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Bedbugs: Your Questions Answered

WebMD readers get answers to their questions about bedbugs.

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Other than being cautious about what you bring into the house, there’s not much that you can do. Henriksen says that most pest professionals will schedule more than one treatment in order to be as thorough as possible, so hopefully those eggs you are worried about won’t hatch. 

What is the best way to rid yourself of these nasty little creatures?

Call a pro. 

How to get rid of them in the quickest possible time and the easiest way possible?

Getting rid of bedbugs is neither quick nor easy. The better question is, what is the most thorough way to get rid of them. Again, Henriksen recommends working with a professional. Expect to do a tremendous amount of laundry and sealing things in bags prior to treatment. 

In a tropical country like the Philippines, they're almost everywhere! How can we get rid of them? We live in a city, in a condo.

Henriksen says that climate is less of a factor than crowding. Bedbug infestations are more common in big cities, especially in densely populated neighborhoods. 

Why don't they come up with something to slather on your body or dust on the sheets that will kill them and neutralize their eggs? Like a fake body, heated, with a sticky skin... something like a huge fly paper covered, mechanical, moving, warm bedbug catcher.

Unfortunately, there’s no effective repellant for bedbugs. Even if there were, it wouldn’t get rid of them. As for dusting, Henriksen says you will want to be careful what you dust your sheets with. After all, you have to sleep on them.

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