Posted on | August 12, 2012 | No Comments
Infestations of bed bugs are big problems in a lot of houses. This insect feeds on the blood of humans, the result being a swollen, red and irritated bite site, which persists for a couple of days. When the infestation is especially big, the measures which need to be taken need to be especially heavy. When you vacuum, the bed bugs will be removed, though the bag of the vacuum cleaner will hold them alive, so they can infest the house again if they’re not killed.
A bed bug is a very small insect which feeds on the blood of humans, but in a pinch it will also do with blood from birds or animals. A chinch that reaches maturity is rusty brown in color and it has a flat and small body. Their nymphs are clear colored when they’re immature, going rusty brown in time. Once the nymph or the adult bed bug feeds, their body is swollen and red. Both apartment buildings and hotels get infested often enough and travelers end up taking these insects home with them. If their hotel room has these insects, they end up in the suitcase and they are taken home by mistake, where they are very tough to get rid of.
Using vacuums to get rid of chinches is a favorite way of dealing with this problem. You will find these chinches both in bed bug mattress covers and box springs, but they are also in the vicinity of the bed, found on the floor or in other furniture from the bedroom. In order to get rid of these insects you need to vacuum regularly and to clean the linen and the clothes. Vacuuming is a big part of this process but it’s not enough to clean a room. It’s usually a more involved process, with steaming or using pesticides a must in order to get rid of these parasites.
A few considerations
This parasite will lay 12 eggs or less on a daily basis, on all kinds of surfaces in the vicinity of the area where it feeds. The nymphs take between 6 and 17 days to hatch after which they start feeding on blood. With the help of vacuuming you can keep these parasites controlled, but you should be careful and take out the dust bag each time. The bag should be placed in a plastic bag that is sealed, after which it should be thrown out to the garbage.
Preventing an infestation
How to prevent bed bug bites? As soon as you control the bed bug infestation, you should try to make sure you don’t get them back in your house. Always make sure you don’t get chinches in the house when you’re back from your travels and whenever you get used items check them for parasites first.