Oh, bed bugs! We all hate it when we wake up the next day only to find that we have itchy red bites all over our body. Yes, we repeat that again – itchy red bites all over our body! If this is your case, then you definitely have the bed bug infestation. In this article, we are going to share some tips on how you can get rid of bed bugs.
Although it can easily be done, they are notoriously difficult to eradicate. If you are the type who enjoy do-it-yourself, you can always try different methods on how to get rid of them, what to expect while getting rid of bed bugs and what kind of products to use to kill them. We all know that the most expensive and popular way to get rid of them is to hire a professional pest control company.
Tips on Getting Rid of Bed Bugs
The first thing you must do is to check for black spots on your bedding. If you found some, these are the dried bed bug excrement. Once you have found these black spots, you can try searching for mottled brown shells. These shells are shed by them. Sometimes you squashed a bed bug while sleeping when you roll over. So if you found unidentified blood spots, these could be from the squashed bed bugs. Always inspect your bed frame and mattress to see if you can casually find any. Make sure to check all the joints and crevices. Now that you have checked all of the above, if you found some of them, that means you have bed bugs. In order to save your life, proceed to read the rest of this article.
Identify Which Rooms Are Infected By Bed Bugs.
If you want it to be easier to eradicate them, you should start treating your home. The bed bugs will gradually spread from one room to another if they are left untreated! They will crawl through cracks of the wall and doors in search of new sources of food and even latch onto clothes. Yes, that sounds disgusting. If you feel disgusted by that fact alone, you should not postpone the act of getting rid of them in your room. Once you find out the first person who got bitten, identify the bedroom where that person is sleeping and start from there. Do not just limit your search only in bedrooms because they love “hanging out” on the sofa too.
Getting Rid of Bed Bugs in Flats.
If you live in a semi-detached, terrace or flat, you should always inform the landlord, building manager or even your neighbours about the bed bugs. This is due to the nature of bed bugs which love to move around. So the cause of you getting them could be from your neighbours or if you just want to save their lives, you should definitely warn them about it. Who knows, maybe your neighbours have the most effective method on how to get rid of them? Never underestimate the power of telling close people about your problem. After all, we are still living in a community.
Treating a Bedroom from Bed Bugs.
You will need to be methodical and very thorough in tackling them once you have identified which rooms need to be treated. Ensure that you check all cracks and small crevices because they can easily hide in them, it is even harder to detect and treat the eggs.
Some tips on treating a bedroom from bed bugs are, stripping and treating all bedding. This includes the bed sheets, bed skirts, pillow cases, duvet covers and even the mattresses and pillows themselves. The first step on how to get rid of them is always to break down the components of the bed into smaller parts and treating one by one. Then, vacuum the bed springs and mattress thoroughly. Get inside every crevice. Once you are done with the vacuuming part, you will need to discard and remove the vacuum bag in order to prevent them from escaping.
A low toxicity contact spray or the famous Diatomaceous earth (DE) dust is among the most effective insecticides. Aerosol forgers and “bug bombs” usually can’t reach all the small crevices where they usually hide. Before using the dust or contact spray, always make sure you read the instructions carefully. Take any necessary extra safety precautions and if you are doubtful, always test the products on a small area first. When it comes to do-it-yourself to getting rid of bed bugs, you are risking everything by yourself. So always make sure your safety comes first.
Apart from that, we suggest on purchasing a good set of bed bug-proof encasements. These bed bug-proof encasements are specially designed in order to prevent them from getting out of the mattress, bed springs and feeding. Also, it is essential to remove all kinds of non-furniture items from the room which is affected and treat them personally. If you want to get rid of them, you must treat each item in the bedroom as if they are infected. This includes all clothes, toys, books, curtains and any personal items. Any washable items should be washed in the machine and dry cleaned. Make sure you use good quality laundry detergent.
The above steps we shared explained every basic step on how you can get rid of bed bugs at home by yourself. Getting rid of them can be a tough job, but do not worry because every bad thing can come to an end. So even if it seems like it’s not going to get any better soon, just keep the faith and be thorough. However, if your bedroom is still experiencing the “attacks” from bed bugs even after you follow all of the steps above, we highly suggest for you to hire a professional. They are more patient and diligent in getting rid of them. Above all, it is very important to be thorough when it comes to dealing with bed bugs. Just treating the bedding alone won’t guarantee you zero bed bugs in the bedroom. But you must always include every piece of things in the bedroom. This includes your pillows and mattress!