Discovering bed bugs in your home can be very stressful and frustrating. These blood sucking pests can reproduce rapidly, so if you see one bed bug there is a good chance that you have an infestation somewhere in your home. Luckily, a bed bug infestation can be taken care of. If there are bed bugs in your home, take the following steps:
Contact a Pest Control Company
Bed bugs are not a type of pest that you can easily get rid of yourself. In order to prevent the infestation from getting worse, it is essential to contact a pest control company that specializes in bed bug control. A pest control technician will know how to identify the areas where bed bugs are present, and will also be familiar with which types of insecticides to use in order to kill off the bed bugs.
After discovering bed bugs, it is important to launder your towels, sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and clothing. In order to prevent accidentally spreading bed bugs throughout your home, place items in a plastic bag and seal the top while transporting to your washer. When laundering, make sure you use the hottest setting on both your washer and dryer. Place the clean items into a new plastic bag and tightly seal it--do not put items away until after the pest control company has completed the bed bug treatment.
Eliminate Hiding Spots
Bed bugs tend to love cluttered areas where there are a lot of things to hide under. Prior to your bed bug treatment, clean up clutter in any room where bed bugs have been spotted, and make sure the floor is clear. While cleaning up, it is also important to make sure that the area under your bed is completely clear. It is a good idea to vacuum the floor, drapes, and any upholstered furniture in a room that has bed bugs, but be sure you dispose of the contents of the vacuum in a plastic bag and then tightly seal it and take it outside of your home.
Protect Your Mattress
After a bed bug treatment is completed, it is a good idea to purchase encasements for your mattress and box spring. Encasements designed for bed bug control fit tightly on the mattress/box spring and can be zipped closed. This will ensure that any bed bug or eggs that happened to survive the bed bug treatment will not be able to escape and will eventually die.
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