Bed bugs are sneaky. They come out of their hideouts, feed for about ten minutes are retreat back not to be seen for days and sometimes even weeks. For that reason, people don't suspect of their existence until they have been bitten or found other evidence of their presence.
If that's what happened to you - despair not. In the article below you will find five simple ways to greatly reduce their numbers.
- Wash your infested bedding. You found dark reddish spots on your mattress? There are small insect bites on neck, arms, and back? Your bedding has a "rotting fruit" odor? If you answered yes to at least one of these question you have bed bugs in your home.
What you need to do as soon as possible is to wash the bedding in hot and soapy water at 120 degrees at least to kill the bed bugs and their eggs.
Next, dry the washed bedding for about 20-30 minutes using the highest heat settings. With that being said keep in mind that not all items can be dried in a dryer or they will be damaged.
To prevent cross-contamination of clothing - transport your bedding to and from the laundry room in a dedicated hamper or bags. Plastic bags shoes do the trick and you can dispose of them afterward.
- Vacuum Thoroughly - run the vacuum cleaner across your mattress. Move on to the bed frame and under your bed and finish with baseboards and headboard. Pay special attention to cracks and crevices - they are bed bugs' favorite hiding spot.
Next thing you should do is wrap the mattress in a bed bug-proof encasements. This way they won't be able to hide and make nests in your mattress.
Last, but not least, spray and scrub all hard surfaces with a disposable rag or brush and use a bed bug spray. Note: read carefully the instructions on the spray to make sure it kills not only bed bugs but their eggs as well.
Also, keep in mind that some of these bed bug products can be hazardous to kids and pets, so choose carefully.
- Let them die of starvation - that's right, beat them in their own game. Even after you have carefully treated your bed, furniture, clothing, and other personal effects bed bugs still may be found in your home.
One, because they are resistant to most over-the-counter pesticides and second - because they hide in places that are hard to reach or treat.
So what can you do? You can cut their access to their source of food - that being you. How - by employing a variety of bed bug traps. They are designed to contain the bed bugs while you sleep.
However, proceed with care. Some of these traps can be harmful to humans because of the excessive amounts of carbon dioxide.
What to Do If You Can't Get Rid of bed Bugs Yourself?
If that's the case, you need to call an experienced pro. They will come and inspect your home to find the infested room or areas and suggest a course of treatment that best fits your circumstances. This way you'll sleep in a bed bug-free home as soon as possible.
And if you decide to call an exterminator, call us because we guarantee our work. If bed bugs reappear withing 30 days of treatment we will perform further treatment at no additional cost.