BedBugs seem to create a level of panic and stupidity that no other creature can. In the “big list” of life-threatening dangers of the world, Bedbugs don’t make the top 1,000, yet here we are reporting another house fire caused by improper BedBug treatments. There is something important you can learn from this article about BedBugs in Des Moines, and I’ll tell you what it is.
I’m MrBedBug, Chief SpokesBug for FLfresh.com and EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. I am a TV star on MrBedBug-TV and the Editor for the Bedbug News Reports.com
We created these pages so you can learn from the mistakes of others. BedBugs DO NOT spread disease. They are annoying, hard to kill, itchy and embarrassing, but they do NOT create any life-threatning situations. That is, unless you bring in a flame-thrower and burn down your house/apartment complex to the ground.
I’ve written over and over [on these pages and in syndicated articles] that BedBugs are creatures of habit. If you learn how BedBugs move, breed, feed, and what will kill them, you CAN clean a Bedbug infestation all by yourself.
Is it “easy? Not just NO!, but Hell NO.
Is it true that the national franchise pest control companies would prefer you write them a BIG$ check? Yes, it is, but that’s only neccesary in the worst cases…. and you would NOT have a “worst case”, if you just paid attention and took action early.
First and foremost, take action BEFORE the BedBugs are a HUGE problem. [I address much of this in detail at FLfresh.com, but BedBugs like to be near “tasty-humans”.
You humans are the only food source that “we” BedBugs eat. We are different than ants, roaches, tick, mosquitos, spiders and other insects. We need to be treated differently too.
First, Pay attention to small red bumps and “insect bites”. Unexplained “itchy” spots could be Bedbug bites, especially if it has just started, if both people in the couple notice or the kids are scratching /complaining. A single BedBug may not be noticed. [some humans have very low-reactivity to any insect bites, but especially my Bedbug family.] Once a “nest” starts [called a Harborage in the Bedbug biz] the population grows and each generation needs to feed. Just like your human-children at an all-you-can-eat-buffet, it’s hard to control young hungry Bedbugs.
next, Forget the generic “bug spray treatments”. The basic entomology of a BedBug is different than other insects, so all you do when using “insect spray” is make the room stinky for you, AND THE BEDBUGS. They run away from the smell, just like you do.
I’m going to skip an important point to move on and discuss the heat treatment for bedbugs, but before I do, Let me tell you that any single family home, most owner-occupied apartments, condos and duplexes should NEVER get so seriously infested with Bedbugs that you need this level of response. Those BedBug treatments are discussed elsewhere on FLfresh.com.
The most common question I get about heat treatment for killing Bedbugs is: Does it work? The simple answer is YES….. but…. and the BUT is important. Yes, it is true that heat kills BedBugs. By way of simple example, let me tell you that “my” BedBug family has been living with humans since the caveman moved out of caves. The 1st pile of leaves that some caveman made, so his wife would stop complaining about sleeping on the hard ground, was where Bedbugs started hiding. We could just as easily have been called LeafBugs… except Ugg the caveman couldn’t write our name on the wall, next to the wooly mammoth picture he drew. This silliness is important to know because “we” [Bedbugs] have adapted to human life. You will dehydrate and die, if you are in a room with no water and 140 degree temperatures too.
Here’s an interesting point, rarely reported in the press. Cold temperatures will kill Bedbugs too. Again, just like humans, sustained exposure to temps below zero, will kill BedBugs. The problem is: Creating sustained COLD in your home [in June] is damn near impossible, but heat !!…. some guy with a propane torch can do THAT.
With this information, in mind, we have arrived at the teachable moment from this Des Moines Register article about BedBugs in Iowa. [you can read the details HERE]. The article tells us the owner was doing it himself [Error #1] We was not trained in the equipment use [Boo-Boo #2] He wasn’t CLOSELY monitoring temperatures throughout the structure [a BIG Ooops !] and he wasn’t on-site to catch the fire at the earliest stages. [ a “homerun” of stupid. all the bases were covered]
Professional contractors who do this service, will insist that all these steps NOT happen at YOUR house. [if you are going to hire someone, you ARE going to hire someone SKILLED and EXPERIENCED, right?] Check references. Ask about experience. Check to make sure they are licensed by the correct city/ county or state authorities [which probably have seriously WEAK requirements BTW], then and only then interview them to find out about cost, schedules, and to check / confirm that they have a BIG liability insurance policy [in case –Ooops- happens]. Read more about heat treatment to kill Bedbugs elsewhere on Bedbug News Reports.com and at FLfresh.com, but what you really want to learn from this article is: Preventative measures and awareness will allow you to clean a Bedbug infestation long BEFORE you need heat treatments.
Learn more facts about BedBugs at www.FLfresh.com We have compiled all the latest research, plus effective “Tips and Tricks” on how to avoid a Bedbug infestation. There are many options you can use to clean a BedBug infestation in your home or apartment/condo and workplace. Separate FACT from FOLK-LORE and Myth at www.FLfresh.com We are the national distributor of EcoBugFREE, the BedBug Eliminator. It is a non-toxic [kid-safe and pet-friendly] way to KILL BEDBUGS. The more you know about how BedBugs live, hide, feed, breed and travel, the better you can protect yourself from BedBugs.