Bed bugs are a big problem, but they’re not the only thing that can infest your home. If you’ve got a bed bug problem and you want to know what to do next, keep reading!
Call a professional pest control company.
Call a reputable pest control firm if you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of locating and treating bed bugs on your own. A competent exterminator will be able to inspect your home and make recommendations for the most effective bed bug treatments. They’ll also provide you with pointers on how to keep your house free of bugs in the future.
The most trustworthy businesses will have insurance coverage for their workers’ time and equipment as well as safeguards against pests like bed bugs (and their eggs). Ensure that any business you choose has training programs available so that employees can stay current on new preventative or therapeutic techniques as needed.
Figure out how bed bugs are reaching you.
There are simple actions you may take if you have bed bugs and are having problems determining how they got into your house:
- Determine whether there is an infestation. The absence of apparent bed bugs. Therefore, search for eggs if you think they might be entering through a crack or crevice in your bedroom’s wall. Additionally, they will leave behind tiny bites that itch for days after being bitten.
- Before moving forward, identify the type of bed bug infestation you have because some require more aggressive measures than others. For instance, if two different types were present at the same time (one species attacking another), it would take more work from both parties involved due to their stark differences (one being very aggressive while another may not even bite back).
Find bed bugs and kill them.
In order to identify bed bugs, look for black or brown spots on your mattress, box spring, and sheets. If you find these on the edges of your bed, as well as in other places around the home that are often slept on by multiple people (such as behind a headboard or sofa), then this could be an indication that you have a problem with these insects.
You can also take pictures of any dead bugs. If you do find them dead but alive later on after they’ve been killed by cleaning chemicals—don’t worry! This is a common behavior among these pests because they want to escape detection by staying alive long enough until they begin their new life cycle again; so keep an eye out anyway just in case someone else needs help identifying what might be bothering them next time around too!
Use a steamer on all furniture and floorboards.
A steamer is a great way to kill bed bugs. If you have an old-fashioned home, you may not have access to an electric steamer. In that case, simply use a large pot filled with boiling water and place your furniture or floorboards into the hot water until they’re thoroughly soaked. You can also use your steamers outside if there are no fire hazards in the area where you live!
After bed bugs have been eliminated using the above-mentioned steam treatment process. Steaming treatment is safe for everyone and leaves no residue on surfaces like furniture or floors where bed bugs hide. It’s also pretty easy: just fill up whatever container will hold enough water (like those big metal cans people used 100 years ago), turn on your burner/stove top element until it’s boiling hot but not burning anything else around it yet; then place all of your items onto their surfaces—furniture legs being careful not overheat themselves from being placed directly onto heat sources without protection first!
Wash all clothing, bedding, curtains, and rugs in hot water at least once.
Wash all clothing, bedding, curtains, and rugs in hot water at least once. This will kill any bed bugs that may be present on your items.
Hot water is required for this treatment because the high temperatures kill off any living organisms such as eggs or larvae that have been deposited onto your clothes by an infestation of bed bugs. Bedbug bites can cause itching for several days after an encounter with these pests so it’s important to make sure you get rid of the bed bugs as soon as possible!
Use a brush to remove excess dust and dirt from the crevices of wooden furniture.
If you have a vacuum cleaner, use it to clean the furniture. Make sure that the vacuum cleaner has a brush attachment and use this to remove excess dust and dirt from the crevices of wooden furniture. Brush away any visible stains or gummed-up areas on your furniture with a soft-bristled brush; these can be difficult for an automatic cleaning tool to remove due to their small size and shape.
Carefully inspect all books before returning them to the shelf.
If you have a book that you think may contain bed bugs, open it and inspect it carefully. Look for tiny brown spots on the edges of pages or on the spine or cover of your book. Bed bugs can also be found in soft-cover books if they have been infested with eggs that are still viable inside their pages. You may also want to check other parts of your home like couches, chairs, and coffee tables where you store books as well as other surfaces such as desktops and kitchen countertop areas where clutter builds up quickly over time but is especially noticeable when there are no visible signs of infestation (such as small black dots).
Your Bed and Health Matters
Even after you’ve done mopping the floor, bed bugs may still be hidden in your mattress and box spring. They may go up to 18 months without eating. If you think a place may be infested, search every nook and cranny because they have a reputation for hiding in tight spaces like electrical outlets and furniture seams.
Don’t believe that just because someone else hasn’t experienced bed insect issues that you won’t either. Keep in mind that bed bugs can be transported via clothing, luggage, and other personal possessions. Only by checking for signs of them can you be sure that someone else did not bring their issue into your house (such as bites).
It’s quite unusual that anyone else has brought any bites back into their environment if there are no visible symptoms or indicators present. If something does happen—as you get bitten—don’t freak out!
When bed bugs are a problem in your house, there are many things you may do. Call a reputable pest treatment business, identify their source, then track them down and eradicate them. Afterward, you can vacuum your entire house, hang streamers from all of your furniture and floorboards, wash every article of clothing in hot water at least once, use steaming pads on beds, or cover furniture with fabric or faux fur.