Treating and Controlling Bed Bugs

Controlling Bed Bugs

Treating and Controlling Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are one of the most annoying pests that plague humans. They are so tiny that they are difficult to see, but the bed bugs are persistent in biting your skin and feeding on your blood. The bites themselves can leave behind irritated skin and specks of blood on your bedding and sheets.

Proper Treating and Controlling Bed Bugs

There are a number of treatments that you can use to rid your bedroom of bed bugs. However, you must keep in mind that using poisons actually has little to no effect since they only consume blood. Still, there are simple, natural ways to get rid of these pests.

Wash Bedding & Clean the Carpets: You’ll want to remove all the bedding and properly vacuum the carpets which probably will not get rid of the bugs, but it is a start so that you can see if the bugs have been eliminated. Be sure to brush the mattress as well as vacuum it to get rid of the eggs left by the bed bugs to keep them from multiplying.

Heat: Heat is one of the most common treatments used in eliminating bed bugs. Basically, the mattress and box springs are heated which in turn kills the bugs. This is a very effective method, but you may need professional equipment.

Seal the Mattress: One of the simplest and most effective means to control the bed bugs is to seal the mattress with a plastic bed sheet. This should be placed directly over the mattress and under your bedding as it will prevent the bugs from crawling up through the mattress to get to you. Since bed bugs may live for up to a year before dying, that is how long you will have to leave the plastic on your mattress.

Controlling Future Infestations

If there is one advantage that people have in controlling bed bugs, it is that they can only enter the home in one manner and that is by being carried with your luggage or by other people. Bed bugs cannot survive for long out in the elements, so the only way they can get into your home is by being carried in your belongings that were exposed at another infestation or by other people who come into your home.

While this may sound simple to stop, you’ll have to take a few precautions to ensure that you can prevent an infestation from occurring.
Keep your Luggage Away from Walls & Bed: If you are travelling, you might stay in a place where bed bugs are present. Be sure to keep your luggage off the ground and away from your bed. Wash your clothes if possible before leaving the hotel or put your dirty clothes in a sealed bag.

Clean Up After Guests: If someone else is staying with you, be sure to clean up their room as soon as possible to destroy any bed bug infestation before it occurs.
By taking a few steps, you can keep bed bugs from entering your home. Plus, be sure to react quickly once the first signs of bed bugs are present.

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