Guidelines for Treating Bedbugs

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When treating bedbugs, you're always going to want to keep a few key things in mind for maximum safety. Learn about the guidelines for treating bedbugs with help from an expert on green pest control in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Louise Hodges of, and what we're going to discuss the guidelines for treating for bedbugs. The most important thing that you have to consider when treating for bedbugs, is you have to think like a bedbug. They are expert hiders, they are nocturnal creatures and they despise light. So, if you walk into a room and don't see any bedbugs, that does not mean that they're not there. And that means that they could be hiding and lurking in the tiniest, most extremely small areas, it's shocking. So, let's start looking at some of the places that they can hide. One of the great areas, is along the mattress seams. And if you look along the seams of a mattress, they an often hide there. It's a great place for them to be, because it's dark, it's hidden and they're close to their food source. Underneath the mattresses or between the mattresses, there's another great place for them to lurk. Also, behind the headboard of a bed, or behind the artwork that hangs above the bed. These are all great areas for them to congregate and hide, waiting or you to go to sleep and come and visit. A another great place to find bedbugs, which a lot of people don't think of, is an electrical outlet or in switch plates. They're nice and dark and they can get into the tiniest of spaces. And of course, underneath furniture, is very, very important. That is great place that nobody would think to look, because it's so out of the way, that's where they like to hide. And so, that's an important place for you to treat. As far as treatment options are concerned, many of the synthetic pesticides that have been used to kill bedbugs in the past, are no longer effective. Because the bedbugs have become resistant. Using natural solutions is always going to be preferable, because they will not become immune to the natural products. One great way to get rid of them, but it is more of a long term solution, is to diligently inspect your bed everyday and to physically hand remove and destroy any bedbugs you come across. And use diatomaceous earth, which is a natural product, which will eventually kill them. However bedbugs can live more than a year between feedings. So, you can realize how long that might take. It's important to wash all of your linens in the hottest water possible, and set it on the hottest dryer setting possible. This can kill the bedbugs, but that's only going to kill what's on your linens. If they're in your headboard or underneath your dresser, or wherever. That's not going to kill them. So, they have to be treated separately. A great solution that I do recommend, is to use Greenbug For People in conjunction with a fogger. The reason the fogger is important, is because Greenbug For People is a contact killer, it has to have contact with the bedbugs and the eggs in order to kill them. The fogger is what makes the product, it atomizes it to the level of humidity. Which is able to penetrate into the areas that you would not be able to penetrate with just a spray nozzle. So, those are some of the guidelines for treating for bedbugs. I'm Louise Hodges of, and thank for watching.


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