Bed bugs can be troublesome pests to get rid of, especially once they've established a nest or multiple nests in your home. Pesticides are not always the best option and can, in fact, be completely ineffective. Bed bugs can make a mess of your home and can even potentially be a heath risk, so it's a good idea to stop an infestation before it gets any worse. One question remains: What's the best way to get rid of them? Here are three tips:
1. Keep the Area Clean
The best way to get rid of bed bugs and ensure they don't return is to give the infested area a thorough cleaning and keep the area clean. Get rid of any clutter in the infested area and in any bedrooms. Bed bugs tend to target the bedrooms. Move your beds away from any walls, windows, or furniture to deter bed bugs from going toward the bed if you do happen to get a couple indoors.
Vacuum your house thoroughly. Pay special attention to the infested area. You should vacuum daily while infested. Eventually, the insects will die and your carpet will be clean from eggs. Make sure to vacuum mattresses and box springs using an attachment hose and include the sides of both the mattress and box spring. Also make sure to empty out the vacuum bag after every vacuuming and dispose of the bag in an outside garbage can.
2. Wash All Bedding
All of your bedding and linens need to be washed completely if they've come into contact with the infested area. This includes blankets, sheets, pillow cases, and bed skirts. After washing, make sure to put all linens in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes. If you want to ensure that the bed bugs won't return, it's a good idea to use a plastic mattress cover that zips completely up to protect your mattress from future infestations.
3. Seal Cracks that Allow Home Entry
Bed bugs enter your house the same way most insects gain entry to buildings--through cracks and crevices in your walls. The most common areas where these crevices are found include outdoor electrical sockets and areas where wires come into the house. Seal up these cracks and crevices with glue or epoxy. Unused electrical plates should be covered with plastic/metal plating.
With the above tips, you can rid your house of bed bugs once and for all. Remember that the war against pests consists of two steps. One step gets rid of the initial infestation while the second ensures the pests will never come back for seconds. For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Garrie Pest Control or a similar company.