Whenever a person deals with bed bug problems, the first thing that comes up in his mind is conducting bed bug treatments. The problem is that there are still a lot of people who are not aware of the things that should be done in order to get rid of these pests. This is also the reason why most of them can’t do anything with regards to conducting bed bug treatments. Today, I will be showing you some of the things that you can do to get rid of these pests for good. Reading this article will give you a clear idea of the things that should be done in order to have peace of mind while inside your home.
The first step is to actually detect if there are any bed bugs within your home. To do this you must first know what a bed bug looks like. In general bed bugs are thought to be brown in color and can grow to be up to half an inch in length. They hide in the smallest of areas, and in hard to reach areas such as crevices. You can usually detect if you have bed bugs if you are actually experiencing symptoms of itchy skin or red or white spots on your body from being bitten. This is not a tell tale sign of bed bugs alone as there are other insects that do bite, such as mosquitoes, but unlike bed bugs you can clearly see mosquitoes, therefore if no mosquitoes are seen there is a good chance you have bed bugs. Check your mattress, chairs for any shed skin and focus primarily in your bedroom or the most lived in areas of your home.
Once you’ve identified that you indeed have bed bugs, the next step is to narrow your search further. Remove all the sheets from your bed, the comforters and thoroughly clean them, washing them in hot water. The hotter the temperature, the better the chance of killing the bed bugs that may have attached themselves to the sheets or comforter.
Step 3 is preparation. You will want to go through your home and throw away any items you no longer want or use. The more clutter you have, the more places they have to hide. Remove all clutter from the floor.
Steam vacuuming the sofa and mattress and other areas that you suspect the bed bugs maybe located. This can aid in eradicating the bed bugs. It is very important to completely discard the bags within the vacuum immediately into the thrash bin outside of your home to ensure you do not give the bed bugs an opportunity to re-enter your home.
Remove all bedding, clothing etc. and place these in sealed plastic bags as well. Launder everything at as high a temperature as possible. Items which cannot be laundered should be placed in your tumble dryer on a high heat setting for approximately 10 minutes. As an alternative you may want to use a steam cleaner to get rid of these pests in items unsuited to laundering or tumble drying. Once garments have been treated place them in fresh plastic bags, seal them securely to avoid recontamination. REMEMBER – you will have to search and treat drawers, closets etc. because these bugs will hide out anywhere.
Rubbing alcohol contains approximately 70 percent by volume of pure, concentrated ethanol (ethyl alcohol) or isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol). It is a flammable liquid so you should use it with caution. You can put some rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and apply them at places where they are prone to hide. You can follow up the application with the scraper treatment to dislodge any bed bug eggs along the way just like the vacuuming process mentioned above. The alcohol will kill these critters, including its eggs, on contact.
Put on a bed bug mattress cover. After the spray dries, you will want to put on a protective cover over your mattress, box spring and pillows. The protective cover will trap any bed bugs that are still alive and will protect your mattress from being vulnerable to new bed bugs hiding there. This is a huge step in preventing another infestation to break out.
Apply the same treatment process to all the other rooms in your home. These pests rarely remain in the bedroom. As the infestation grows, they will spread to other areas of your home. One area you will most likely find them hiding is in your couch. These nocturnal insects hide during the day and feed at night. When they are hiding, they usually hide close to where humans spend most of their time. You will find them in couches, chairs and other furniture.
Once the room is completely clear, vacuum everywhere in a methodical, thorough manner this has to include the bed, soft furnishings, curtains, inside furniture, even weird places like smoke alarms, light switches and alarm clocks must checked. It is vital that you empty the contents of your vacuum cleaner into a plastic bag and seal it closed immediately you complete this part of the task.
Use of Pesticides – The use of special solutions is probably the most common way to kill bed bugs. All it takes is spraying to get this done. But then, you should make sure to use a safe product for this. There are now green solutions that can sure make the elimination of the pests effective.