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Discovering you may have bed bugs in your home is very disturbing for some people.
Getting rid of a bed bug infestation is far from easy. There are several things that you will need to take care of immediately.
Contact an Exterminator
Have the area assessed and serviced by an expert. They can determine if the pests are in fact bed bugs and provide you with a correct treatment plan.
They will also recommend preparation steps to be taken.
This includes discarding any items you do not require anymore. Do not dispose of your furniture until conversing with the pest control operator (PCO). The PCO will indicate which items can or cannot be treated.
Use a vacuum cleaner and its crevice attachment to suck up all potential spots where bed bugs may be lurking.
Scrub away any evidence of bed bugs as much as possible. This will help you spot any new bed bug activity during the next inspection.
Wash and dry your bedding and clothing. The intense heat from a clothes dryer will eliminate all stages of bed bugs.
After sanitizing items and making sure there are no more bed bugs on them, separate them from spaces in your home that may still have infestations.
Get rid of bed bugs in your sleeping area
Professional bed bug exterminators will tell you that the bed bugs will live close to their host. Namely, you. And the spot where you sleep is ideal for their habitation. They are close to their food source, while it is sleeping. So obviously, you need to focus on your sleeping area and minimize the bed bugs there.
Here are some tips in that regard:
-Take off the bed skirt to stop the bugs from climbing up.
-Vacuum all parts of the bed, including the mattress and box springs, frame (even underneath), headboard, and back of the headboard.
-Cleanse sheets, blankets, bedspread, and pillows with laundry detergent and then heat them in a dryer for 30 minutes so that any hiding bugs will be killed. Ensure that you don't overload the dryer or else items won't get hot enough.
Defending Your Bed Against Bed Bugs
While you may have strong evidence of bed bugs in one bedroom of your home, you may not be seeing the same signs in the other bedrooms. It's time to get on the defensive against bed bugs.
Bed Bug Interceptors for your bed
Separate Your Bed
• Position your bed a minimum of 15 cm (6 inches) away from the walls.
• Refrain from keeping items on your bed.
• Remain vigilant in protecting your bed.
• Avoid placing any objects on your bed that may be harboring bed bugs, such as bags, coats or any other items that have not been checked or cleaned.
• Heat treat all linens at least once a week until all the pests have been eliminated.
• Inspect and vacuum your mattress and frame at least weekly for new evidence of infestation.
You should clean and examine the area at least once a week until you can be certain that all of the bed bugs have been eradicated. This could take several weeks, depending on how severe the issue was, and if it is in a multi-family building, how well everyone works together.
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