Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brownish insects about 0.2 inches long that live on blood of warm blooded animals. When young, they are pale and about the size of a pinhead. The bugs which originally came from Europe were almost wiped out by DDT before its ban in the 50’s and since then they have multiplied and infested more homes. These bloodsucking parasites get their name from their preferred habitats in human homes, bed mattresses and other soft furnishings. Can bed bugs travel through walls? There have been reports that apart from our beds and furniture, they can also reside in cracks and crevices in walls.
Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. Most people carry them unknowingly in their luggage and fabrics. They can also be picked up in public transport or even the theaters. Some of the evidence of bedbugs in your home include:
- Blood stains of the bed bugs on sheets and pajamas,
- Fecal stain on your mattress and bedding,
- Exoskeletons of the bedbugs.
Can bed bugs travel through walls?
These tiny bugs can comfortably fit into cracks and crevices in the wall and within walls and they can also travel through electric outlets pipes, plastic and metal conduit.
How to get rid of bedbugs?
Since bed bugs hide in so many places, they are not easy to get rid of but this is totally possible. Below are 5 methods you can use to get rids of these bugs.
» Clean your bedding, curtains, clothing’s in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer settings. Place shoes, stuff animals and other items that cannot be washed in the drye. Run it on high for at least 30 minutes.
» Make use of a stiff brush while scrubbing mattress seams to make sure that you have got rid of the bedbugs and their eggs before you do vacuuming.
» Repair the cracks on your walls by plastering and gluing down peeling wallpaper to get rid of bedbugs crawling on walls.
» Vacuum your bed and its surrounding frequently. After vacuuming, ensure you place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag and take it out in the garbage.
» To get rid of the bed bugs invading your bedding, ensure you enclose your mattress and box springs with a tightly woven zippered cover. This is going to ensure that there will be no bed bugs entering into your mattress nor will the ones already entered attempt to come out.
Bed bugs are capable of surviving for more than a year without feeding hence ensure that you keep the cover for at least one year to make sure that all the bugs in the mattress are dead.