There are other threads which discuss bed bugs
but they are of the "something tried to eat me last night what was it?" variety. There are other
places that one could put a thread about bed bugs, but since this post will deal with getting relief from them, I thought that putting it here in the
medical forum might be the most efficacous way of getting the word to the desperate. Maybe people could post their strategies for dealing with the
I don't know about bed bugs as a vector for disease but they certainly cause a lot of mental stress on those suffering an infestation.
We have been sprayed once where I live and now, months later, we are getting ready for our next spraying. People who have gone through this process
will know that it is a non-trivial disruption to life as you fomerly knew it. Particularly if you are a "clutter bug" as I was.
I no longer am, of course, since everything I own is packed into plastic tubs and sealed plastic bags. If you think about that
a little, you
will realize why people are not taking bed bugs lightly.
Anyway, here's the good news
If you are invaded by bed bugs, it is likely that you will wind up sleeping in a zipped sleeping bag of some sort, until the exterminators can treat
I'm assuming that you are short of money to pay an exterminator and that you are already sleeping in a zipped bag of some sort. That you already have
several small strips of masking tape stuck nearby, as ammo, so you can instantly grab one and trap the bugs you see coming for "breakfast, lunch and
dinner", as the three bites are often called.
From personal experience I can tell you that, despite these sorts of precautions, you will still be having trouble with the bugs, but after reading up
on them recently, I came up with something that radically reduced the frequency with which I encounter them or their bites.
By simply placing a small fan directed at the floor a few inches from my face and running it during the night, I got virtual instant relief from their
Repeat: By simply placing a small fan directed at the floor a few inches from my face and running it during the night, I got virtual instant relief
from their predations.
The reason this works is that the fan disperses the carbon dioxide that you exhale when you breathe. Carbon dioxide is the chemical indicator that
allows the bed bugs to locate their prey. One of the peculiarities of carbon dioxide is that it is heavier than air
. When you exhale, the
carbon dioxide sinks to the floor and pools outward from the location of your nose and mouth. The bugs follow that flow of CO2 back to you.
The fan disperses the CO2 and destroys the trail leading to you. The bed bugs are no longer able to find you.
I know it sounds incredible and too simple to be true, but it works.
Over the last four days of employing this method the graph of my bed bug encounters went into steep decline. It wasn't a vertical drop, but a very
steep decline to near zero.
I fully realize that this is not the end of the bed bug war, nor is it the beginning of the end, but it may well be the end of the beginning.
edit on 18-12-2010 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)