Bed Bugs year 1905(8 posts)
I found this not positive how valid the info but it sounded valid to me.
Go to http://www.answers.com/topic/bedbug
then scroll down to General information
My Observations on Bedbugs, by Dr. Charles A.R. Campbell (historical interest only)
This is a sample.
In the writer's opinion, Dr. Campbell has proved beyond the peradventure of a doubt that smallpox is transmitted in one way onlyâ€”by the bite of an infected bedbug, or possibly in rare cases by that of another blood-sucking insect, the "chinche volante."
The hairs which cover the body of this insect are most peculiar from the fact that their ends terminate in two-pronged forks, and when annoyed or teased in the cracks which they inhabit bedbugs will invariably turn around with their backs towards you, so as better to protect themselves from being drawn from the crevices in which they may be located, as each hair presents a distinct anchor, and particularly as against the long feelers of the common cockroach, and also as against the tugging of another one of its most formidable enemies, the little red ant.
The eggs of the bedbug hatch on the seventh or eighth day after being laid, and, if carefully observed, it will be noticed that, within from two to three days before hatching, two bright scarlet spots will appear on the inside and on the exit end of the egg when viable. If these spots do not appear, the egg is not viable. Gasoline, which is so effective in destroying bedbugs, will not destroy their eggs; and, to the chagrin of the careful housekeeper, a new and full-size crop of bugs is again in possession of the bed within a few days after using gasoline. This is readily accounted for by the fact that the eggs can be soaked in gasoline and yet not lose their viability.
In order to make sure of their destruction, I believe that the application of a saturated alcoholic solution of corrosive sublimate, used with constant vigilance, will do the work, as this solution not only kills the adult insects but, by combining with the albumen of the egg, renders the latter sterile.
The ability of these insects to live for a very long time without food of any kind is remarkable. Careful observers have stated that, of their own personal knowledge, houses which have been empty for eighteen months at a time, when again inhabited by people have been found to be so full of these insects as to be untenantable.
Geez. This is really discouraging. How the heck were they eradicated then? It's so amazing that a living thing can live through extreme temperatures (30 degress to about 98 degrees), live without food for the longest, and their eggs survive insecticides. And by the way, what is "saturated alcoholic solution of corrosive sublimate"?
nyjammim--I so totally agree with you! It does all sound so very discouraging.
And that's a good question you posed. But can you tell us exactly what does this "saturated alcoholic solution of corrosive sublimate" refer to more specifically? Is there more to the sentence?
I do not know what saturated alcoholic solution of corrosive sublimate was or is but if some good person has a little time to search on the web that would be great.
Did anyone read the article in the link that I provided? The above is just a little piece of the info. Makes for some interesting reading.
This copy and paste link is part of the link Lent. Dan points us to above: it has been updated as of this month. The entire link above Ltnt, Dan suggests is ALL WELL WORHT READING
But this link mentiones bed bugger dot com at the bottom. It talk about r. alcohol as an effective knock down and goes into greater detail about adjunctive measures and so much more temps etc ...
Please read it
I'd like to be extra clear on what this wikipedia entry states regarding rubbing alcohol:
"While not a permanent fix, spraying rubbing alcohol should kill bedbugs on contact."
The imperative word here is "should." Not "does," not "definitely does."
Wikipedia, while a great resource to mine the world's information, is not a fully guaranteed source. The site is typically very careful with its words. I encourage others to try spraying rubbing alcohol on any bedbugs they find, and report back to us on the results.
But please consider all your options for contact killers: rubbing alcohol, enzyme cleaners like Kleen Free or Steri-Fab, steam heat, the dryer, mineral oil, Murphy's oil soap, and even Raid have all been suggested. These things SHOULD all kill bedbugs on contact, but we can't guarantee any of them. I'd recommend using multiple methods whenever possible. Frank over at The War on Bedbugs has some great tips on using multiple methods. This is his blog:
Hi S. I think this is great advice. Since I really feel free lately, all I have on hand is DE and Steri Fab. If I think something needs a "cleaning" I spray it with Steri Fab which is most alchohol. The DE (which everyone knows I don't know how to use) is to line around drawers and edges of the room. The items that go into the drawers are kept in ziplocks.
we lay de down
You must log in to post.