Bedbugs: What You Need To Know To Get Rid Of Them
The government is launching a prevention plan against these extremely nasty insects that proliferate. Are they dangerous? How to get rid of it?
Bed Bugs Are Everywhere
TRUE. They have decided to take over the world. There is a global upsurge in bedbug infestations. This propagation, which appeared at the end of the 1990s, is thought to be ” the increase in international travel and the appearance of resistance to insecticides “, according to the Ministry of Health . Bed bugs take hold anywhere humans sleep . But it is not a question of insalubrity. Bed bugs can get anywhere, even in the cleanest homes and hotels. Romain Wartelle, insecticide in Lille, confirms: “ I have already worked in large hotels and in military barracks. “He notes an increase in his interventions:” Between 2018 and 2019, it was over 30%. The Chambre Syndicale des Industries de Disinfection listed 180,000 infested sites in France in 2017. There are now 400,000 according to the Right to Housing association.
Nothing Like The Smell Of Dogs To Detect Them
TRUE. For the past fifteen years, dogs have been trained to detect bedbugs. This method is now considered the most effective for flushing out bedbugs , their larvae and eggs. Although sometimes visible to the naked eye, these insects have an annoying tendency to remain discreet. During the day, they live in the dark in the smallest gaps. They are mostly found in bedrooms but also in dark and quiet places: living room sofas, cracks in walls and floors, backs of paintings, curtains and complaints. We even find nests in washing machines if the washing temperature is low. However, the bug ”
cannot easily climb on metal or polished surfaces, let alone fly or jump,
”says the Ministry of Health.
The Use Of Insecticides Is Recommended
FALSE. Prevention is better than cure. The best solution to not be confronted with bedbugs is still to avoid bringing them home. To do this, you must take precautions when traveling (inspect hotel rooms, do not leave clothes lying around) and, in case of doubt, wash your clothes at 60ºC, bedbugs do not survive above 56ºC. Another solution is to place the items in the freezer at -20ºC for three days (72 hours). As with lice .
When the damage is done, you have to act quickly, but not just anyhow. ” Avoid improvising a chemical treatment which could disperse the bedbugs, aggravate the problem and promote the development of parasite resistance to the treatment “, indicates the site service-public.fr .
The 60 Million Consumers Association recommends thoroughly vacuuming “the entire mattress and in all possible corners of the bed and around the bed ”, washing clothes at 60ºC and freezing infested objects. Bedbugs, their larvae and eggs will not resist steam cleaning at 120ºC either. “ But these operations are often not sufficient, especially if the infestation is already advanced, warns the association. You will then have to resort to disinsection. »Count between 150 and 300 euros for the service.
They Transmit Diseases
FALSE. When it comes to food, bed bugs only like blood, especially when it’s human. Well hidden during the day, they climb into the beds after dark, attracted by the heat and the smells. No larger than an apple seed, oval in shape and flat, they measure between 4 and 7 millimeters in adulthood and are therefore visible to the naked eye. Their presence is generally betrayed by the pimples and itching caused by their bites. Small black dots on the sheets can also alert. Dermatitis and allergic reactions can appear but ” to date, bedbugs are not vectors of disease “, indicates the site of the Ministry of Health. The bites generally disappear within ten days and do not require special care. In the event of a severe infestation and repeated bites, bedbugs can however become sources of various psychological disorders (anxiety, insomnia), or even anemia.