Sometimes even how clean our house is, we cannot control the existence of insects. These tiny pestering creatures somehow think that they belong with the family and have the right to stay in our house. Insects that we seldom pay attention to are the bed bugs.
Bed bugs live in tiny cracks of furniture, clothing and bedding. They suck blood from human and animals and though the bite itself is painless and is not noticed, itching commonly occurs. Though they have not been proven to carry infections, researchers have implicated bed bugs as possible carrier of trypanosomiasis or Chagas disease. Chagas disease infections can spread when person accidentally rubs feces of an infected bug into an open wound, mouth or eyes and it can sometimes cause death particularly to infants. Scientists still yet to determine whether bed bugs may serve as Chagas disease carriers but you do not want to take chances, do you? What we want is to protect our family from any infections and diseases.
The best thing to do is to find ways how you can prevent bed bugsfrom pestering you. And if your house is already infested, you do not have much choice but to dismantle your furniture most especially bed frames to expose bedbugs’ hiding sites and treat it with insecticides. There are several products on the market that works well for bed bugs. As for the garments and linens, soak them in hot water (120ºF minimum). Then clean very well the infested room. Brush all the possible corners and cracks to dislodge eggs. Or if you want, you can hire exterminators and they will find all the places where bed bugs are hiding, and will use various insecticides – sprays, dusts, and aerosols.
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