To eradicate bed bugs, ANSES recommends using natural methods rather than insecticides, which are responsible for many poisonings.
It is better to try other control methods before using insecticides to control bedbug infestations, French health authorities warned on Wednesday, December 21.
The National Health Security Agency (ANSES) recalled that before resorting to insecticides to get rid of bed bugs, it is recommended to first prefer non-chemical methods.
An Increase in Medical Consultations:
Among other things, bedbugs cause itching with their bites, and they can be found in mattresses, sheets, furniture, and nooks. Although bed bugs were practically eradicated in France by the middle of the 20th century, they are now regaining popularity. In 2020, the Ministry of Health estimated that bed bugs cause 70,000 consultations with general practitioners each year.
In addition, the government publishes a plan to combat bedbugs.
With this problem, people often feel helpless and may try to use insecticides directly to combat bedbugs. However, ANSES warns that such products may be “unsuitable”, “ineffective, or even dangerous.” Insecticides used against bedbugs resulted in 1,056 poisoning cases between 2007 and 2021, one of which resulted in the death of a child.
Follow these Tips:
To avoid damage to the device, authorities recommend vacuuming all surfaces very carefully – then cleaning the device immediately. While throwing away the bag, you can also wash clothes and household linen in a washing machine at more than 55°C. Even if this temperature may damage some items. If you do not have a washer, you can store your clothes in the freezer for three days.
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An ANSES recommendation is also to use a steam device. At temperatures higher than 120°C, clean the nooks and crannies of the accommodation. Bedbugs are normally killed in this operation, regardless of their stage of development. “In the event that this does not work, you should contact a pest control specialist rather than applying insecticide products yourself,” explains the agency.