Bed Bugs 101: What Should I Do With My Bed

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Bed bugs are small pests that can make your life a living hell. It is next to impossible to figure out from where these nasty pests make an entry into the house. Once they are in, these bed bugs get cozy in your bedding. They bite and can also be seen crawling on the surface of the bed. The moment you see one, make sure to kill it right away. This is also indicative of the fact that there are more bed bugs in your home and you must get rid of them at the earliest, lest you have an infestation you cannot deal with. Many people suggest replacing the furniture or mattress to get rid of the problem. But, this can be an expensive affair. If you are struggling with a bed bug infestation, simply call in pest control professionals, or use these simple tips to combat with the pests yourself.

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Hunt them down

If you are looking for complete bed bug removal, it is important that you hunt down the nest of these pests. These bugs might be hiding within cracks in the wooden frames of the bed, deep inside furniture, inside the pages of books, along carpet edges, along the baseboards and so on. Cleaning, vacuuming, and steaming are some of the ways in which you can get rid of the bed bugs from these areas.

Bed bug treatment, doesn’t have to be as cumbersome as you think. Begin with de-cluttering your bedroom. Refrain from putting clothes, toys, books and other personal belongings on the floor as the bugs can cling to them and be transferred to another place. Dust these items to ensure there are no bugs sticking to them.

Once the cleaning part is over, it is time for vacuuming and steaming. Both vacuuming and steaming should be done along the window sills, along baseboards and headboards, by the edge of the carpet, and in the crevices of the furniture in your bedroom. Steam chairs, sofas, cabinet, your bed, and even your mattress. The nozzle of the steamer should be moved slowly so that you eliminate all the bed bugs and any possible eggs, in one go. Portable bed bug heaters are easily available online. These steamers can be used on practically any surface with ease, especially smaller items like bags, books, papers, shoes and so on.

Use Bed Bug Repellants

Even after vacuuming and steaming, you may not be able to get rid of all the bugs that may have settled in the deepest cracks and crevices of your bed. There are special powders and sprays available in the market that can kill these nasty pests effectively. Sprinkle the powder generously around your bed and lock up the room for a few days, before use. Be sure to clear up the room and wash the bedding thoroughly before you cozy up under the sheets again.

Change your bedding

Bed bug bites can cause nasty itch, and in some cases, a persistent rash too. If your bed is infested with bed bugs, take off all the bedding, pillowcases, and bed sheets, and simply junk them. This will prevent the spread of these bugs to other parts of your home. If you do not wish to get rid of the bedding, wash them in scalding hot water before use. Use the vacuum cleaner and clean the bed thoroughly before laying out fresh linen.

Once your bed and mattress are bug free, seal all cracks and crevices to ensure the bugs do not return.