The thought of a bed bug infestation in the home is enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. But, it is not something you can ignore and hope that it just goes away on its own. You must be proactive and make a concerted effort to manage the situation and get rid of the bugs before they become a bigger problem. So, instead of fretting about the situation, follow these tips to manage a bed bug infestation.
Do Not Treat the Problem with Spray-Can Pesticides
Reaching for a can of commercially-bought bug spray is not a good option for combating bed bugs. Using a spray is only partially-effective and may do more harm than good.
Reduce the Number of Places Bed Bugs can Hide
Bed bugs can hide in small spaces without notice. Then they lay their eggs, and the problem starts to exacerbate. So, reducing the number of places bed bugs can hide by decreasing the amount of clutter in your house will greatly help to manage the problem. If the bed bugs are confined to your mattress, use special bed bug covers on the mattress and box spring to keep them away from you while you’re sleeping. For the best results, these encasings should be kept on your bed for a full year.
Wash and Heat-Dry
Keeping your bed clothes clean is an easy way to keep bed bugs at bay. But, you must go beyond simply washing your sheets. Clean your pillow cases, blankets and bedspreads often, and dry them on a high-heat setting. Also, don’t forget to launder any clothing that has touched the floor.
A quick and effective way to get rid of bed bugs is to capture and contain them in a vacuum cleaner. Run the vacuum cleaner over the crevices around your baseboards, electronic items, and any other viable hiding places, like dressers, beds and couches. Empty the contents of the canister into a sealable bag or throw away the vacuum bag right away. Kill any bed bugs that remain on the vacuum cleaner immediately.
Heat can kill bed bugs quickly. You can use steam to treat the affected area, but you must be extremely careful, as steam can burn you just as easily as hot water can. You can also use a dry-heat method, but that must be conducted by an experienced professional.
Call a Professional
Often, the best way to combat a bed bug infestation is by calling in a professional to get the job done right. Calling in a professional can ensure the job is done right and reduces the likelihood of making a mistake or getting harmed in the process.
If you need help managing your bed bug infestation or if you want to prevent them from invading your home, call Lethal Pest Solutions today. We will get the job done right for you the first time.