How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
So you’re experiencing a bed bug infestation…yes, that is disgusting, a little scary, and will likely give you the shivers, especially knowing how well they reproduce when their host, aka you, has fed them well. The only relatively good news is that bed bugs do not have serious negative effects on the health of most people they bite, although there are those that can experience severe allergic reactions. In most people, the effects are limited to small, itchy bumps on the skin that bled a drop or two after the bite. Still, no normal person wants to share their bed with pesky little bloodsuckers whose numbers continue to grow with each passing day. Here are a few things you can do to get rid of bed bugs:
- Find their hiding places
- Eliminate them using or or more methods to ensure effectiveness
- Hire a professional exterminator
Getting rid of bed bugs is not an easy task, even for a professional, experienced exterminator. Bed bugs are small, flat, and usually come out only at night, when it’s almost impossible to actually see one. At the early stages of infestation, finding their hiding place can be quite difficult, so it is very important to be patient and very precise.
The first thing that you have to do is find out where they’re hiding.
Be bugs like dark, cozy places, so you should really take your bed right apart to find them?racks an crevices in the bed frame as well as mattress seams are a good place to start looking. There are also often little dark-colored stains where they reside caused by their droppings. Examine everything you possibly can, using a flashlight if necessary to check everywhere.
Follow an IPM (integrated pest management) approach.
Basically what this means is that you’ll have to employ a few different methods if you want to eliminates the bed bugs entirely. As they are extremely stubborn, it often takes a combination of sanitation and chemicals to get them out entirely. All of the bedding and anything else that might be infested, such as clothes, etc., needs to be washed in extremely hot water, and then tumble dry on hot as well, as steam kills bedbugs. In some cases, mattresses and box springs will simply need to be discarded. Vacuum your house as thoroughly as you can, and then throw out the vacuum bag. Use insecticides (pyrethroids seem to work well here) on all of the cracks and crevices where the bed bugs seem to spend a lot of time.
You may just want to hire a professional exterminator.
There are some things best left to the professionals, and this just might be one of them. Exterminating any kind of insect is a lot of work that might end up amounting to nothing if you miss a few and then they start reproducing again. When enlisting the services of a professional however, don’t forget to insist on some sort or guarantee or warrantee, so just in case it doesn’t work, you won’t have to pay more money for the same service again.
The most important thing on how to get rid of bed bugs is to remember to be patient, scrupulous and methodical in order to ensure your hard work pays off.