Bedbugs are unwelcome visitors in any home. These pests hide during the day, coming out at night to feed on the blood of humans and animals. Bedbugs are often difficult to eliminate, but a variety of predatory insects feed on them, keeping them under control.
Adult bedbugs measure 3/16 inch in length and feed only at night. These bugs skillfully escape detection by hiding in cracks and crevices of mattresses and underneath the bed. Bedbugs are brown and are often mistaken for roaches or ticks. These pests move quickly on floors and walls, but are wingless and cannot fly. Many rooms are infested with bedbugs in a short period of time and their resilience makes them difficult to kill.
Spiders are natural predators and many feed on bedbugs, keeping their populations low. These members of the Arachnid family are not true insects because they have eight legs instead of six. Some species of spiders stalk their prey, and some spin webs to trap unsuspecting bugs. Brown recluse spiders typically like to live in dark places, and are often found in shoe boxes, in piles of clothes and underneath beds. These spiders often feed on bedbugs, which hide in the same areas during the daytime. While the brown recluse feeds on bedbugs, it is also poisonous to humans, causing many people to become very ill when bitten. There are many species of spiders, however, that are not poisonous and feed on bedbugs and other damaging pests inside our homes.
Vinegar is a common home and garden remedy against insects. This mild acid can kill or repel many kinds of bugs, but isn’t effective against bedbugs. These tenacious insects can hide in tiny crevices of a mattress or headboard, or even between floorboards, making it difficult to get rid of them using home remedies.
Bedbugs are small, reddish-brown oval insects about 3/16 inch long. They have very flat bodies and can crawl into small cracks and crevices. Bedbugs lay white eggs about 1/32 inch long. These sticky eggs adhere to the inside of small spaces.
Bedbugs are very difficult to kill. Many conventional pesticides and repellents, including home remedies such as vinegar, don’t work on these pests. Even treatments that kill the adult insects usually do not destroy the eggs, allowing bedbugs to re-infest a space within a few weeks.
Bed bugs have been enjoying a robust comeback over the last few years. No longer constrained to the filthy fleabag hotels where you’d expect to find them, the persistent pests have taken up residence in some of the finest establishments, much to the vexation of hotel management across the country. And since bed bugs love to hitch rides, visiting even an upscale hotel could result in some very unwanted stowaways. In fact, they may be found in any kind location with shared beds: hospitals, inns, cruise ships, jail…anywhere there are people. Fortunately, if you bring them home, you may be able to control them with a simple, timeless solution.
Bed bugs are brown, oval shaped insects that can grow up to 3 to 4 millimeters in length. If you wake up with bites all over you, inspect your bed closely at night; you may be able to spot the bed bugs using strong lighting.
* Bed bugs shed dead skin during the nymphal stage. The discarded skin will look like a hollow bug.
* Bed bugs lay eggs frequently, which resemble miniature grains of rice.
* You may detect an odd odor. Bed bugs excrete an oily substance with a smell similar to that of coriander. If you do catch a whiff, you can be sure you have a heavy infestation.
* Look for tiny reddish brown excrement specks on the mattress, bedding, or walls adjacent to the bed