Bed bugs are tough to extinguish when they infest your home. Your best chance of bed bug extermination is to do your part by cooperating with the pest control company.The following tips will help you get rid of bed bugs quickly
One of the most important steps is to prepare your home for bed bug treatment. It is tiresome but essential for winning the battle with a bed bug infestation.
The extent of your preparation depends on how broad the infestation has already spread out.
Your prep could vary from limited to comprehensive. Regarding preparation requirements, pest control companies have established methods, depending on their treatment technique.
Some want you to move furniture and strip the beds before they arrive. Others prefer to inspect your place first and then perform those tasks themselves.
This step is critical: During or before treatment, don’t move any of your belongings, unless you are 100% certain that they are bedbug-free. Move as few items as possible and have them checked for bed bugs. You might spread bed bugs to your storage place or your car. Sadly, this is the easiest way to re-infest your home after it has been treated.
All your belongings on the floor and beneath the beds must be removed to eliminate those additional places for bed bugs to hide.
Provide easy access to closets, walls, and areas around big pieces of furniture to allow for an accurate inspection and treatment.
Garments, bedding, clothing, toys, shoes, backpacks, etc., need to be placed in a tumble dryer for a minimum of 30 minutes on the hottest setting. Hot dryer treatment instead of hot washing will kill all bed bug life stages more successfully.
Warning: Double bag all bed bug-free items immediately and keep them in closed garbage bags or plastic boxes for avoid re-infestation.
Most garments made from cotton, wool, silk, linen, rayon, nylon, indicated as ‘dry-clean only’ will be Ok, but they must be dry before being placed in a clothes dryer. (According to textile experts from Dry-cleaning & Laundry Institute, Laurel, MD)
Warning: Don’t allow your bedding or kids toys to be treated with insecticides!
Industrial dry-cleaning procedures also kill bed bugs. You should tell them about the bed bugs. That way, they will take care when sorting and tagging your items and will avoid the risk for themselves and consequent infestation of your things.
If some items cannot be placed in a dryer, wrap them in a plastic garbage bag and put them outdoors in a hot, sunny location for at least a day. Pack them loosely and elevate the objects off the ground. Monitor with a thermometer that a temperature of at least 120°F is reached wherever the bugs may be hiding.
Keep all dry-cleaned items separate from others that may be infested. Do not unpack in any rooms or areas until the bed bugs have been successfully eliminated.
A few years ago, people believed that bed bugs would die for two weeks at temperatures below 32°F. It could be true, but some victims observed, that after a few weeks in freezing temperatures, they were still alive. Let’s remember, that bed bugs in Alaska feel at home!
As of 2018, heating is the best option to kill them.
Pest control companies can achieve lethal temperatures with additional heaters using professional equipment.
Most furnishings will be safe from the treatment. In case of heavily infested and in poor condition beds, recliners or sofas, where bugs and eggs remain in hard-to-reach places, bed bug exterminator can recommend them to be discarded.
Infested items need to be bagged or wrapped to prevents bed bugs from escaping and spreading around.
The most economical option for the bed is to use bed bug mattress encasement. Encase both the mattress and box spring in a protective cover. Many companies offer bed bug encasement specially designed for protection against bedbugs.
Higher quality ones are more durable and comfortable to sleep on. Once the bed bug encasement is installed and zipped shut, any bugs inside eventually will die. They are thick enough so trapped bedbugs cannot bite through it and have tight zippers that the bugs cannot escape through.
Bed bug encasement also helps protect the newly purchased bed and make it easier to spot and destroy any bugs remaining on the surface during the following examination.
Bed bug mattress encasement is an economical alternative to discarding infested beds, but they will not keep bedbugs from creeping onto a bed and biting you.
Repeated bed bug vacuum on floors and other surfaces rarely reach bed bug’s hiding spots and won’t help you get rid of bed bugs yourself. Targeted vacuuming of infested mattresses, beds, and sofas can help remove some of the bugs and eggs before other treatment measures begin.
Vacuuming usually is not as successful as other essential preparations. Hiding bed bugs and their eggs are tricky to eradicate.
For best results, move and scrape with the end of the suction wand infested areas such as the edge of a wall-to-wall carpet, seams and fabric folds of beds, and sofas.
Bed bug vacuum couches, recliners, chairs, and any soft furnishing before the treatment. Bedbugs are often found inside. Turn the furniture over or on its side or back and vacuum very thoroughly underneath. Pull the dust cover attached to the underside, and vacuum areas that will need to be treated.
Yes, they can. Bed bugs can survive in the vacuum cleaner, so it’s crucial to carefully dispose of the vacuum contents in a sealed trash bag afterward.
Use the cut-off end of a nylon stocking and a rubber band. Insert the stocking toe first into the end of the vacuum suction wand. Leave the opening pointing out of the end of the suction wand. Fold the stocking opening back over the end of the wand and secure it with the rubber band.
When the vacuum is turned on and the bed bugs are sucked into the tube, they will be trapped in the stocking. Carefully remove the rubber band and retrieve the bug-filled stocking. Secure the end of the stocking with the rubber band. Place the vacuum bag and stocking into a plastic bag before disposing of it.
Some bed bug exterminators employ commercial steamers or spot-freezing equipment. They use it to treat all areas where bed bugs are found or suspected. The hit or freeze will kill bugs and eggs on contact.
Neither method provides lasting protection against bed bugs which may have been missed. Steaming and spot-freezing equipment also has limited ability to penetrate the fabric, wood, and other materials where bed bugs often occupy.
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