According to experts in bed bug control, bed bugs are a serious problem that everyone needs to be aware of. They feed on human blood and can transmit diseases such as Chagas disease, toxoplasmosis, and the bubonic plague. Not only do they cause itchy bites, but one bite can lead to months or years of misery for you or your loved ones. Luckily we have some great tips on how to get rid of bed bugs in your home and prevent them from coming back!
Step 1: Identify Where Bed Bugs are Hiding
One of the biggest problems with bed bugs is that they are very good at hiding from us.
They can be found in a variety of places throughout your home, but it’s important to start by identifying where you have seen them and their fecal material (which looks like tiny black dots).
If possible, raise up one corner or side of each area used for sleeping. Look near the seams and edges for signs of bed bugs – live bugs and blood spots on mattresses/sheets caused by insects.
Step 2: Trap Bed Bugs in a Vacuum Cleaner
Once you have identified the infested area, trap them in a vacuum cleaner. The best way to do this is to place the hose of your vacuum into an empty cup and seal it with tape so that no bugs can escape when you move the furniture.
Then use your vacuum to suck up all bed bugs or their hiding places/fecal material from inside cracks and crevices.
Step 3: Prepare Your Home
The next step is to clean and remove potential bed bug hiding spots to remove and prevent them from invading again. Here are some things you can do:
Clean Linens and Curtains
Wash and dry your linens, blankets, clothing, and curtains in the hottest temperatures possible. When you’re done washing them, put them through an additional cycle of drying just to be sure that all bed bugs are dead.
Remove Your Laundry
Don’t let your laundry sit in a pile after you remove it from the dryer. Remove it immediately and place it directly into an airtight container or bag to prevent bed bugs from coming back.
Get Rid of Bed Bug Hiding Places
Seal cracks and crevices in your home where bed bugs can hide. You may need to get a professional exterminator for this job, but if you seal these spaces yourself, be sure that they are entirely filled, so no one will ever know there was once an opening here.
Step 4: Kill the Bed Bugs
After trapping the bed bugs in the vacuum cleaner, you need to kill them by using an effective pest solution or by heating them. Bed bugs die under the heat of 45°C within a few minutes.
The easiest way to do this is by using a steam cleaner, but you can also heat your room with an electric heater or dryer and then seal all cracks to prevent them from coming back.
You can also use an effective insecticide to kill bed bugs as this is much easier.
Step 5: Check the Affected Areas Regularly
Finally, check the affected areas regularly for new signs of bed bugs. Being proactive is the best way to prevent bed bugs from invading your beds again.
You can also hire professionals to do inspections regularly and give you advice on what to do to effectively prevent bed bugs from invading and hiding in your home.
In a Nutshell
This blog post has provided you with crucial information on how to get rid of bed bugs. The key is in knowing that they can be found anywhere and then taking the necessary steps to remove them from your home. We hope this article was helpful, and if you have more questions, do not hesitate to contact us!