Bed bugs are tiny insects that feed on human blood. They are often found crawling around on the bed or nearby. These pesky bugs can ruin your sleep easily. Rather than paying thousands of dollars to get rid of bedbugs, you can try the following easy steps:
Stop The Biting
Bed Bugs need to feed on human blood so that they can breed. By stopping their access to human blood, you are also stopping their ability to reproduce. As soon as you notice that you have bed bugs, it is time to spring into action and make sure that you do not allow the bedbugs to bite you anymore.
Focus On The Bedbugs in Your Mattress
Bedbugs are often on mattresses since it offers them easy access to human blood during the night when they are most active. You need to kill all the bedbugs in your mattress to get rid of these pesky critters. This involves stripping your bed of all pillowcases, sheets and any other bedding linen that you use. You need to place the removed materials into large plastic garbage bags and then seal it to prevent the bedbugs from attempting a great escape.
The next step involves taking these plastic bags straight to the washing machine and washing the bed linen in the highest hot water setting in your washing machine. Then you need to dry them on the highest heat setting. This heat treatment is guaranteed to kill any bedbugs or their eggs that are hidden in your bedding.
Vacuum the Mattress
While the laundry cycle is running, it is time to pick up the vacuum cleaner and go all out on the bedbugs, fecal droppings, shells or eggs that are hidden along the seams of your box spring, mattress and pillow. You will also need to vacuum along the cracks and crevices in the headboard, bed frame and footboard. According to the article here, https://www.custombedbug.com/blog/how-to-get-rid-of-a-bed-bug-infestation/, it is a good idea to follow up your vacuuming with a high-pressure steamer. This will penetrate deep inside the box spring, mattress, bed frames, footboard and headboard and kill any bedbugs or eggs that have remained elusive to the treatment.
After the mattress and box springs have dried, you need to place them in sealed bed bug encasements. This will prevent bedbugs from escaping. You will need to leave the encasing on for at least 18 months to make sure that there are no more surviving bedbugs. You can place the encased mattress on the bed and put the freshly laundered bed linen on the bed.
Spray the Surrounding Areas
As the mattress dries, you need to spray down the joints of the headboard, bed frame and foot frame with a residual spray and contact spray. The residual spray kills bedbugs over several weeks while the contact spray kills bedbugs immediately.
Keep Your Bed Bite-Proof
Once you have laundered your bed linens and encased your mattress, it is time to make sure that no new bedbugs find their way to your bed. This involves moving your bed away from the wall, furniture or nightstands. Make sure that the bed linen is tucked in well to prevent any bedbugs from getting easy access to your bed. You can find products that are placed on the legs of the bed to prevent bedbugs from climbing up them. Once the bedbugs don’t have any access to your bed, they also do not have any access to your blood. They will slowly die away, allowing you to start treating the rest of the room.
Treating The Room
Bedbugs have the ability to hide in any tiny spaces like wood cracks, inside furniture, books, along the edges of the carpet, baseboards and so on. In order to completely eradicate bedbugs from your home, you need to clean, vacuum and finally steam the likely hiding places. This will make it difficult for the bedbug population to survive. In order to begin treating your room, you need to reduce clutter. Pick up things like books, clothes or any other personal belongings from the floor. Place them inside sealed garbage bags and keep them in the garage or away from the room. Every piece of clothing that is in the room needs to be put through a washing cycle on high heat. The next step involves vacuuming and steaming along the window sills, baseboards, and the edge of the carpet if you have one.
Once you are done vacuuming, the vacuum bag needs to be discarded immediately. The steamer is then issued to treat furniture, sofas, chairs, and cabinets. You need to move the nozzle slowly so that all bedbugs and their eggs are killed. Professional pest exterminators often have the equipment to treat your furniture to make sure that no bedbugs remain alive after the process. You also need to place all items that cannot be laundered or steamed inside portable bedbug heaters. This prevents them from finding any hiding spots in the room.
Clear the Nooks & Crevices
Once you have treated the room, you need to get around to setting up a line of defense against any eggs that might be hatching in the coming weeks. This involves using contact and residual spray. You can also use residual powder for added potency. The contact sprays as mentioned earlier kill the bedbugs as soon as they come into contact with them, whereas the residual spray lingers around and offers a more long-lasting protection gains bedbugs and eggs.
These sprays need to be used in cracks and crevices where you normally would not be able to reach. For additional protection, you can use residual powder inside wall voids, deep cracks, electrical outlets, light switches, etc. This is often done by professionals to ensure that the bedbugs do not come back. In order to ensure that you kill the entire bedbug population, you need to reapply the sprays after two weeks and then repeat the procedure again after two more weeks. A total of three applications will make sure that any eggs that have hatched do not get a chance to survive.
Eliminating bedbugs is not exactly an easy or pleasant experience. You will need to remain vigilant and constant to make sure that they do not find their way back to your home. With the above tips, you will be able to ensure that your home becomes bedbug-free.