Bedbugs, a big issue, and hard to get rid of.

Canada
November 17, 2010 3:25pm CST
Do you, or anyone you know have bedbugs? Have you had them before? Recently we had a serious infestation, and thought we'd got rid of them all by roasting them to death on the roof. It seemed to have worked as prior to moving, we didn't have any more issues with them. But last week, after being here for 2 months, we discovered that we got them back again. I think the culprit this time is the rug under the bed, which is now outside. I guess we didn't clean it as well as we thought we had. So now, we're back to trying to get rid of them, washing all our laundry, and putting the wood bed slats outside to try to kill the bugs. The problem is that it's too warm outside, temperatures below freezing are needed in order to kill them. The opposite is extreme heat, using a dryer at a high setting will work to kill them. We found that the heat from the roof in the summer helped to kill them, they scurried off onto the roof and died within a few seconds. We lived in an apartment that had access to a flat tar and pebble roof, and the temperature was over 50C, which was enough to kill the live bugs. Don't know if it killed off the eggs. So now we try to kill them again, and hope we're successful this time. The rug is outside, and special products have been used to try to kill them again. If you've had them before, and got rid of them, how did you do it?
8 responses
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
17 Nov 10
I have not ever had them....and don't know of anyone else that has...I know right now though they are running rampant even in hotels etc. I hope you get it under control...it must be hard to have to deal with them!
• Canada
17 Nov 10
It is hard. It's not like ant colonies where you can put down bait and kill them all, this is harder since the eggs are harder to destroy. We got rid of them once, I have no doubt I can do so again.
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
18 Nov 10
I had it with my bed previously. What I did so to use a lighter and run it all over the bed frame. Corners, joints, on top, below, everywhere. Next, I turn my attention to the mattress. Again with the light, I go through all the edge but taking care not to set it on fire. Then I change the bedsheet, give it a thorough wash and hang it out under the sun to dry. For me, that seem to get rid of those bed bugs.
@oldchem1 (8144)
18 Nov 10
Funnily enough there has just been a news item on TV that stated that Paris actually has an infestation of bed bugs at the moment!! Thankfully I've never had them or had to put up with them anywhere I have stayed.
• India
18 Nov 10
We do not have a problem as such in my flat but I have read in website that it can be removed by using pesticides. And also they use few techniques like using heater to kill these bugs. I would suggest to get the pesticides done to your flat to get rid of these creatures.
@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
18 Nov 10
I never had bedbugs before till a friend came over to my house which they came in with them... I have had them since May 2009 I had the place spray 3 times.we had to leave for 4 hours with our pets.cats dog. what a time ....We still see them off and on my friend said he sees them early in the morring after eat. and later on in around 1 o'oclock in the afternoon ..haha I JUST HATE THEM!!!! I hope we get rite of them by next year.then at 10 oclock at night. cd
• United States
18 Nov 10
I've never had bedbugs before, but I heard it's a pretty horrible situation. Bed bugs are seriously hard to get rid of and I don't know what I would do if I had them in my home. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night knowing that I had bugs like that in my household that could bite me. I hope you succeed in getting rid of them completely. Where I live, roaches can often be the culprits. Although they don't bite, I really hate them because they're scary and some of them where I live actually fly! Ick! And it doesn't matter how clean your home is because they just like dark, damp spaces so they can come in when it rains and they hide anywhere they want. Yuck!
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
18 Nov 10
My solution was to use fruit ants, the black variety, to do the hunting for me. Fruit ants rarely bite humans, at least that was my experience, but so far have been effective in keeping the bedbugs away. Actually the number of bedbugs in my home was increasing, initially brought back by my son from his hostel. Then the rain came, and the ants moved into the house. After some time I noticed several ants would regularly patrol the area where the bedbugs used to thrive. After some time the bedbugs were no longer seen, or felt. Please note that I cannot guarantee the same method will work for you.
• China
18 Nov 10
My family has the same problem,but with roach!They are annoying,they bite the floor and table!It's hard to get rid of it!My mother has tried many method,but it did't works!Is there anyone who can tell me how to do this ?