Many people ask us about different bedbugs spray. They want to know what bed bug spray works the best to kill bed bugs. After all, there are many different options available, and it can be confusing to choose among them. And choosing the right bedbugs spray is important. Not only are some sprays more effective than others, some contain ingredients that may actually be harmful to your health.
While a bed bug spray will be necessary for treating bed bugs, you should know that there is more work to be done than simply spraying. You’ll need to wash all your bed linens in hot water and thoroughly vacuum your mattress and/or other furniture to remove all the bugs you can.
Make sure you inspect your whole house carefully so that you can treat all affected areas. Bed bugs don’t only live in beds. If you skip any affected areas, your bug problem will persist.
Of course, everyone wants to prevent bed bugs if they can. Bed bugs often stowaway on used furniture when you bring it into your home, so be sure to inspect any used furniture carefully before you bring it home.
If you spend the night somewhere that is infested with bed bugs, you can bring them home with you on your clothing or in your luggage. It is recommended that you inspect the beds in hotel rooms for signs of bugs before sleeping there. Pull back the covers and examine the crevices of the mattresses carefully. If you see any signs of bugs, notify the manager and request another room on the other side of the hotel.
If you discover too late that you spent the night with bed bugs, seal your clothing in plastic bags until you can wash it, then wash the clothes in the hottest water the fabrics can stand. Wash your suitcase or bag, either in the washing machine or by hand.
Bedbugs spray traditionally contains permethrins and/or pyrethrins, chemicals that kill bed bugs well but that may be harmful to your health. If you use this type of bed bug spray, make sure you wear gloves, long sleeves, long pants, and a facemask when applying it. Contact with your skin can cause severe inflammation and irritation. Breathing in these chemicals can cause nausea or vomiting. Prolonged exposure to them can have even more severe side effects. Prolonged exposure to permethrins and pyrethrins has been linked to liver damage and certain types of cancer.
Bedbugs spray alone may not get rid of bed bugs completely. Some may survive the bed bug spray. Some exterminators use boric acid to help treat for bed bugs, but not all agree that boric acid is an effective treatment. It also has a number of health risks. Prolonged exposure to boric acid has been linked to kidney damage and nervous system damage.
An alternative to boric acid is fossil shell dust. Fossil shell dust is just what it sounds like – a dust made from finely ground fossils. The dust is sharp and cuts the hard shells of bed bugs, causing them to dehydrate and die. It’s harmless to people and pets.
Bed bug bites are irritating but are not dangerous. They do not spread any known diseases. The bites usually go away on their own in a few days. If you have bites that don’t go away, or if you think your bites are infected, see your doctor for treatment.
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