Bed bugs are some of the scariest little beings you could ever come across in your house. Their irritating bites that result in a red rash on their victim’s skin have earned them a place on the list of dreaded pest. From my personal experience, these little blood-thirsty insects can be your biggest nightmare in your own home.
It is pretty hard to spot a bed bug in your home. This is because they are really small and move quite fast across surfaces. Its easier to spot them on brightly coloured surfaces such as white sheets. They don’t have a tendency of crawling out in the open in well lit conditions. But its still possible to spot one or two.
So what do you do if you spot one of them? If you spot one, there is a high likelihood that there are more hiding in the nooks and crannies of your house. You better formulate a plan to eradicate them as soon as you can. You should know that bedbugs reproduce and multiply at a very high rate. If you don’t take quick measures against them, you are going to have a crisis in your hands.
If you have no idea on what steps to take, worry no more. This article has got you covered. Here is a simple guide on what you need to do:
Don’t panic and just start throwing your stuff out. You need to find out where exactly the bed bugs are clustered. They could be in your bedding, dress closet, your couches or the carpet. Once you know what part of your house is highly infested, it becomes a lot more easier for you to eradicate them.
Check your bed and clothes thoroughly. Bed bus are more likely to be more concentrated in such spots where they can easily access their host’s blood. Look out for multiple tiny blood stains on your sheets and clothes. They could be as a result of bites from the little bugs. Now its time to figure out how to get rid of them.
Be ready to do a lot of laundry. Wash and dry every piece of cloth that is infested by bed bugs. Use warm water with a strong scented detergent. The smell of detergents keeps bedbugs away. Take you mattress out and vacuum clean it. Let it air outside in the sun for about a day.
It is a bit difficult to deal with bed bugs if they have infested your living room. Cleaning cushioned seats is a harder than cleaning your bedding. If it is possible to take the covers off your couches, do so. You can wash the fabric separately and hang it out to dry.
You might require professional cleaning services to clean your seat cushions. Have your carpet vacuumed and cleaned as well. Hiring cleaning services maybe expensive. However, its definitely a small price to pay as compared to the discomfort that comes along with a bedbug infestation.
I am not talking about every piece of furniture in your beautiful home. You only need to dismantle infested beds and pull out all the drawers that are likely to harbour the little beasts. Why exactly do you have to do this?
Bed bugs lay their eggs on rough hidden surfaces. This is why you need to check the edges of your drawers and the frame joints of your bed. You are likely to find a black coating or black spots on these areas. The black sports are the bedbug eggs. Look out for the same on the corners of your mattress and cushions. Apply a pesticide on the eggs and then scrap or wash them off.
If your house is stuffy, the is a high chance of having bed bugs and other pests. Take out any furniture and old clothes that you don’t use. You can keep them in your garage or dispose them. Stored items create a habitat for various pests including bedbugs.
Shop for an effective anti-pest disinfectant. You can ask for advice from a professional cleaning agency. Powder disinfectants are suitable for outdoors and rooms such as stores and the garage. I would recommend a liquid disinfectant spray for the interior parts of the house.
Disinfect all surfaces and especially those that the bed bus had previously laid eggs on. Make sure you spray your closets and drawers before you restore your items in them. Use a scentless disinfectant for your bed frames before assembling the bed and putting the mattress back on it.
It is not easy to get rid of bed bugs in a single day. You have to check fr them as often as you can and disinfect your house regularly. That is pretty much the most crucial way of eradicating the bugs.
To add on that, maintain a generally clean house. Mop your floors regularly and change you bedding. Do not let your pile of dirty clothes sit for to long. Do your laundry often and take out the trash everyday. Avoid too much clutter in your house and ensure your house is well ventilated and lit. Don’t let the bugs bite!