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Welcome to BEDBUG.NET's STORE. We pride ourselves in giving only the BEST information to our readers, and we do the same with the bed bug products on our store. There's a lot of scams out there when it comes to bed bug products -- MOST of the so called 'bed bug supplies' you see on the web and available online are won't work. You'll waste your money and your time.

However, we've only listed bed bug items that legitimately are effective and, with a proper bed bug treatment strategy, can help you get rid of bed bugs for good. Just keep in mind that there is no one single solution that will get rid of bugs -- you'll have to use a concerted strategy that involves a number of different steps and products.

However, if you are willing to pursue a DO IT YOURSELF bed bug treatment cycle, you can get rid of the bugs for good and save a lot of money. Even if you factor in buying several hundred dollars in bed bug supplies and equipment, this is STILL cheaper than hiring a pest control company -- which can run you hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your house.

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DO I HAVE BED BUGS?

How do I know if I have a bed bug infestation?

If you've asked this question, you are certainly not alone. It's the number one question we get on BedBugs.NET emailed to us.

Fortunately, it's fairly easy enough to answer this question without needing to resort to expensive equipment. In fact, you can do it for FREE just visually.

Bed bugs can be a difficult pest to eliminate because they have the uncanny ability to hide deep within your mattress, around the mattress, and even in areas like the floor and wall.

Bed bugs are also nocturnal. The come out early in the morning (usually when people are at their deepest sleep cycle), feed only between five to fifteen minutes, then scurry back to their nests. If you are not aware there is a bed bug infestation, you may not notice.

But you should be able to tell from the red welts on your body left from the bed bug bites right? Well, not always. Some people have an allergic reaction to bed bug bites. This reaction flares up as large red welts that take days -- even weeks -- to disappear.

However, not everyone is allergic - or reacts -- to bed bug bites. This means you could have a bed bug infestation and unknowingly being fed on by the creatures.

However, there are some sure fires ways to find out IF you have bed bugs -- even if you don't have any bed bug bite mars.

You see, bed bugs ALWAYS leave some trace around where they feed. This can be fecal matter, shedded skin, left over blood stains, or a specific smell.

You can identify the signs of a bed bug infestation or past bed bug infestation by doing a visual inspection of your bed area -- around the mattress, under the mattress, by the mattress seems in within a few feet of the bed area. Bed bugs typically live within 20 feet of the bed -- so you should search this area first.

Here are the major indicators that will tell you if you have a bed bug infestation. If you can't spot any visual signs (you should if you have an infestation), you can also use something called a Bed Bug Trap / Bed Bug Monitor to catch live bed bugs. Where there is one bed bug, you'll know there is thousands and you have an infestation on your hands.

BED BUG PICTURES

Knowing exactly what these critters look is the first means of identifying a potential infestation.

 

Here's a zoomed in view of a bed bug. While it may look big in this picture, a mature adult bed bug will be a bit smaller than an apple seed. Adults tend to be brownish or white with streaks of brown/black/red (the blood they fed on which is inside their body). Baby bed bugs are much smaller in size and usually white or translucent.

 

If you spot a live bug or a dead bug, you have a bed bug infestation

BITE MARKS

Bite marks are the most common way people find out they have a bed bug infestation. The usually situation is that someone goes to bed (perhaps in a hotel or hostel) and wakes up with red welts over parts of their body.
                        
Bed Bug bite marks tend to be in a straight, consistent line. The actual bites are small, but the red welts is a sign of an allergic reaction the body has. IF you don't have such a reaction, you may not even know you have bed bug bites (unless the bites wake you up at night).

BLOOD STAINS

A telltale sign of bed bugs are blood stains left on areas they have been feeding on or around -- such as sheets, pillows, and home furniture.

 

The spots are small and circular, sometimes smudged. The blood comes from the blood leaking from the bites, or the bed bugs tramping across material while having blood on their bodies, or from you rolling in your sleep and crushing the bugs.

BLACK FECES

Bed bug feces are very thin spots of black left on material. They are not clumpy. Mostly, they look like stains. The feces is digested blood that's been excreted by the bed bugs on their way back to their nest after feeding. If the feces are fresh, you can simply dab it with a tissue. If there is a reddish tinged smudge, you are dealing with bed bug poop.

 

Bed bug feces is a strong sign you have an infestation. If the feces are old and dried, then it could be a sign there was an infestation. You'll have to investigate further.

BED BUG SKINS

Bed bugs go through five different stages of development. With each stage, they shed their skin. The skin looks translucent, brown, amber, or slightly red.

If you spot bed bug skins, you either have a life infestation or there used to be an infestation.

HAVE BED BUGS?

Get Rid of Bed Bugs in 4 Easy Steps.

We give you four EFFECTIVE steps on how to get rid of bed bugs. For more detailed guides, please check out our bed bug guide page which has a number of resources, guides, and tutorials for detecting, preventing, and eliminating bed bugs

1

Encase Mattress

with a bed bug encasement

Stop bugs from biting you at night!

If there are bed bugs in your mattress / pillow / or frame, a proper bed bug mattress encasement and pillow will prevent the bugs from entering or leaving your mattress, and it will prevent them from feeding on you through the mattress.

We recommend Sleep Safe Encasements as the best option.

2

Intercept Bed Bugs

with bed bug interceptors

Stop bugs from reaching bed

Once you've covered your mattress with a quality bed bug encasement, now you want to prevent new bugs from climbing onto the bed through the legs. Put the bed bug interceptors beneath each of your bed frame legs to 'catch' and prevent bugs from climbing up the bed's legs.

This will seal you away from bedbugs. If they can't reach you, they can't bite you!

3

Heat Treat Affected Areas
with Bed Bug Steamers and Heaters

Bed bugs can hide away in pretty much area with small cracks such as floor boards, the wall, bed frames, mattresses, and even in clothes, and books.

To completely kill bed bugs off, you need heat treat infestation areas. Use a bedbug steamer to direct steam into the mattress seams, cracks, nooks, and hard to reach areas. Second use a bed bug heater to heat treat items you can't steam treat (shoes, laundry, books, bags, etc). Dump in the items, turn it on, and the bed bugs will be killed when the heat cycle is done.

4

Clean Up & Prevent
with Bed Bug Powder & Sprays

The final treatment is to use BOTH residual bed bug powders and contact bed bug sprays to finalize your treatment.

Contact sprays kill bed bugs on contact. Residual powders like diatomaceous earth will continue to kill any bed bugs that come into contact with it.

Both of these treatments will help kill any left over bed bugs and help prevent any future infestation for a while.


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