Bed bugs are annoying. For the uninitiated they’re tiny insects that feed on human blood. They’re most active at night, but you’ll often find their droppings and eggs in your bedding during the day. Not only do these pests bite, but they can also cause a skin condition called “delayed hypersensitivity,” which is characterized by itching and swelling up to several weeks after an initial bite—and this isn’t just a problem for the person being bitten! Bed bugs can spread disease from one infected person’s home to another. So if you have them, it’s time to get rid of those little suckers through pest control ASAP!
Wash or dry clean any infested clothes and bedding
- Wash or dry clean any infested clothes and bedding.
- If you have access to a commercial dry cleaner, take items there for cleaning. Be sure they know the potential infestation in your clothes and let them know what you’ve found. The cleaning process will kill bed bugs (and their eggs) on contact, which is an important step in getting rid of them for good!
Use an insecticide spray or powder
You can also hire a professional pest control company to spray or dust your home with insecticides. This is often the best option when dealing with bed bugs, as they have special treatments that can be more effective than over-the-counter sprays or dust. However, these treatments are not guaranteed to kill all of the bed bugs in your home, so you may still need to take additional steps to eliminate them from your life.
Use bug bombs
You can find these in most hardware stores, and they’re easy to use: just spray the pesticide outside your house in all the cracks and crevices where bed bugs like to hide. Ensure you read the instructions carefully first; some pesticides are only meant for indoor use, while others require you to leave home during application.
A heat treatment, or thermal remediation, eliminates bed bugs by exposing them to extreme temperatures. The treatment can be performed on all infested areas of your home, including furniture and belongings in closets or drawers.
- A clothes dryer set at its highest temperature setting (if you’re using one.
- A portable heater that you’ve purchased specifically for this purpose (if you’re using one).
Throw out any old furniture
As you move through the house, throw out any old furniture. This includes both your mattress and box spring. It should also be tossed if you have a sofa or chair over five years old. You may need to take this further: if any items in your home have been in storage for over two years, get rid of them too!
If you have children’s toys that they haven’t played with in over six months, they should also go. Even if they seem in good condition, it’s best not to take any chances when dealing with bed bugs. A pest control professional can help determine whether or not an item has been infested by checking for droppings and other signs of activity at its base, along those same lines.
Acting fast if you have bed bugs in your home is best. While these creatures are not dangerous, they can cause stress and discomfort if left untreated. For example, call an exterminator immediately if you suspect you have bedbugs in your home.