Scientist have discovered Home Remedies for Bed Bugs
The idea of possibly living in a room that has been infested with bed bugs is one thing that many don’t look forward to. Bed bugs are health hazards to us all but what made it even worst is that the can be found in hotels, motels, most of all in our homes. Well, we are not the only stressing over bed bugs, now scientist have taking special interest that led them to have discovered natural ways of keeping bed bugs out of our homes and places we lay our heads.
This is the finding from a article published at Cornell university
“Beauveria bassiana kills the pest by infection as a result of the insect coming into contact with fungal spores. An insect can come into contact with the fungal spores in several ways: by having the spray droplets land on its body, by moving on a treated surface, or by consuming plant tissue treated with the fungus (the latter is not a major method of uptake). Once the fungal spores attach to the insect’s skin (cuticle), they germinate sending out structures (hyphae) that penetrate the insect’s body and proliferate. It may take 3-5 days for insects to die, but infected cadavers may serve as a source of spores for secondary spread of the fungus. Insects can also spread the fungus through mating (Long et al. 2000). High humidity and free water enhance activity of the conidia and the subsequent infection of the insect. Fungal spores are readily killed by solar radiation and infect best in cool to moderate temperatures (Goettel et al. 2000, Wraight and Ramos 2002).”
Researchers from Pennsylvenia State University observed the following
“In the study, the researchers used an airbrush sprayer to apply spore formulations to paper and cotton jersey, a common bed sheet material. Then control surfaces, again paper and cotton jersey, were sprayed with blank oil only. The surfaces were allowed to dry at room temperature overnight. Three groups of 10 bedbugs were then exposed to one of the two surfaces for one hour. Afterward, they were placed on clean filter paper in a petri dish and monitored.
The researchers found that all of the bedbugs exposed to the biopesticide became infected and died within five days.
Also, there were no prominent differences in susceptibility by feeding status, sex, strain or life stage. Most importantly, the infected bedbugs carried the biopesticide back to their hiding places, infecting those that did not go out in search of blood.”
With this said what natural remedy could we use for bed bugs?
Some treatments for bed bugs
There are different approaches that we can take to treat Bed. One of which is to find the source of the problem of the infestation which most of the time requires you to hire a professional exterminator. The professional exterminator most times will need to use both pesticides and non-chemical treatments to get rid of the bed bugs. There are non-chemical ways for you to help you relief you from bed bugs and this route is to fully vacuum your home from top to bottom from ever crevices to every cracks in the floors and walls and most of all, make sure that you wash your bed sheets and clothes in hot waters greater than 120 F to ensure that the bed bugs die. Once you are done washing them make sure to place them in a dryer for a minimum 20 minutes on medium to high heat.
Bed Bugs are extremely annoying and are a health hazard for us and our love ones, so following these few tips may help you to get rid of these little annoying creatures.