The bed bug is a diehard pest that is notorious for re-infestation. Moreover, it is easy to misidentify other bugs as bed bugs.
Learning how to get rid of bed bugs requires a great deal of time, patience, and commitment. While the measures below may certainly help reduce pests, the only way to guarantee total elimination of bed bugs is to consult a licensed professional exterminator who is experienced with bed bugs specifically.
Eliminating bed bugs with good housekeeping practices
Keep in mind that bed bugs feast on blood while you are asleep. Therefore, you should focus your efforts on bedrooms and any other areas of your home (living room, basement, attic) where people sleep.
- Wash all bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in very hot water. Run these items through your dryer at very high heat.
- Shoes, plush toys, and other items that cannot be washed should be run through the dryer at high heat for at least 30 minutes.
- Use a stiff brush to scrub your mattress seams, and then vacuum the mattress thoroughly. Immediately remove your vacuum cleaner bag, seal it in a plastic bag, and throw both away in an outdoor garbage can.
- If your mattress is infested, you may prefer to throw it away and invest in a new mattress. Be sure to have your entire home treated for bed bugs before replacing the mattress. Otherwise, you have simply supplied the bugs with an upscale new living space.
- Encase new or clean mattresses and box springs with tightly woven, zippered covers. Bed bugs can live for up to a year without feeding, so keep the cover on your mattress for at least a year to make sure all bugs are dead.
Bed bugs are not necessarily a sign of uncleanliness, but you can take steps to make your home less inviting for these pests. The tips above are best used as a supplement to professional bed bug treatment.
How to get rid of bed bugs with home remedies
Natural remedies for health and home are very popular. Unfortunately, there are some life situations in which lay approaches not only are ineffective but also can be dangerous. Bed bugs can resist industrial chemicals if those chemicals are not applied correctly. We strongly advise that you call a professional bed bug exterminator before making any attempts at attempting any bed bug treatment
How to get rid of bed bugs with chemicals
Central Ohio Bug Extermination advises you not to attempt to kill bed bugs with insecticides on your own. Bed bug chemical treatment is challenging and requires a great deal of time and expertise. In this state, pest control technicians must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. You can see that the application of chemicals to a bed bug condition is quite serious.
While it may be tempting to use foggers and other treatments available in retail stores, know that your odds of successfully killing bed bugs yourself are slim to none. In the meantime, the situation will only deteriorate. You run the risk of harming your belongings or, much worse, your health or the health of others.
Always call a professional exterminator whether you suspect or are sure of a bed bug infestation.