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How to Kill Bed Bugs

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On July 8th

The great philosopher Aristotle once said, “We make war that we may live in peace.”

Blood Sucking Bed Bug

Here’s my sixth post in a series called “Bed Bugs: 12 Tips to Help You Sleep Easy.”  It’s also available as a free eBook on our Web Site at: www.LaruePest.com.

It is obvious he was referring to bed bugs.

Now, if you want to defeat your bed bug infestation, you need to understand the bed bug.

Then, and only then will you know how to kill bed bugs.

The enemy is a small, elusive and parasitic insect which belongs to the family Cimicidae. This is not the kind of family that will invite you for a hearty Thanksgiving meal when you have no place to go. Oh, they will invite you, but only so you’ll be their meal.

Bed bugs live strictly by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals.

These bloodsuckers are normally out at night just before dawn (like vampires!), with a peak feeding period of about an hour before sunrise.

They reach their meal ticket by walking, or sometimes, for super dramatic effect, by climbing the walls to the ceiling and dropping down on their host.

Bedbugs are attracted to their hosts by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide. So unless you figure out how to change your body’s physiology and turn cold blooded, you’ll need to figure out how to kill bed bugs.

Want a graphic description of how the enemy attacks?

Oh, good! Because here’s one:

The bed bug pierces your skin with two hollow feeding tubes. With one tube it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, while with the other it withdraws you blood. After feeding for about five minutes, the bug returns to its hiding place.

Bed Bug Piercing Skin

Five minutes! That’s more time than it takes to make a delicious dish of 3-minute rice! That’s how long a bed bug is feeding on you. Ew.

So, how do you kill bed bugs?

To truly kill bed bugs permanently and rid them from your home, you should call in professionals. We say this because the size of a bed bug infestation can range from a few staked out offenders up to hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands of bedbugs within a single infestation, and often times, it is hard for non-professionals to gauge how serious the problem is.

If you want to kill bed bugs, you have to understand them, and we certainly do.

Contact us now to help with your bed bug problems or call (800) 314-8813!

2 Responses

  1. Della Says:

    I am needing information regarding how you treat for bed bugs. I am wanting a professional treatment, but what are my options that you offer?

    Posted on January 26th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

  2. Keith Says:

    Thank you so much for contacting us about your bed bug problems. We know first hand how scary it is to discover bed bugs in your home. I know we’ve already followed up with you and scheduled a free inspection of your property, but for anyone else searching for information about how to treat for bed bugs, I just want to explain that our methods vary depending on where the bed bugs are located and the severity of the infestation. The first step in conquering your bed bug problems should always be to contact a licensed professional to access the situation and develop a treatment strategy that is tailored to your needs. I hope that helps!

    Posted on January 29th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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