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What is the most notorious aspect of any hotel stay? Finding bed bugs!

These itchy pests quickly ruin any trip that they’re a part of.

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid bedbugs entirely? Ultrasonic pest killers are the newest pitch to permanently rid vacations of these annoying pests.

 But, do ultrasonic pest killers work on bedbugs?

In this article, we’ll explore that question in greater detail.

How do ultrasonic pest deterrents work?

Theoretically, ultrasonic pest deterrents emit a specific wavelength of sound that bed bugs hate.

While humans cannot hear sounds at this frequency, pests are supposedly able to hear them. 

Bugs, rodents, and other pests absolutely detest sounds that fall in this frequency. 

Think of it as when someone scrapes their nails against a chalkboard.

You want to be as far away from that sound as you can get, right? This is the premise that ultrasonic pest deterrents follow.

The sounds emitted drive pests away from the device, removing them from the surrounding environment.

Do ultrasonic pest killers work on bedbugs?

Everyone wants a quick method to oust bedbugs. Are ultrasonic pest killers the answer?

Unfortunately, several studies show that ultrasonic pest killers are not an effective means to remove these insolent bugs.

Ultrasonic pest deterrents utilize a specific range of sound waves to repel annoying creatures. 

While they do affect other pests, these devices will do little to help your bedbug problem.

A study cited by the Journal of Economic Entomology explored the influences of ultrasonic pest killers on bedbugs.

Researchers exposed the experimental group of bedbugs to four different ultrasonic pest deterrents. The control group was located in a silent space.

Unfortunately, the study concluded that sound waves had no effect on bedbugs.

Ultrasonic pest killers will not work on bedbugs!

Another researcher, Michael F. Potter of the University of Kentucky, suggests that ultrasonic pest killers might actually attract bed bugs.

Electrical pest deterrents unleash a small amount of heat.

Since bed bugs are attracted to warmth, emitted heat works against your efforts to rid the space of bedbugs.

Causes of bedbugs

What causes bed bugs?

To properly get rid of bedbugs, it helps to know the root cause.

However, a singular cause does not exist.

Several underlying factors contribute to the presence or bed bugs or the lack thereof.

  • Travel

Travel exposes you to new environments. Unfortunately, travel can also introduce bedbugs to new locations!

Bedbugs can attach themselves to you, your clothing, shoes, luggage, or any other object into your room. They will then hitch a ride to your destination!

  • New-to-me furniture

Everyone loves finding a deal, especially when you can get a slightly used piece of furniture for a great price!

But, beware! Bedbugs may be lurking. Secondhand furniture can be stored in dirty environments during transport or storage. 

Since it also comes into contact with a lot of other secondhand items, you never know if bedbugs hitched a ride somewhere along the way!

Also, cleaning furniture is difficult. Bedbugs have lots of fabric and crevices to burrow into. Plus, you can’t really throw a new couch in the dryer.

Before buying a used piece of furniture or luggage, learn as much as you can about its history. Inquire if any reports of bedbugs relate to the piece.

Most importantly, clean it thoroughly as soon as possible. 

If you can, clean it before bringing it into your home.

  • Size

Bed Bugs are tiny and difficult to spot. 

Even if you’re the most diligent observer, finding bed bugs is still a tough task. 

Their slim bodies easily burrow in tight, shadowed spaces. 

You may unwittingly carry these unwanted travelers with you for quite awhile.

Bedbugs are expert burrowers, often hiding away deep in crevices and furniture.

How to get rid of bedbugs

Don’t despair! There are plenty of effective methods to oust bedbugs.

  • Prevent bedbugs from entering your home

The best way to avoid bedbugs is to avoid them entirely.

While you may still have an unfortunate run-in with bedbugs, you can tilt the odds in your favor by taking a few precautions.

Here are some ways you can avoid bringing bed bugs into your home.

  • Diligently inspect any new furniture, mattresses, or secondhand fabrics before purchase
  • Thoroughly clean reused furniture as soon as possible
  • Cover mattresses and box springs with a protective case
  • Minimize clutter to eliminate hiding places
  • Vacuum often and keep your home free from dirt and dust
  • Employ caution if you use communal laundry facilities. Transport your laundry home to fold and minimize contact with communal surfaces.
  • If you live in a shared space, seal all cracks and spaces between your hoem and the next unit. Install door sweeps to reduce the risk of transporting bed bugs.

How to prevent bed bugs

If you’re looking to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home or things in the above situations, a few precautions can include:

Preventing bed bugs when traveling.

Prevent bedbugs when traveling

  • Avoid hotels with reports of bedbugs.
  • As soon as you enter your room, thoroughly inspect the creases of your mattress. Pull back the sheets and covers and check multiple parts of the bed.
  • Inspect flooring and couches/chairs.
  • Store luggage away from the bed.
  • Inspect your luggage before you leave the hotel. Vacuum your luggage as soon as you return home.
  • If possible, use plastic luggage instead of fabric.
  • Store luggage in a plastic bag or garbage bag.
  • Wash all clothes in hot water and dry them in high heat immediately upon your return home.

How to remove bed bugs from your home

If the unthinkable happens, and you find yourself in a bedbug infestation, there are many ways to rid yourself of these pests.

A few important steps include:

  • Wash and dry all bedding and linens in high temperatures for at least 20 minutes
  • Dry stuffed animals, curtains, and unwashable items on high.
  • Scrub mattresses with a stiff brush and vacuum thoroughly.
  • Vacuum your bed as well as the area under and around it often.
  • If all else fails, reach out to a licensed pest control professional for recommendations.

If you are experiencing a bed bug infestation, it’s important to consult a pest control professional to determine the safest and most effective solution for your unique situation.

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