Isn’t just the mere thought of bed bugs giving you the creeps already? But if you’re reading this, we take it you’ve found yourself embroiled with these nasty little creatures. The truth is that you’re not alone. Statistics show that one out of five Americans has experienced a bed bug infestation in their home. What’s more, we’ve just entered the summer season. Pest control professionals claim that they receive the most bed bug complaints during the summer, as the increased travel activity amplifies bed bug transfers in higher rates. So what do you have to do to get rid of them? Let’s find out.
What are bed bugs?
Before you start taking the necessary steps to get rid of bed bugs, you have to ensure that they are actually the culprit of your dilemma. More often than not, people mistake other insects as bed bugs when they’re not. So what are bed bugs, really?
According to WebMD, Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, however, their bodies swell and are a reddish color.
Bedbugs don’t fly. However, they can transfer fast and move quickly to walls and floors. As if that’s not terrifying enough, female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs over one lifetime.
How can I recognize bed bugs?
Recognizing bed bugs is relatively easy and straightforward. Here are a couple of ways:
- Look for bed bug bites. They usually look a lot like mosquito bites. However, bed bug bites can swell and spread out across the skin. More often than not, these bites can come at night.
- Check for some dark spots (bug excrement) along the mattress seams or other areas where bed bugs may reside.
- Check for smells of rotten raspberries or dried blood.
- Bedbugs can also exist in other places like curtains, carpets, and even school desks and public benches.
How do I get rid of bed bugs?
Once you’ve successfully determined that you have a bed bug infestation and located where the bed bugs are, it’s time to get rid of them. Read ahead for our simple step-by-step guide to getting rid of bed bugs.
- Prepare the room for treatment. If there are any items in the room that are no longer possible to treat, remove them. All other remaining items should be covered in plastic and removed from the room. Remove any items from the wall. And make sure that ay item you remove from the room is uninfected to prevent further spreading of the bed bugs.
- The best way to treat bed bugs is to use different kinds of chemical treatment products. This is because some bed bugs can be immune to certain pyrethroids. This is why it’s essential to use a variety of products to ensure their complete removal.
- Spray the infected area with your chemical remover. If you are treating mattresses or sofas, focus on the seams, tufts, and folds. Do this until the area is relatively damp. Let it dry before changing the sheets.
- Treat the room with insecticide. To ultimately ensure that bed bugs will not resurface, it’s always safer to treat the whole room itself. Spray onto the boards, the corners of the room, and around the doors or windows.
- Start vacuuming the entire room. This will ensure that any bed bugs left from the treatment are rid of.
PROTIP: It might be a good idea to consider hiring a pest control professional service. This is especially a better choice if the bed bug problem is extensive. They might be a little pricier, but its better safe now than be sorry later.