Kill Bed Bugs Naturally – Be Safe to Pets and People
Bed bugs are EVERYWHERE!! Get rid of bed bugs safely with Diatomaceous Earth. Bed bugs are an
epidemic! Bedbugs are not your fault -you can pick up bedbugs from hotel rooms
and infected places and innocently bring bedbugs home. To kill bedbugs naturally
and get rid of bed bugs safely, use our Diatomaceous Earth. You can spend
hundreds or even thousands of dollars to get rid of bedbugs with an exterminator
and spread dangerous and often ineffective chemicals, or you can kill bedbugs
naturally using safe, inexpensive Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth to get rid of
bed bugs yourself! Diatomaceous Earth is both effective and safe.
Grade Diatomaceous Earth is totally organic and safe. Diatomaceous Earth is
Mother Nature’s product with no harm to the environment, pets or to people.
Diatomaceous Earth is not actually an “earth” but it is the fossilized remains
of microscopic shells created by one celled plants called DIATOMS. Diatomaceous
Earth Kills Pests Naturally – No Synthetic Chemicals, No Odor or additives of
any kind. The microscopic DE particles are deadly to the bedbug. The particles
attach themselves to the bed bugs body and physically “scratch them to death!”
Because DE kills them mechanically, they cannot become immune to it like they do
with so many of the chemicals today. Because it’s a mineral once you put it down
it stays there and keeps working. You may want to clean it up once and while and
add more to get rid of the dead bugs and parts they leave behind but DE lasts
To treat you bed bug infestation safely, do the following:
Wash all bedding in hot water—add a little Clorox with the soap. Dry in
dryer on the highest heat setting. If you can, use a steam cleaner on your
mattress and box springs.
Make sure bed is not touching any walls. Also make sure there is no skirting or any thing other than the 4 legs touching the floor.
With you hands or an applicator, dust some food grade Diatomaceous Earth into the mattress and ridges on the outside of the mattress. Dust some DE between the
mattress and box springs also.
Spread some DE all over the room, working into the carpets and corners of the room. Yow may have to remove the bottoms of
furniture and dust some in them also. Put a large pile around each of the 4
legs—since bed bugs cannot fly, the 4 legs are the only way the bedbugs can get
to you. Repeat this once a week for 4 weeks.
You can also take off the outlet
covers and using a plastic dispenser—like our pest pistol–puff some DE into the
walls. Bed Bugs love to live there and are the main way they spread from room to
room. Be very careful—use nothing that would conduct electricity and shock you.
Some Interesting Bed Bug Facts:
Bed Bugs are usually no more than 1/4
inch in length in their adult state and can engorge themselves with human blood
in less than 15 minutes causing their bodies to fill to as much as three times
its usual size. Fully engorged bed bugs bear little resemblance to their
original state and are often thought to be a different insect altogether.
Bed bugs can lay between one and five eggs per day with an incubation period of 10
days in warm weather (slightly longer when cool). These newly hatched bed bugs
will require five significant blood feedings to reach adult size. They will molt
in between feedings by shedding their exoskeleton. One mature they will begin
the process of laying new eggs.
Adult female bedbugs can lay more than 200
eggs during their lifetime and the new generation of bed bugs will immediately
seek a blood meal and they might be looking at you through hungry compound eyes.
When they are finished eating they leave tiny sores to remind you of their
There are other types of bed bugs including the bat bug, the
chimney swift bug and the swallow bug. All of these relatives survive on blood
feeding, however these secondary parasites thrive on either bats or birds as
their primary victims.
Bed bugs feed on the blood of human beings but can
suck blood from other animals as well. Birds and mice are the most common
animals. Bed bugs most often feed at nighttime when people are asleep. When they
feed, they inject a salivary secretion into the wound to prevent coagulation.
The fluid can cause a person’s skin to itch and even become swollen. Scratching
can cause sores which often become infected. Bed bugs are not known to transmit
any human blood-borne pathogens.
An adult bed bug is about 1/5-inch long,
oval in shape and flat. They?re generally brown except after sucking blood.
Their body then becomes swollen and the color changes to a dark red.
Bed bugs like to hide in the cracks and electrical outlets in walls, behind wallpaper,
base boards and picture frames, between beds and around the creases of
mattresses and in bedding materials. They have a rather pungent odor which is
caused by an oil-like liquid they emit. Bed bugs are often carried into houses
by clothes, luggage, furniture, and bedding. Or sometimes even by humans. Bed
bugs seek harborage in cracks and crevices. Common harborages in hotel rooms and
cruise ship cabins include: folds & creases in bed linens, seams, tufts & under
buttons on mattresses, in drapery pleats & hems, beneath loose wallpaper, in
headboards, desks, entertainment centers and nightstands, behind base molding in
wall-mounted artwork, etc.
