What Attracts Bed Bugs and How To Get Rid of Them
If you have bed bugs you know how hard they are to get rid of, and how embarrassing it can be to admit you have them.
Because of the stereotype associated with these little critters we always assume that people who have them are dirty, disheveled and live in filth.
But this isn’t the case, which is a big relief because I used to have bed bugs and I try to keep a very neat household.
So what attracts bed bugs and how can you get rid of them once and for all?
What Attracts Bed Bugs
When answering the question “what attracts bed bugs?” most people assume the answer is dirty laundry on the floor, bed sheets that haven’t been washed in ages or people who prefer not to shower all too frequently.
But in reality, this isn’t the case.
In fact, you can get bed bugs whether you are clean or dirty, whether you have dirty laundry covering your floor or sheets that haven’t been washed in months.
What attracts bed bugs is actually carbon dioxide and warmth.
I know! I was shocked to hear that too!
The fact that bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide and warmth is why they prefer to live the fibers of our mattresses.
This is because not only are carbon dioxide and warmth what attracts bed bugs, but they are nocturnal, meaning they feed between the hours of 10 p.m and 6 a.m – while we are laying there all warm in our bed, emitting loads of carbon dioxide.
During these hours we are all typically asleep, unaware of these bugs creeping out of mattress, taking big bites out of us and sucking our blood.
Which is what also makes them so difficult to get rid of!
So, now that we know what attracts bed bugs, let’s discuss how you can rid of these critters once and for all.
How To Get Rid of Them
Getting rid of bed bugs is actually quite a difficult process – unless you have the right product.
When I first tried getting rid of them I tested out food grade Diatomaceous Earth. It worked okay for about a month or so, but those pesky bugs made their way back into our home and were soon causing a ruckus again.
After months of frustrating sleeps and itchy bites I finally tried a product called FabriClear – after seeing it on an infomercial one night and it promised to solve all the problems I was experiencing.
Now normally I’m pretty skeptical about infomercials and all their promises but I gave it a shot because, well, because I was desperate!
Thankfully I did because not only did it fix our bed bug problem but we haven’t had one problem since using it.
I suggest it to just about anyone I know who has a bed bug (or other tiny pests) problem – whether they are in an apartment, high-end condo or big house.
It’s also safe to use if you have kids or pets around, which is a big relief!