Bed bugs seem to be making a bit of comeback in recent years in many parts of North America. At one time it was thought they had almost be eradicated during the mid 20th century but now there are many reports from around the world about the resurgence of bed bugs. The reason for this many be because with a now a more global, connected nation and with a lot more travelers moving around the world bed bugs can find themselves coming along for the ride on clothing, furniture, bedding or other luggage.
How To Find And Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
As you can imagine from their name most bed bugs can be found in and around beds. The first thing you should do is dismantle your bed. Many people believe you can’t see bed bugs with the naked eye but that isn’t true. You should look for small brown bugs or their molted light brown skins.
You may also be able to spot the black, dark spots of dried bed bug excrement around the mattress seams. If you find bed bug signs or the bed bugs themselves on your mattress or box spring getting rid of them entirely can be tricky and you may have to resort to throwing away the mattress and box spring unfortunately.
Make sure you check in the cracks and crevices of the bed frame also for the bed bugs or the skins. If the frame is wood there is a better chance that bed bugs will reside there (bed bugs prefer fabric and wood as opposed to metal and plastic). Make sure if your headboard is attached to the wall to remove it and check behind it also because this is often the place where bed bugs will reside.
Look for bed bug signs also in any nightstands or dressers that are in the bedroom. Just like the bed, bed bugs like to hide in cracks and crevices so they should be examined closely.
If a sofa is in the room then check it also for an infestation. Sofas and chairs can be a big hot spot of bed bug action because bed bugs love fabric to hide in.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to call in a profession pest control company. These guys have the experience, tools and treatments that are needed to get control of a bed bug infestation.
Barring calling in the professionals you could try rubbing alcohol on bed bugs. This kills them instantly. Also make sure you kill off any visible eggs.
Wash any bedding in water that is at least 120 degree Fahrenheit. Smaller items that can’t be laundered can be treated with heat if possible to kill of any bed bugs. You can wrap these small items in plastic and leave in a sunny spot for a few days to heat and kill off the bugs.
Thoroughly vacuum the house to get rid of bed bugs found on the mattress, in carpets and on walls. Make sure you get rid of the contents of the vacuum bag in a sealed bag and place in the bin right away.
If you follow through with these steps and make sure to closely inspect all crevice and crack and also repair any holes in walls and stick back any wallpaper that is loose you will have a fighting chance of get rid of bed bugs forever.