Bed Bug Bites
The words “bed bugs” are enough to send most of us running with skin all aquiver at the thought of little
blood-sucking creatures crawling all over us as we sleep. These little bugs are
pests, to be sure, and they can be difficult to get rid of once they have
decided to make your house their home, hiding during the daylight hours in
cracks and crevasses where they are almost impossible to excise.
of this, you may not realize right away that bed bugs are the source of the
annoying sores on your legs when you wake up in the mornings. Bed bugs are
attracted by both warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, which is what we
exhale in breathing. The bugs climb up onto your skin and pierce you with two
hollow tubes, one of which injects anti-coagulants and anesthetics. The other
tube is used to withdraw your blood, feeding for about five minutes before
returning to their hiding places.
There may be a cluster of bites instead
of singular ones when you awake, and this is typically caused by disturbing the
bugs while they feed, causing them to detach and return to feed momentarily. A
well fed bedbug can live anywhere from four to six months, while a dormant one
might live without feeding for up to 18 months.
The bites can be found
just about anywhere on your body, with exposed bits of skin being the preferred
feeing ground for the bugs, making your face a target along with arms and legs.
The bits cannot be felt at first, but as the anesthetics wear off and the skin
begins to react to the injections, the bites can make themselves felt minutes or
even hours after the bedbugs have returned to hiding.
If you have
bedbugs, your infestation can get worse very quickly since a female bedbug can
lay up to five eggs per day, and up to around 500 eggs in her lifetime. Since it
takes only five weeks for hatched nymphs to grow to maturity, your problems
could expand exponentially within a relatively short period of time, and
infestations can be hard to control.
The History of Bed Bugs:
Bed bugs have been around for centuries. Documentation reaching as far back as the
17th century has told about infestations of bed bugs. In the United States, bed
bugs were very common until about World War II. With the introduction of such
pesticides as DDT, a great decrease in infestations occurred. It was not until
the last decade that reported cases gave an indication of a possible rise in bed
Authorities believe that the rise in reports can be
attributed to the extermination tactics of pest control today. Today, many pest
control experts use baiting tactics for in home infestations of such things as
ants, roaches, and spiders. These baiting tactics work well for their intended
subjects, but since bed bugs are blood feeders, they do not fall for the baiting
tricks used. This change in exterminating technique has contributed to the rise
in reported bed bug infestations.
Identifying a bed bug:
Adult bed bugs are generally flattened and reddish brown in color. They
resemble apple seeds in appearance and size. Newly hatched nymphs look very much
like adults. Although they are almost colorless, they gain their reddish brown
color as they mature. The adult bed bug may lay up to 5 eggs daily. These eggs
are almost impossible for humans to see with the naked eye, and resemble a flake
of dust on a dark surface.
A quick look at the facts:
Bed bugs are small bloodsucking insects that feed on humans & other warm-blooded animals.
Bed Bugs often hide in mattresses but they can also survive in furniture, behind
wall coverings and pictures/paintings. They will crawl and nest inside tiny
crevices anywhere indoors, as long as there is a source of food (blood).
While bed bugs do not transmit any pathogens or diseases, their bites usually
result in swollen red, itchy welts.
Bed bugs are typically nocturnal insects (they creep about at nighttime).
There are other types of bed bugs including
the bat bug, the chimney swift bug and the swallow bug. All of these relatives
survive on blood feeding, however these secondary parasites thrive on either
bats or birds as their primary victims.
Small reddish or brownish spots on
one’s linens are often the first sign of an infestation. These spots are the bed
bug’s droppings. Another sign is swelling where you’ve been bitten.
Bed bugs are not necessarily a sign of unkempt/dirty homes or buildings.
A female bed bug can lay as many as 500 eggs during her lifetime.
Bed bugs are less than 1/4" in length, flat, and oval-shaped like; a bit like a sunflower seed.
Bed bugs can go up to a year without a blood meal
A bed bug’s saliva features an anesthetic to numb the pain as it?s biting. It also contains anti-coagulant to
keep the blood of it’s meal host flowing.
Furniture that is inspected should be inspected thoroughly. Remove pull out drawers and inspect any and all small
creases and openings.
Taking apart furniture is often advised you want to get at the source of the bed bugs infestation. Doing this in a garage or outdoors is
preferred if possible.
The covering on the bottom a box spring bed should be taken off for inspection and treatment measures. If the infestation is severe,
you may want to dispose of the mattress.
Bed bugs are many times also found underneath the edges carpets, where ceilings and walls meet, behind light switch
covers and outlets, in clothes, inside appliances, and behind baseboards and carpet stays.
There are a number of things you can do to
stop the itching.
Apply a calamine lotion to each bed bug bite of area of bites.
Do not scratch the bed bugs bites. Everyone will react differently to bed bug bites. Some people may not even notice them. Others will have a very
intense itching sensation. Scratching only makes the itching worse and can
actually cause an infection.
Bed bugs dangers:
When a bed
bug bites it injects an anti-blood clotting chemical into the skin. Some people
may actually be allergic to bed bugs and the degree of itching is determined by
how allergic a person is. If you notice any signs of infection, call your
physician IMMEDIATELY. Scratching the bites can also result in an infection. If
you do not get an infection, the bites are simply an irritating nuisance. It may
take a few weeks for the itching to subside and for the welts to disappear.
BUGS DO NOT CARRY PATHOGENS as mosquitoes or ticks do!