Bed bugs are probably the most common household pest and are notorious for their ability to hide in small spaces. They multiply quickly, can travel long distances and will bite almost any part of the body. If you’ve ever had them, then you know how difficult it can be getting rid of them—but don’t worry! We’ve got some tips to help you get started on the road to recovery.
Identify the problem.
If you think you have bed bugs, take a close look at the areas where they might be hiding. Bed bugs are small, flat and brown. They’re about 1/4 inch long and they move quickly. You may find them in the seams of mattresses and upholstered furniture or on walls near these items.
Bed bugs feed on blood, so if you’ve been bitten by one it’s possible that your sleep has been interrupted by an itchy bite mark on your skin. If this happens to be happening to you (or someone else), keep an eye out for additional bite marks that appear over time—they’ll likely be clustered together due to the bed bug’s preference for biting in groups during feeding sessions rather than from random locations across their host’s body all at once!
Isolate the infested area.
- Isolate the infested area.
- If you do find bed bugs, make sure to keep your room off-limits to other people as long as it remains infested. You can also seal off the space with plastic tarps if you need to temporarily use another room for sleeping or studying, but remember that bed bugs can be found in crevices and cracks of furniture or walls within a room! In addition, avoid leaving your windows open at night—bedbugs are attracted to warmth, so this will help prevent them from coming into contact with their food source (you).
Wash bedding and clothes.
The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to wash your clothes and bedding at a high temperature. This can be done in two ways: washing by hand or using a machine. If you use the machine, ensure that it is on a hot setting (at least 140 degrees F) for at least 20 minutes or until the laundry has cooled down. Use an enzyme laundry detergent because these are designed to dissolve proteins and other organic matter found in stains and bacteria. If you have old items that cannot be washed, dry clean them instead as this method kills both live bed bugs and eggs while they are still attached to fabric surfaces
Vacuum as much as possible.
- Vacuum as much as possible. You want to vacuum the mattress, box springs and bed frame, as well as all of your clothes and furniture. The heat from the machine will kill any eggs or bugs that are in sight.
- Wash all of your linens, clothing and stuffed animals at least once a week in hot water (130 degrees Fahrenheit). For mattresses, it is recommended that you wash them every few weeks with hot water and soap or chemical treatment on top of that; this helps wash away any dead bed bugs or eggs.
Steam clean your mattress and furniture.
You should steam clean your mattress and furniture. It’s important to use a steamer that can deliver high heat, and you’ll need to seal up all of your clothes so they don’t get ruined by the steam. Make sure you clean the bed frame, as well as under and around it. Don’t forget about cleaning behind the bed! You also want to pay special attention to any wall near where any bugs could be hiding out.
Contact a professional exterminator.
To get rid of bed bugs, you need to eliminate the pests and their eggs. This means a professional exterminator will have to come in and treat the home. Since bed bugs hide in many places, you can’t just treat the room where they’re seen. The exterminator should also be able to tell if there are other areas in your home that might be harboring bedbugs and let you know how much it would cost for further treatment.
You’ll also want to ask about what chemicals they use and if they have any side effects on children or pets (you may not even know if your child is allergic).
These steps should help you get rid of bed bugs fast. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us!