Pandemonium is sweeping across America as the second bed bug infestation in less than a century is taking a grip on our homes again! We are being attacked in our own beds at night by these blood-sucking, parasitic little monsters who live by feeding only on blood of warm blooded animals. Today, there is big news for bed bugs! The old-time remedies used to eradicate bedbugs back in the 1930’s and 1940’s will work again for us today!
Bedbugs are propagating at an astounding rate of speed. There are many reports of apartment dwellers who witness their neighbors bringing in a used couch or other piece of used furniture and within the span of 2 weeks or less, are completely infested in their own apartment! Imagine how fast it would take for the bedbugs to overtake the entire apartment building!
People everywhere are searching the Internet for answers to these questions: “How do I get rid of bed bugs in my mattress?” “How do I get rid of bed bugs in my furniture?” “How do i get rid of bed bugs in my clothes?” And, “How do I get rid of bed bugs for good?” The answers we are getting to these questions are doing nothing at all to solve the problem. In fact, most of the answers most commonly found on the Internet today are totally worthless.
Scientists from all across America agree that bedbugs have developed a resistance to the pesticides used to control them back in the 1940’s. Very little has been learned about bed bugs since then. Looking at the different ways they got rid of bed bugs back in the days of the first infestation, we can see new ways we have not yet tried today. What once was old is new again and today this is great news for you!
Back in the old days, people would encircle the outside of their homes with lime by pouring a line of lime to keep out all insects, rodents and even snakes. It would be a good idea to try this because even if the bedbugs cross the line, many more pests will not.
First, go to your local hardware store and buy the largest container of Boric Acid powder you can find. Buy a large container of turpentine. Read all the warning labels on the backs of the containers before opening the packages of poisons. Keep away from pets and children. In fact, you may want to temporarily find another place to keep your animals until this process is over, and the areas have all been thoroughly cleaned. Use a paper mask when applying Boric Acid powder to prevent inhalation. Load a paint scrapper with Boric Acid powder using a spoon and spread a thin line around all the baseboards of your home. Try to encircle the perimeter of your home as completely as possible with the poison. In order for the bed bugs, or any other bug to climb the wall, they will have to cross the line of poison and come in contact with the poison, carrying it back to the nests of eggs and larvae.
Second, consider buying inexpensive strips of molding to place 1-2 inches down from the ceiling with small tacks. Spread the Boric Acid up on the top of the molding strips encircling the entire area, being careful not to miss an inch anywhere. Only a very thin line of powder is necessary because Boric Acid powder is very strong and long lasting. This method is best used for homes with small children instead of using the baseboard method where they may come in contact with the poison.
Third, pull your bed out away from any walls, windows, curtains, or other furniture. Make sure it’s at least 3 feet from any other object and that nothing is touching it. Take a lid to a mayonnaise jar, a pie plate, or any other item that will accommodate the posts of all your beds and place each bed post in your house into it’s own container. Fill the container with turpentine. If your bedpost is made of wood, it may damage the finish but can be easily repaired and a small price to pay for getting rid of bedbugs. When the bedbugs climb up the bedposts they will die in the turpentine. Turpin tine kills bedbugs on contact. This practice was used all across America, especially in the deep South, in the early part of the twentieth century. Bedbugs played a big part in the reason why most people used bed frames made of iron. The turpentine did no damage to them.
Thoroughly vacuum your home often, immediately remove and replace your vacuum cleaner bag and place in double plastic bags, making sure you completely and thoroughly seal the trash bag before removing it from your home. Be careful not to open it back up at another location where even a few may go free to start another infestation at a different location.
According to Wikipedia, bed bugs can survive a wide range of temperatures and atmospheric compositions – below 16.1 degrees F adults enter semi-hibernation and can survive longer. Bedbugs can survive 5 days at -10 degrees F and will die after 15 minutes exposure to 32 degrees F.
The thermal death point is high – 113 degrees F and all stages of life are killed by 7 minutes of exposure to temperatures of 115 degrees F.
Apartment dwellers should consider buying a deep chest freezer for common use by sharing the cost among themselves or by enlisting the help of the landlord.
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