Will UV light show bedbugs?

Written by peter timm
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Email

Bedbug infestation is a problem which has re-emerged in modern society. Bedbugs are small, oval-shaped reddish-brown bugs that feed on the blood of mammals. The bugs got their name due to their attraction to warm places and, in days of antiquity, beds tended to be the warmest spots in the house. Bedbugs are nocturnal creatures with a strong aversion to light.

Other People Are Reading

UV Light as a Bedbug Killer

Ultraviolet light is not effective as a means for detecting bedbugs; however, UV light is a great way to kill the bugs. Using UV light to exterminate bedbugs is perfect for people who have an aversion to pesticides. The UVC light waves pass through the skin of the bedbugs and attack the bugs' DNA, destroying them and eliminating their ability to reproduce.

Inspecting for Bedbugs

Bedbugs are known for hiding in cracks and crevices and are very hard to spot. Evidence of bedbug activity includes blood stains on your sheets and brown marks caused by bedbug faeces. Trying to find bedbugs through visual inspection is difficult but can be done by using a red light. A red light is the only colour that will not cause the bugs to retreat.

Cleaning

After you have used your UV light to kill off the bedbug infestation, it is advisable to clean the area to remove the dead bugs and any eggs they may have laid. Use a vacuum cleaner to thoroughly clean the area and wash your sheets. Keeping your house clean and well vacuumed can help keep your house free of bedbugs.

UV Lights

There are several ultraviolet light wands available for killing bedbugs. The wands are also effective for killing dust mites, bacteria and mould. There's even a model available which combines a UV light source with a vacuum system, providing you the option of cleaning the area as you exterminate the bugs.

Don't Miss

Filter:
  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
Sort:
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the eHow.co.uk site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.