Bedbugs are tiny parasites of humans. They feed on human blood and use a sharp proboscis to penetrate human skin. Once inside a human’s skin, bedbugs will engorge themselves with blood and can survive for days. The bites caused by bedbugs are not painful at the time of the attack. Bedbugs can be recognized by their red, swollen bites, which are usually spread in clusters.
There are many ways to avoid contracting bedbugs, including regular inspections of used furniture and bedding. When purchasing second-hand items, it is a good idea to inspect them thoroughly and mark them with a sticker indicating their infested status. Similarly, you should wash all clothes you plan to keep indoors before storing them in your home.
When vacuuming your home, it is a good idea to focus on infested areas first. While household vacuuming rarely reaches these areas, targeted vacuuming can help remove bed bugs from your home before you apply pesticides. To get the best results, try scraping the vacuum’s suction wand along the perimeter edges of flooring and furniture.
For a stronger solution, you can use pyrethroid sprays. These sprays are known to be effective against bedbugs, but they should be used with caution indoors. Always follow the directions on the label of the product. Otherwise, you may not achieve the desired results and may even harm yourself or your family.