Bed bugs are small, red, wingless insects that feed on blood. Most of their meals are obtained from sleeping human hosts. The bugs often hide in small enclosed areas, such as the crevices of a mattress or headboard, and infestations can be difficult to eradicate. Here are a few steps to help you rid your home of a bed bug infestation:
Wipe Down Infested Surfaces
Consistent cleaning is a key component in an effective bed bug eradication plan. Bugs that are found can be collected by wiping them with a wet rag, but they should be crushed upon collection. In addition, used rinse water should be flushed away.
Use Steam and Heat
The high heat of a steamer can also be used to kill bed bugs and their eggs. In addition, ironing can used to destroy the bugs. Be sure to wash all bedding in hot water, and encase your mattress once your bedding is cleaned.
A vacuum can quickly collect eggs and bugs. However, once the tiny parasites are inside the vacuum bag, the bag should be removed and placed inside a plastic enclosure. The enclosed bag should immediately be taken from the house to ensure that no bugs escape to re-populate your home.
Get Rid of Clutter
Remove clutter, which can serve as additional hiding places for bed bugs, from under and around your bed. In addition, discard any unneeded items by enclosing them in a plastic encasement and placing them in an outside trash receptacle.
Use White Sheets
Bed bugs and their excrement may be more visible on white sheets. Fecal matter from bed bugs is usually blackish in color and appears as tiny dot-like stains on your bedding or mattress.
Collect a Sample
Bed bugs don't hop or fly, and they move at about the same pace as an ant. Use a plastic bag with a seal to trap a live bug so that it can be inspected by your pest control agent. The professional pest control application that is used to treat your home can be dependent on the type of bug found.
Schedule an Appointment With Your Pest Control Specialist
The successful treatment of a bed bug infestation requires professional expertise. Your specialist will treat your home with the most effective control methods available. He or she will also provide guidance for collaborative efforts that you can employ to help kill the bugs.
For more information, contact Best Control Pest Control Ltd. or a similar company.