Bed Bugs In Electronics
Bed bugs are tiny, irritating pests that can fit themselves into the smallest of places. Their compact size doesn’t leave many spaces that are completely bed bug proof. However, you may be wondering what to do if you have bed bugs getting into your electrical devices. Read on to find out more.
How to Get Bed Bugs out of Electronics
Bed bugs wouldn’t generally choose to crawl inside electrical devices, unless a severe infestation means they have nowhere else to go. The heat of a device doesn’t attract them, as it is not a food source - it would merely seem like a safe hiding place.
When it comes to treating any electronic device for bed bugs, extra care must be taken. Electrical equipment is likely to be damaged with conventional treatments, because it is so sensitive to heat, dust and moisture. This means that your go-to bed bug powders and sprays are, unfortunately, redundant for this task.
Other tried-and-tested methods, like freezing the bugs to death, or washing them away, are also eliminated, for obvious reasons. However, there are some alternative solutions to successfully treating bed bugs in your electronics.
Bed bugs will not want to spend a great deal of time inside your electronic device. They are likely to be drawn out to feed eventually. If you are taking measures to treat infested areas, however, the bugs may be sheltered from the poison in their hideout.
A direct treatment can be carried out to help get bed bugs out of electronics. Place a bed bug chemical strip, such as the Nuvan ProStrip, inside a large, airtight bag, with the device, and then seal it. Leave the device sealed for up to a week for the most effective results. This period of time should give the chemical enough time to take effect.
However, as with the use of all chemical pesticides, take care. The chemicals which are used in some of these strips are harmful to humans, and should not be touched with bare hands, or ingested. Ensure you follow the directions on the packaging carefully. If you begin to feel unwell, contact your doctor immediately.
At the end of the period, remove your device from the bag, with care. Dispose of the bag carefully, along with the chemical strip and dead bugs. Wearing gloves for protection, clean your device thoroughly after treatment; this is particularly important if you touch it frequently. Make sure there is no trace of the chemical left on the device before handling it normally again.
How to Protect Electronics From Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are not typically attracted to electronic devices. They prefer to be in areas where they can feed. However, if you do discover some unwelcome visitors inside your electronic devices, rest assured all is not lost.
Bed bugs may be found in devices close to areas of infestations. You are most likely to find these critters hiding in the devices you keep near the bed. Laptops that you may have used on the bed, or alarm clocks, for example.
The best method of protection against bed bugs is prevention. Keep on top of the locations in your house where bed bugs are likely to feed and mate. If you’re taking measures to kill these bed bugs, they are less likely to get into your electronics.
Given these small creatures have the ability to fit into most places, caution is key. Overspill from crowded feeding and nesting grounds will seek new areas to hide in, so keep electronic devices a reasonable distance away. Wait until you know the problem is completely resolved before you start to leave electronics around the area again.
Finally, once the bigger problem has been dealt with, your efforts should help prevent the bed bugs getting into electricals. These critters will need to look elsewhere for a hiding place while searching for a new host to help them thrive.
My Favorite Bed Bug Treatment Products
My Favorite Bed Bug Treatment Products
Bed Bug Patrol Bed Bug Killer - One of the best bed bug sprays that I've yet to personally use. Not only does it have a reported 100% kill rate against live bed bugs in controlled tests, but it's also child and pet friendly. This product can be used against both light and heavy infestations, and most importantly, it's laboratory tested and completely chemical-free.
Studies conducted using the treatment showed an impressive kill rate of 83% within just 30 minutes after application, and 98% within the first four hours, leading on to an eventual mortality rate of 100% over time.
SureGuard Mattress Encasement - It's thick, durable, and is certain to help stop bed bugs of all sizes from getting to, or from, your mattress.
The protector prevents bed bug transportation by using SureSeal technology, and by using an extremely fine zipper that not even bed bug nymphs can impregnate.
In my experience, the best and most effective bed bug traps are usually the ones that are designed to work in the simplest of ways. I've used the Bed Bug Blocker Interceptor Traps extensively and I find they do the job better than any other trap I've tried. You also get a very generous 8 interceptors per pack.
Simply place them directly underneath the bed/table/chair legs you're trying to protect, and watch the bed bugs fall into the traps time and time again with no chance of escape.
ZapBugg Bed Bug Heater - Specially designed to kill all stages in the bed bug life cycle, including eggs, without the need to purchase expensive pest control heat treatment solutions.
Simply place infested items into the ZappBug heater and it will automatically reach the all-important bed bug killing temperature, so you can be sure the items will come out free from all life stages of bed bug once the process is complete.
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