Bedbug infestation is the very last thing anyone would want to deal with. They are not only a nuisance but also quite hard to control, especially if they resurface. Unlike popular belief, bedbugs aren’t in any way related to one’s housekeeping skills or cleanliness. These little bugs will be comfortable in a clean and/or dirty home for as long as they can get the blood (animal or human) and a place to hide. Areas with high human traffic, including restaurants, hotels, etc., are the most common target for bedbugs. The bugs will hitch a hike on your clothes, furniture, or even car, finding refuge in your home or store before finding their way into your bedroom and wardrobe.
Attempting to get rid of bedbugs by yourself can be a painstaking process, sometimes almost impossible. For this reason, looking for a reliable and experienced exterminator is highly advisable to help get rid of these nasty pests for good. Exterminators are best trained to handle various types of pests, exterminate, and flush them from the house or business premises.
As mentioned before, bedbugs live off of animal or human blood. They commonly feed at night, especially at the wee hours of the night when everyone is asleep, then retreat into hiding when daylight sets in. Although painless, bedbug bites often are itchy, red, and inflamed after some time, a reason most people only notice after waking up. Detecting bedbug infestation is also relatively easy. You only need to look for dark brown stains and lumps inside the mattress and bedding seams. The stains often have a distinctive foul smell. Here are some ways you can completely get rid of bed bugs from your home or business.
Complete And Intensive Cleaning
Bed bugs love to hide inside fabrics, clothes, and anything fibrous. It would be best if you thus started by checking in rugs, couches, carpets, dressers, curtains, bedding, and pet beds, in and under the mattress. It is also common for bugs to hide between floorboards, furniture, baseboards, televisions, hi-fi, and smoke detectors. That said, you should identify all the possible hiding spots for bedbugs before embarking on a cleaning spree for effective and comprehensive cleaning. With mattresses the most commonly infested, this is the first/safest place to look or start. While it might be possible to clean and get rid of bedbugs from the mattress, only mattresses with no tears, rips, or holes can be salvaged. This is because removing bugs inside the mattress fibres and seams would be almost impossible. If replacing the mattress is out of the question, a completely sealed mattress cover can suffice. The mattress cover would only be a short-term solution before investing in a new one. This is because bedbugs can live up to a year without feeding, which makes controlling them a nightmare. Cleaning every inch of the house is the very first step to controlling an infestation.
If you come across traces of bedbug infestation, it is time to employ elimination techniques for the same. Luckily, there are numerous ways and techniques of eliminating these pests. Pesticides often come in spray and powder forms, with aerosol the most preferred and common method. Use pesticide powders under couch cushions, mattresses, and carpets. Most of these powders are contact poison that kills the bugs and their eggs on contact. Aerosol sprays are recommended for hard-to-reach areas, such as box springs and cracks in furniture. With the market already flooded with different types of pesticides, it is advisable to shop around for the safest one to use in your home. This is especially important if you have kids and pets around. Some of the most effective pesticides will kill any bugs they come in contact with, a reason you should vacuum the infested areas with a powerful vacuum within hours or days after spraying or dusting.
Wash Items at High Temperatures (at least 120F)
Any fabrics and other items can be washed in hot water (at least 120F) to eliminate any adult bugs and their eggs. Some of the items you can wash in hot water include curtains, clothing, bedding, and rugs. Non-porous or hard surfaces should be cleaned with hot water, especially plastic toys and tiled floors. For items that cannot be washed in hot water but can be heated safely, you can put them in a plastic bag and place them under direct sun for several hours. The hot temperature will help kill the eggs and bugs. Freezing might also be an option too. You, however, should freeze the exposed items for a few days to kill all the bugs and make eggs unviable.
This is one of the most effective natural methods of eliminating bedbugs. It is especially recommended in areas where harsh chemicals cannot be used or are unavailable. The hot steam kills bugs and eggs instantly. You, however, must vacuum and clean the house afterwards to remove the dead bugs and debris. Steaming, however, requires an effective professional steamer for the best results. Renting one is a viable option, especially if you aren’t ready to purchase one yet. Many professional cleaners will have some of this equipment in their possession. You could rent one out from them or ask them to help with the same. It is also worth noting that steam is quite dangerous, a reason you need to understand how to use the equipment to avoid severe burns.
If none of the methods mentioned above doesn’t seem to solve your bedbug problem, it is time to seek the services of a professional exterminator. While the exterminator might be able to eliminate these pests, you still need to be responsible for preventing re-infestation. This means identifying the source of the bugs to know how to prevent them from gaining access to your home.