Dealing With and Killing Cimex lectularius, The Bed Bugs
Cimex lectularius, a Bedbug
Bedbugs aren't just a part of a rhyme, they are not myth, they are real
Ignorance is bliss, and before this past year, I lived in blissful ignorance of the bed bugs. You see, as I'd never been somewhere infested by bed bugs, I didn't know they actually existed. I'd never thought to look up the bed bugs on Wikipedia, for me, they may as well have been as real as the boogyman. Everyone has heard the jingle, good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite! The old rhyme seems to cheapen the experience, and it is an experience you simply should never have to have, while also making the pests seem fanciful, as though they may not be real.
Cimex lectularius is the common bedbug, and it is the dominant species of the cimicid family of insects. It is a family of parasitic creatures sustaining themselves entirely on the blood of their hosts. There are many Cimex species feeding on the blood of various and sundry hosts, but it is the Cimex lectularius we are concerned with here, as that species is the parasite hosting itself among humanity, and sucking our very life blood.
Bedbugs, parasites and their host
Revulsion to bedbugs is the only proper response when the context is a residential area
If the photo above is disturbing to you, then congratulations, your empathy is in fine order. How could someone just allow such a thing to be going on on their own body? Well, a bed-bug infestation exerts a traumatic psychological effect on persons suffering with or through it; but imagine yourself injured or so weak you can't much get out of bed. Elderly or disabled persons could have their lives severely disturbed and depressed for such.
If you care about someone at all, and you know they're dealing with an infestation, then you are morally obligated to assist them. Letting someone just live with a bedbug infestation shows a lack of concern, a lack of empathy, indeed, a lack of humanity. I've seen with my own two eyes how disabled persons in group homes are left to rot in their beds, beds crawling with bedbugs; helpless persons feasted upon by parasites. Imagine having caretakers who care so little about you they leave you laying in a bed with bedbugs crawling and feeding all over you, in such a position, would you not then feel your life has no value to you, nor anyone else? The psychological effect of living in the filth of a bedbug infestation alone justifies any or all efforts towards their eradication
An illustration of the life cycle of bedbugs
Don't feel guilty should you face a bedbug infestation
It would be a major mistake to blame yourself or your brother, etc; for a bed bug infestation. A bedbug infestation could happen to absolutely anyone. Bedbugs don't infest your home due to your poor housekeeping. Bedbugs don't traffic or travel in dirt or refuse. Bedbugs don't wind up in your home from a lack of antisepsis.
Bedbugs travel and abide in fabrics. Your couch, your bed, your pants, your socks, and even your shoes - these are the places the bedbugs abide. So housecleaning isn't the issue with your bedbug infestation. You almost certainly brought them home in your clothes after sitting down somewhere already infested. It is NOT your fault. People typically pick up the bedbugs after staying the night in a hotel or motel, attending school, or they even get them from hospitals.
A single bedbug on the body - this is the most normal encounter with bedbugs
A female bedbug may lay as many as 300 eggs in her lifetime. An adult bedbug is supposed to be hardy and hale enough to survive between 8 months to a year without having a chance to feast on anyone's blood. The bugs are tough, pervasive, and wretched.
Bedbugs are an ancient enemy of humankind. The first human records mentioning or describing the parasitic pests are from Greece, 400 years before the advent of the Christ. As time and literacy spread throughout Europe, so did documentation of the bedbugs. Bedbugs are not limited to the Americas and Europe. They can live anywhere where it is warm. The proliferation of home heating has allowed for bedbugs to survive the cold winters, and allowed them to spread.
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Turning bedbugs into dead bugs
Most authoritative articles on the bedbugs which I've seen online recommend the victim of an infestation contact professional pest control services. The implication, it seems to me, is that the common homeowner or adult isn't competent to deal with an infestation. While it is plain that professionals are more able to handle the situation, as it is only their jobs to do so, I know for certain that many, many persons dealing with bedbug infestations are too economically disadvantaged to be able to afford professional help with bedbugs. So what are the poor supposed to do, lay down and let their blood get sucked by disgusting insects? Are they supposed to burn all of their clothes, their furniture, and rip out their carpet? I assure you these 'solutions' are very expensive too, and they are also unnecessary.
Preventing an infestation can be difficult, but it is not impossible; and with the use of the two products I've listed for sale here; you've got a great shot at success in your prevention efforts. The Repel bug spray with 40% DEET is more of a prevention measure. The 40% DEET Repel DOES kill bedbugs on contact, however, it is ineffective as a product when the object is to destroy your residential infestation. You use that Repel with the 40% DEET when you sleep in a motel, or hotel, or (if possible) while staying in a hospital. If you go to sleep in a strange place and spray yourself down with the Repel, the bedbugs will be repelled, but only for 6 to 8 hours. I would spray myself with it when knowingly sleeping in an infested place, and I knew it would keep the bugs off of me during the night, but were I to sleep in, sleep late, well, after 6-8 hours the Repel has word off, and the bugs aren't entirely nocturnal, they can and will feed on you during the daylight hours. Should you physically see the bugs? Yes, the 40% DEET Repel will kill them on contact.
Again, it is important the reader realize the 40% DEET Repel should be used as a preventive measure, not a solution.
The solution to your bedbug infestation is entirely found with the Proof bedbug spray. I suffered an infestation, I struggled with solutions, and then I found one, and it is this Proof spray. It really, REALLY works. Now, be sure you recognize that a bedbug infestation isn't going to be destroyed with one 16 ounce spray bottle of Proof. No, bedbugs are far, far tougher than that. Yes, absolutely, the Proof spray kills them on contact, and repels them from your bed, your couch, so forth, and so on. It kills bedbug eggs, but remember, bedbugs are so small and flatly built they can reside in places beyond your ability to comprehend. To state it plainly, you are going to have to purchase many of these 16 ounce spray bottles of Proof. You use one, and you won't see any bedbugs for a while, you will surely kill loads of them, but there are still more there somewhere. You will need to apply Proof bedbug spray consistently over a period of months in order to beat back and destroy a bedbug infestation. The smell of the stuff, with neem oil as its active ingredient, is very very strong. You will most definitely need to ventilate your home after applying the spray. Do not be afraid to apply Proof spray to your bed, your couch, or even your clothes, especially after you've returned home from a stay elsewhere, somewhere maybe infested. You do not need a professional pest control service if you have patience, determination, consistent application, and plenty of Proof bedbug spray to treat your abode with. Thanks for reading, take care of you, your home, and your family, and by all means KILL THEM ALL.
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