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Control bed bug bite using Margosa oil. Treating bed bugs using wide band of sticky tape and petroleum jelly. Terminating bed bugs with the help of professional exterminator

How I get bed bug bites?
( 8 Sep 2009)

Imagine coming home one day to find you have some uninvited guests. You rarely ever see them, it's difficult to find them, almost impossible to kill them, and they drink your blood! Once you have eliminated the idea of vampires, you may be dealing with a bedbug infestation. These tiny reddish brown insects (barely 5mm fully grown) can survive and thrive in almost any place where human beings can be found. In the 21st century, there has been a sharp rise in their numbers; the National Pest Management Association, a US advocacy group for pest management professionals, reported a 71 percent increase in bedbug reports in the period 2000-05.

The good news is that there is no scientific proof that bedbugs spread disease. The bad news is that they are very difficult to find and eliminate. During the daylight hours, they are usually hidden in such places as mattress seams and interiors, any type of furniture, carpeting, inner walls, and even bedroom clutter. Most bedbugs are most active in the hour before dawn and victims may not even realize that they have been bit; symptoms such raised red bumps or flat welts may appear hours later. Bites can be found all over the body and show a pattern of bites in a row or cluster. Even once an infestation is noticed, it can be frustrating finding all the hiding places; bedbugs can travel up to 30m to reach a victim! This is also the reason how bedbugs spread so easily from one room to another, or one person to another.

The only way to really control bedbugs is to deny them food - your blood. You need to isolate your bed from the floor; a wide band of sticky tape around each bed leg can do the trick. You can also place the bed legs in saucers of petroleum jelly, since bedbugs cannot move across the jelly. One traditional method to control bedbugs is to use margosa tree leaves or margosa oil. This is a natural antibacterial insect-repellent that has been used for centuries. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has recently approved it for external use. You can spray the oil or place the crushed leaves around the bed or mattress to keep the bugs away. However, these are temporary solutions and you will probably need to hire a professional exterminator. Once treatment is complete, you can sanitize your mattress and bed clothes with a 120 °F (49 °C) laundry dryer.

answered by G S on 8 Sep 2009, 12:55:43


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