will find the floor boards and the carpets.
A lot of exterminators use sprays with pesticides to fight the chinch bugs, treating furniture and beds with them. You can buy sprays yourself, but the ones used by professionals are usually stronger.
Bed Bug Heat Treatment
Another method which is used by the exterminator is applying heat, with the help of special tools designed to treat surfaces. As for objects that can’t be washed, some of them can be treated in special heat ovens which will kill the nasty insects.
When the treatments are complete, the mattress will be sealed with a special cover, which will keep the bedbugs away.
The effectiveness of the Hot Shot Fogger
According to an entomologist from Virginia Tech, called Miller Dini, the substances which are used in the production of the Flea Fogger or the Hot Shot Bedbug foggers are not as effective as advertised in fighting chinches. It appears that bed bugs are more and more resistant each year to pyrethrins, which are ingredients which are also used in these products.
Foggers, which are also known as total release aerosols, function by coating a room’s surfaces with insecticide. In order for the insect to die, it needs to touch the room’s surfaces which have insecticide on them. That doesn’t always work for bedbugs though, since these parasites usually hide in crevices, cracks and seams of furniture. They can be found in carpets, headboards, picture frames, mirrors, walls and floors, everywhere where there are small space where they can get inside. They can move quickly as well, so they will move to another room which is not being treated and they will infest the rest of the house while you’re treating the original source of the problem.
A lot of bed bugs will die when you treat a room with insecticide, but it’s not the case for all of them. The ones that don’t die because of it will keep breeding and they will pass to their offspring that resistance to insecticides. In time more and more chinches will have that resistance and it will be much harder to get rid of them. An infestation will be continued even by just one female that doesn’t die when the house is treated against these parasites.
Another issue is that a fogger can become explosive as a result of the high pressure liquids that are inside. Since they are highly flammable as well, they can be dangerous. These foggers need to be stored in cool rooms.