So, how did happen? Did you go on a vacation and bring an infestation home with you? Did your college-age son or daughter accidentally bring bugs back from school? Did you get them from a ride in a taxi or bus? Did you recently find out that the daycare you use found bed bugs, and that it is quite possible that your bugs came from there? There are literally hundreds of ways to get bed bugs. And, there are hundreds of ways to get rid of bed bugs but, a full bed bugs protocols always considers of four major components: cleaning, protection, monitoring, and treatments.
Warning: before you read on, be aware that an improper implementation of the following pest protocols can drive bed bugs deep into your walls. This can prolong your infestation, and make it more difficult to get them without a full heat treatment or fumigation.
When bed bugs appear, the first thing you're going to want to do is put all of your bedding into a plastic bag and carefully put it in the washing machine without allowing any bugs to get out of the bag. Then, dispose of the bag outside. Washing and drying on the hottest temperature kills bed bugs in all stages of development.
You're also going to want to clean your bed. More specifically, you're going to want to steam clean your bed. Steam gets deep into the mattresses and box springs to destroy those bugs. Once you've steamed every inch, it is important to use a HEPA vacuum to suck up any bugs.
Bed bugs don't just live in beds. So, you may need to do the above process on your upholstered furniture as well.
During the bed bug treatment process it is also a good idea to keep your home, and under your bed, clear of clutter. Bed bugs can hide in clutter, which it makes it even more difficult to get rid of them.
After you've gotten your bed and upholstered furniture clean, and hopefully are now bed bug-free, it is important to make sure that your bed, which is the place bed bugs will come to bite you most, is protected from further infestation. Use mattress encasements to keep those bugs out.
Putting bed bug traps under the feet of your bed will help to prevent bites while you sleep, and also give you a way to monitor your infestation. Alone, they do nothing to arrest an infestation, but they are a useful tool as part of a full protocol.
Even if you do all of the above, you can still have bed bugs. These pests can hide under rugs, in electronics, and even in your walls. And, since bed bugs can feed on you even when you're awake, it is often necessary to do targeted insecticide treatments as part of a full protocol. We do not recommend these products because they can be toxic.
The best way to get rid of bed bugs is with heat remediation. When done by a professional, using temperature-controlled heaters, heat sensors, and industrial fans (along with a strict protocol for protecting belongings and pets) heat is the most effective and eco-friendly way to exterminate bed bugs. Heat gets into places chemicals cannot. It radiates through clothing, carpets, furniture, electronics, and other places bed bugs hide. It also gets deep into walls, which are extremely difficult to treat with insecticides.
EFFECTIVE VS INEFFECTIVE
In the battle to get rid of bed bugs, it is less about what treatment option you use to get rid of those bugs and more about how you apply those treatment options. All of the methods listed here are effective at getting rid of bed bugs but, without an education in modern pest control methods and access to safe equipment and control products, they could make the problem worse. Ineffective bed bug treatments have led to prolonged infestations, loss of property, and loss of life. The best and safest option is to hire a professional.
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