Guidelines On How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
As soon as you spot
signs that there's bed bugs in your room, it's very important that you spring
into action right away.
You can find some effective
tips below on how to get rid of bed bugs and prevent them from ruining your
Using a flashlight and magnifying glass, look for places where they
could be hiding. In spite of what they're called, they're capable of nesting in
other places than your bed. Such places include beneath the carpet, behind the
drapes, in tight furniture corners, cracks in the floor and wall, etc. A
suspected nesting place should be immediately sprayed with bleach or isopropyl
alcohol, using a convenient spray bottle.
After looking for potential
hiding places, it will help a lot if you can reduce spots where they may nest. A
way to do so is by getting rid of clutter. Take the things that aren't supposed
to be there and seal them tightly in plastic bags. Never attempt to just drag
them to another room because this will spread the bugs. Fill cracks in the floor
and wall with caulk.
Your linens, clothes, curtains and other items out
of textile should also be sealed in plastic bags. Take them to the laundry room,
and stash them in the washing machine and use hot water. These creepy crawlers
can't stand heat. Later on, transfer them to the dryer and place at the highest
setting that's safe for the textile. Or you may hang them under direct sunlight.
Afterwards, place them back in new plastic bags.
Use your vacuum cleaner
on your mattress, box spring, pillows, carpet and upholstered furniture. Start
from the top of the room, going to the bottom. Using a brush attachment, go over
surfaces and corners thoroughly, and pay extra attention to places that are hard
to reach. The vacuum bag should be sealed inside a plastic bag, then discard
The vacuum cleaner may have missed some adults and their eggs.
Because of this, you should also use your
portable steam cleaner. Have it at the highest
setting as steam easily loses much of its temperature when it gets to those
potential nesting areas. Attach a wide nozzle and go over surfaces and corners
slowly. If you also have a dry vapor cleaner, that's the best one to use on
mattress, box spring and upholstered furniture.
Afterwards, cover the
mattress, pillows and box spring in
mattress covers. This will trap any insect
inside until they die of hunger as they won't be able to feed on your blood.
Doing so will also keep those in other places from hiding in your mattress and
Repeat the cleaning, laundering, vacuuming and steaming for
a number of times in a week until telltale signs of their presence have gone.
Prevent re-infestation by keeping your home clean and clutter-free. But if the
infestation is obviously beyond your control, make sure to contact professional
exterminators immediately. They know how to get rid of bed bugs in the right
manner, based on the level of infestation present.
Look for someone
who has been doing it for a long time. Everybody and their
mother is claiming to be an expert in bed bug pest control now days. Get